Monday, April 22, 2013

Italy joins Russia in Fed Cup final

In a Fed Cup semifinal rubber delayed until this morning because of darkness, Roberta Vinci defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Safarova led by 2-0 in the final set, but couldn't hold onto the break. With a 3-1 score against defending champion Czech Repubic, Italy advanced to the final for the fifth time in eight years.

Italy's opponent will be Russia, who came back from 0-2 down to defeat the Slovak Republic. Italy has won Fed Cup three times, and Russia has taken the championship four times.

In a delayed World Group Play-Off, Australia defeated Switzerland 3-1 today. All four singles rubbers were played today because the entire weekend was rained out. Sam Stosur won both of her rubbers, and Ashleigh Barty won her only rubber. Jarmila Gajdosova lost to Romina Oprandi. Stosur defeated both Oprandi and Stefanie Voegele, and Barty defeated Voegele.

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