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Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

Petra Kvitova from Czech Republic reacts after winning a point against Kristina Mladenovic from France during the Fed Cup tennis semifinal match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles matches on Saturday.

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Berdych reaches Monte Carlo semifinals after Raonic retires

Marin Cilic of  Croatia during his quarterfinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in Monaco, Friday April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

MONACO (AP) — Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you’re an U.S. Open champion.

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Serena Williams begins her clay season at Italy in Fed Cup

In this March 30, 2015, file phota, Serena Williams returns the ball to Svetlana Kuznetsova during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. The top-ranked player could face quite a challenge this weekend, though, when she may have to play three matches in two days before a hostile crowd on slow red clay against Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Besides playing two singles matches in the best-of-five series, Fernandez said Serena will also be expected to play doubles if the match is tied 2-2 Sunday.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Having learned to play on rock-hard cement in Compton, California, Serena Williams could easily be excused if she didn’t like the slow, red clay courts of Europe.

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S. Africa: Rape sentencing delayed in Bob Hewitt trial

Retired tennis player Bob Hewitt, left, with his wife Delaille leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015, after his sentencing was postponed. Hewitt, a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was convicted in the South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African judge on Friday postponed the sentencing hearing of former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

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Martina Hingis to make singles comeback in Fed Cup match

Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, returns to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. Sania Mirza and Hingis won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis will play her first competitive singles match since 2007 in a Fed Cup playoff on Saturday.

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