Archives for February 2013

Fed Cup World Group first round picks

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Huber, Fernandez, Lepchenko, Oudin and Hampton look to pull an upset in Italy.


These two teams faced off in the 2010? Final when Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta went up against CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek Sands and Melanie Oudin in singles. Oudin managed to upset Schiavone on day 2, but Pennetta won both her matches and Schiavone bested Coco on day one so the 2013 starting singles Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberto Vinci never got a chance to play.

They will now in Rimini when Errani opens against Jamie Hampton and Vinci takes on another Varvara Lepchenko, both of whom are rookies. Had the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens played, the US could have been called the favorites by a nose, but now they are underdogs by at least a half a length.

Lepchenko is more than capable of winning her match as she

Davis Cup first round wrap: Sam is the man- Phew!

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Querrey was the 5th rubber stopper.

Davis Cup is an international competition so its ties are scheduled on dates that work in the over all calendar, not to the benefit of any particular nation, which is why the US faced Brazil on the weekend Feb. 1-3, with the last day being Super Bowl Sunday. Trying to pack a stadium on that day is impossible as it’s the biggest sporting day in the US and given that many tennis fans are also football fans, not enough folks came out to see Sam Querrey finish off Thiago Alves 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 in the final rubber after Thomaz Bellucci has tuned an out-of-sorts John Isner 2-6 6-4 6-7 6-4 6-3.

Around 115 million people watched the Super Bowl and hopefully some of the them turned into the tennis as the pre-game show, as life got very dicey for Jim Courier