Italy has won the Fed Cup by defeating Russia in the final tie. This is the 4th time that the Italian team has won this prestigious tournament.
The Russian team had come into this final tie without its superstars who were either injured or busy in playing other tournaments. So, the Italians were considered as the favourites and they didn’t disappoint their fans. They got better of an inexperienced Russian team with ease.
Sara Errani who played a major part in Italy’s victory looked ecstatic while having a chat with the reporters at the end of the tie.
Errani said, “It was a fantastic team effort. Everybody played well. I am really pleased that we won and I contributed in that.”
Errani played two singles matches in this final tie. First she faced Irina Khromacheva and defeated her by 6-1, 6-4. Then, she played against Alisa Kleybanova and beat her by 6-1, 6-1.
Errani looked at her peak in both those matches and bamboozled her opponents with her shots.
The captain of the Italian Fed Cup team, Corrado Barazzutti, hailed Errani for being so impressive in this all important clash.
Barazzutti said, “Sara is a great player and she showed her class. The other players were fantastic too. I want to thank each and every person who helped us during this campaign. It’s a memorable day for all of us.”
With this win, Italy is now equalized with Russia in terms of winning the Fed Cup titles. Both have won 4 titles each.
The country which has won the most number of Fed Cup titles is USA. They have won 13 titles. The no. 2 position is jointly acquired by Czech Republic and Australia. These two teams have won 7 titles each.
Schiavone Video clip Score: five / five
Francesca Schiavone has been defeated by the local superstar Serena Williams in the opening round of the ongoing US Open. Serena won the match easily in the straight sets by 6-0, 6-1.
It was another display of destructive tennis by Serena. She has entered Flushing Meadows as hot favourite this year and she justified that tag in style yesterday. It took her just about an hour to knock her Italian opponent out of the competition.
It was the 8th match between these two players and Serena defeated Schiavone for the 6th time.
In the post match interview, Serena said, “Competing against a quality player like Francesca in the opening round is not an easy draw. I couldn’t have taken this match lightly. I had to be spot on.”
Serena came into the opening set in a ferocious mood. The crowd was behind her too. The spectators out there were cheering each and every shot coming out of the racket of the 31 years old local veteran.
Serena needed just 20 odd minutes to seal the opener. Her shots were just too good for Schiavone who looked all over the place. The Italian couldn’t win even a single game.
Serena seemed to be doing the same thing in the second set too. With a couple of successive breakthroughs (in the 1st and the 3rd game), she raced to a lead of 4-0 and it seemed that she would secure double bagel, but, that wasn’t the case to be.
Schiavone managed to hold her serve in the 5th game and made sure that she would not have to suffer the humiliation of double bagel defeat.
However, that remained the only game to be won by Schiavone in the match. With a serve hold in the 6th game and then, with a breakthrough in the 7th game, Serena clinched the second set by 6-1 and moved into the next round.