BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia will play its Fed Cup semifinal against Belarus on April 20-21 on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.
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Romania upsets Czechs in Fed Cup, Australia beats US
Romania upset defending champion Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup on Sunday, along with France, Belarus and Australia.
Romania reached the semifinals for the first time after its first victory against the Czechs, who won six titles in the last eight years.
Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five contest with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win over Czech pair Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles.
Fed Cup: France and Belarus lead 2-0; Czechs and US tied
France and Belarus were in command of their Fed Cup first-round ties while 2018 finalists the Czech Republic and the United States were level in their ties on Saturday.
Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Pliskova won the first point for the Czechs against Romania after easing past Mihaela Burzanescu 6-1, 6-4 on an indoor hard-court in Ostrava.
But Simona Halep won the second singles by routing Katerina Siniakova, the star of last year's final victory against the United States, 6-4, 6-0.
Keys, Collins among US Fed Cup team vs Australia
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 23 Danielle Collins will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia next month.
Sofia Kenin and Nicole Melichar will join them on the team announced Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. The 25-year-old Collins recently reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open.
The first round of the World Group will be held Feb. 9-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup after Kvitova pulls out
PRAGUE (AP) — Karolina Pliskova will be the top player for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic in its first-round meeting with Romania, after Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova pulled out.
Pliskova lost in the Australian Open semifinals this month to Naomi Osaka, who then defeated Kvitova in the final.
Svitolina in Fed Cup dispute with Ukraine tennis officials
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Australian Open quarterfinalist Elina Svitolina is in a dispute with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and has withdrawn from her country's Fed Cup team.
Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured. But the federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands.
Former pro Mardy Fish announced as new US Davis Cup captain
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association says former top-10 player Mardy Fish is the country's new Davis Cup captain.
Fish's appointment to succeed Jim Courier was announced Wednesday.
Czechs beat defending champion US 3-0 in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — Six finals, six victories.
The Czech Republic kept its perfect record in the Fed Cup finals by capturing the trophy for the sixth time in eight years by defeating defending champion United States.
Katerina Siniakova saved two match points before defeating Sofia Kenin 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead over defending champion United States in the best-of-five final. The remaining two matches were not played.
Czechs lead defending champ US 2-0 in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — Barbora Strycova and Katerina Siniakova won their singles for the Czech Republic to take a commanding 2-0 over the defending champion United States in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.
Strycova rallied from a set down to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.
Siniakova stretched the advantage by dispatching Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (2) to the delight of more than 14,000 fans at Prague's O2 Arena.
Kenin to open Fed Cup final for US against Strycova
PRAGUE (AP) — America's chances of retaining the Fed Cup this weekend improved on Friday when two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was ruled out of the opening singles for the Czech Republic due to illness.
Kvitovsa was the second top-10 player lost to the Czechs, after Karolina Pliskova was ruled out last Saturday by calf and wrist injuries.
Inexperienced US faces weakened Czechs in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — United States captain Kathy Rinaldi has had a winning formula since taking over the Fed Cup team, and she's not expected to change anything in this year's final against the Czech Republic.
Under her charge since 2017, the U.S. has won five straight matches, including last year's final against Belarus.
Pliskova out of Fed Cup final, Krejcikova in for Czechs
PRAGUE (AP) — World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova has been ruled out of the Czech Republic team in the Fed Cup final against the defending champion United States next weekend due to calf muscle and wrist injuries.
The Czech team says Pliskova was injured last week during the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she lost to Sloane Stephens of the United States in the semifinals.
Williams sisters, Stephens, Keys out of Fed Cup final for US
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the top five U.S. women in the WTA singles rankings will skip the country's Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, including both Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.
Instead, the roster announced for the defending champions by captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday includes No. 35 Danielle Collins, No. 48 Sofia Kenin and No. 63 Alison Riske in singles, along with Nicole Melichar, who is ranked 15th in doubles.
Kvitova, Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup final against US
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic will have its top-10 players available for next weekend's Fed Cup final against the defending champion United States.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who is ranked seventh, and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova have been named to lead the Czechs in their sixth final in eight years.
Ola Malmqvist promoted to director of coaching for USTA
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ola Malmqvist is being promoted to director of coaching for U.S. Tennis Association player development.
The USTA also announced two other moves Friday: Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi is replacing Malmqvist as head of women's tennis, and director of player identification and development Kent Kinnear is becoming head of men's tennis.
Kinnear steps in for Brian Boland, who left the USTA in May to become Baylor's tennis coach.
With Davis Cup changes set, a remade Fed Cup could be next
LONDON (AP) — Fed Cup prize money will double to $7.5 million next year as the International Tennis Federation looks into how to change the format of the women's team competition after already overhauling the men's Davis Cup.
The ITF says Friday it intends to set up a 16-team, one-site Fed Cup tournament, similar to the new Davis Cup setup approved last week.
Already new for 2019 in the Fed Cup: adding third-set tiebreakers and allowing teams to carry five players instead of four.
LONDON (AP) — Fed Cup finalists the Czech Republic and United States will begin the 2019 competition at home against Romania and Australia respectively.
Reaching the final this year guaranteed the Czechs and Americans home ties in the 2019 first round on Feb. 9-10.
Also drawn in the World Group on Tuesday were Belgium vs. France, and Germany vs. Belarus.
NANCHANG, China (AP) — Former Russia Fed Cup player Margarita Gasparyan earned her first WTA main-draw win in more than two years at the Jiangxi Open on Monday.
Gasparyan beat former qualifier and former junior world No. 1 Shilin Xu 6-1, 6-4.
Gasparyan won WTA singles (1) and doubles (2) titles in 2015 and played for Russia in 2016 then fell off the main tour because of injuries.
PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova withdrew from her home Prague Open because of a right thigh injury on Monday.
Pliskova won the Stuttgart Open on Sunday for her 10th-career WTA title, and the previous week helped the Czech Republic beat Germany in Stuttgart in the Fed Cup semifinals.
Pliskova was due to face her sister Krystina in the first round. Her spot in the draw was taken by Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, and lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch of Germany came into the main draw.
Keys sends US into second straight Fed Cup final
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Defending champion United States will play in a second consecutive Fed Cup final after defeating France 3-2 on Sunday.
Madison Keys secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second reverse singles. Keys' victory gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-1 lead over France in the World Group semifinals.
The Czech Republic will host the U.S. in the Nov. 10-11 final after defeating Germany 4-1 in Stuttgart.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Petra Kvitova defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour to send the Czech Republic to the Fed Cup final with what proved to be a 4-1 win over Germany on Sunday.
After Kvitova won the deciding rubber to make it 3-1, Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Strycova also won the doubles match that they were leading 7-5 when Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld retired after 37 minutes.
Fed Cup: Japan wins decisive doubles to beat Britain 3-2
MIKI, Japan (AP) — Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya beat Johanna Konta and Heather Watson 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in doubles on Sunday to give Japan a 3-2 win over Britain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff.
Konta beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give Britain a 2-1 lead after the two countries split the opening singles matches on Saturday.
Fed Cup: France and US 1-1 in semifinals
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic rallied to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and draw France level with defending champion United States in their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.
The 20th-ranked Mladenovic dropped serve five times but broke No. 16 Vandeweghe's serve six times.
Earlier, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens struggled to put away Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (3), 7-5 at the 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix on indoor clay.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup semifinals with dominant displays in their opening rubbers on Saturday.
Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2, before Pliskova followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber in the World Group.
"No one expected it," Pliskova said after the German hosts failed to win a set.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup semifinal with dominant displays in their opening rubbers on Saturday.
Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2, before Pliskova followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber in the World Group.
"No one expected it," Pliskova said after the German hosts failed to win a set.
Fed Cup: Japan and Britain 1-1 after opening day
MIKI, Japan (AP) — Johanna Konta has leveled Britain's Fed Cup World Group playoff against Japan with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara on Saturday.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the second set, Konta broke Nara to lead 5-2 and then served for the win to level the playoff at 1-1.
Naomi Osaka, who claimed her first WTA title at Indian Wells in March, hit 11 aces to beat Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3 in the opening singles.
WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) — Ashleigh Barty has leveled Australia's Fed Cup World Group playoff against the Netherlands with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Quirine Lemoine on indoor hard courts.
In the opening singles match Saturday, Lesley Kerkhove upset Samantha Stosur 7-5, 7-6 (1). Stosur had her chance to get back into the match, holding two break points in the eighth game of the second set, but she allowed Kerkhove to win the next four points and then was outclassed in the tiebreaker.
Fed Cup: Barty, Stosur to play singles for Australia
WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) — Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur were named to play both singles and doubles for Australia against the Netherlands in their Fed Cup World Group playoff beginning Saturday.
Australia captain Alicia Molik on Friday overlooked the 24th-ranked Daria Gavrilova, ranked 32 places above 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur.
Stosur will face Lesley Kerkhove in the first match on Saturday before Barty takes on Quirine Lemoine in the second on indoor hard courts.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys and semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, along with former No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, are on the American roster that will face France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's picks for the April 21-22 matches on an indoor clay court in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Stephens is ranked No. 9 this week, with Keys 13th and Vandeweghe 16th.
Mladenovic, Parmentier named in France’s Fed Cup team
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse have been named in France's Fed Cup team for the semifinals against the United States.
France will host the Americans on clay in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence from April 21-22 at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix.
Pliskova, Kvitova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup semifinals
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic will have two top-10 players available for next weekend's Fed Cup semifinals against Germany.
Sixth-ranked Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who is ranked 10th, will lead the Czechs at the April 21-22 series on indoor clay at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart.
It will be the 10th straight Fed Cup semifinals for the Czechs.
SYDNEY (AP) — Tennis Australia said Friday that Wollongong, south of Sydney, will host Australia's Fed Cup World Group playoff against the Netherlands on April 21-22.
The match will be played indoors on a hard court at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre.
Australia, which leads the head-to-head matches with the Netherlands 8-2, will be looking to return to the World Group for the first time since 2015. Australia beat Ukraine 3-2 at home in the first round in February.
France to host US on clay for Fed Cup semis in April
PARIS (AP) — The French Tennis Federation has opted for a clay court when it hosts the United States in the Fed Cup semifinals in April.
The federation says in a statement on Monday that the southern city of Aix-en-Provence will stage the tie from April 21-22 at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix.
France and the U.S. will meet for a 14th time, with the Americans holding an 11-2 winning record.
Fed Cup: 10th straight SFs for Czechs; Serena returns for US
The Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-1 to advance to its 10th straight Fed Cup semifinals on Sunday, and Serena Williams played her first competitive match in more than a year as defending champion United States defeated the Netherlands 3-1.
The Czechs, Fed Cup champions in five of the last seven years, travel to Germany, which made its first semifinals since 2015 after beating 2017 finalist Belarus 3-2 in Minsk. The U.S. goes to France, which defeated Belgium 3-2.
France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Two-time champion France advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday, with Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 against Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens in the deciding doubles.
Serena Williams loses in doubles, US advances in Fed Cup
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The first step in Serena Williams' comeback underscored how far she has to go after spending over a year away from the game.
In Williams' first competition since giving birth five months ago, she and sister Venus lost 6-2, 6-3 to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in a Fed Cup doubles match Sunday.
"I honestly feel better than I thought I was going to feel," she said.
Fed Cup: Germany upsets Belarus 3-2 in Minsk to make semis
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tatjana Maria won two points in her first Fed Cup tie in seven years and led Germany past 2017 finalist Belarus and into the semifinals on Sunday.
The Germans, who last appeared in the semifinals in 2015, will host the Czech Republic in April. They last met the Czechs in the 2014 final, losing it 3-1.
Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup semis
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4 Sunday.
Kvitova's victory in the first reverse singles gave the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the first-round match and secured a 10th straight appearance in the last four. They will face Germany or Belarus in the April semifinals.
Fed Cup World Group II: Australia 3, Ukraine 2
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ashleigh Barty won both her singles and combined with Casey Dellacqua to win Sunday's doubles and lead Australia to a 3-2 win over Ukraine in their Fed Cup World Group II tennis tie.
Barty and Dellacqua, playing on her 33rd birthday, revived their successful combination to beat twin sisters Nadiia and Lyudmyla Kichenok 6-3 6-4 in the doubles decider.
Venus Williams, Vandeweghe give US 2-0 lead in Fed Cup
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Venus Williams used her 1,000th career singles match to get the United States off to a strong start in its Fed Cup title defense.
CoCo Vandeweghe needed to stage a comeback to make sure that momentum continued.
Williams and Vandeweghe won their singles matches Saturday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands. One of those matches proved much closer than the other.
Williams beat Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4 in to improve her career singles record to 776-224.
Fed Cup: US, Czechs up 2-0 after Day 1
The defending champion United States and Czech Republic were one more win away from making the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.
The competition's most successful teams won their opening singles in World Group first-round home ties, the Americans against the Netherlands, and the Czechs against Switzerland.
The two other ties, France-Belgium and Belarus-Germany were 1-1.
After Venus Williams won her 1,000th singles to open the U.S. account, Coco Vandeweghe almost blew it in Asheville, North Carolina.
Fed Cup: Belarus and Germany 1-1
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus and Germany finished 1-1 after the opening singles of their Fed Cup World Group tie on Saturday.
After Aryna Sabalenka beat Tatjana Maria, playing her first tie for Germany in seven years, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, Belarus would have expected to go 2-0 up.
But Antonia Lottner, making her Fed Cup debut for Germany, upset Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked more than 100 spots higher, 7-5, 6-4.
"I feel amazing," Lottner said. "I was so nervous, my pulse must have been 200 (bpm)."
Fed Cup: Mladenovic levels for France against Belgium
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4 to draw France level with Belgium at 1-1 in their Fed Cup first-round match on Saturday.
The 13th-ranked Mladenovic constantly pressured Flipkens' serve, taking five of 11 break-point chances and beating the Belgian for the second time in two career meetings.
Elise Mertens, ranked 20th, earlier swept aside Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-1 to give Belgium the lead on the indoor hard court in western France.
Kvitova, Strycova win, Czechs lead Swiss 2-0 in Fed Cup
PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Barbora Strycova won the opening singles matches on Saturday to give the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0 lead over Switzerland in the Fed Cup first round.
Kvitova put the Czechs ahead after she overcame a second-set scare to beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Strycova doubled the advantage with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Belinda Bencic to put the Czechs one win away from their 10th straight Fed Cup semifinals.
Fed Cup World Group II: Ukraine 1, Australia 1 after 1st day
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk evened Ukraine's Fed Cup World Group II match with Australia at 1-1, beating Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Saturday.
Kostyuk, who made it to the third round at the Australian Open as a qualifier, dominated the first-set tiebreaker after several exchanges of service breaks. She clinched the match when Gavrilova hit a return long.
Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Tennis fans anxiously awaiting Serena Williams' return to competitive tennis will have to wait one more day.
Williams won't be playing in either of Saturday's Fed Cup singles matches as she makes her comeback five months after becoming a mother. Williams teams up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in Sunday's doubles match.
Fed Cup: 2017 finalist Belarus set for rookie Germans
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka will try to get Belarus off to a good start against Tatjana Maria, who will play her first Fed Cup tie for Germany in seven years on Saturday.
Maria is leading Germany because the country's three leading players are unavailable: Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Carina Witthoeft. Neither are Laura Siegemund and Andrea Petkovic. All five featured last year.
Fed Cup: Parmentier to open play for France against Belgium
PARIS (AP) — Pauline Parmentier will open play against in-form Elise Mertens in France's Fed Cup first-round tie against Belgium on Saturday.
France's top player, Kristina Mladenovic, will take on Kirsten Flipkens in the second singles on the indoor hard-court of Mouilleron-le-Captif, in western France.
Mertens made it to the Australian Open semifinals last month, losing to eventual champion Caroline Wozniaki.
Fed Cup: Kvitova v Golubic opens for Czechs v Swiss
PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will face Viktorija Golubic in the opening singles when the Czech Republic plays Switzerland in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group on Saturday.
Kvitova returns to Fed Cup for the first time since recovering from injuries in a knife attack at her home in December 2016. She won in St. Petersburg, Russia, this month, beating two top-10 players.