Posts Tagged Women’s tennis

Serena Williams beats Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy

Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball to Italy's Camila Giorgi  during a Fed Cup World Group playoff tennis match in Brindisi, Italy, Saturday, April 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

BRINDISI, Italy (AP) — Nineteen Grand Slam titles. Nearly 20 years as a professional. An undefeated record this year. And not one career loss in the Fed Cup.

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Losing return for Hingis in Fed Cup playoffs

Switzerland's Martina Hingis serves  a  ball  to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their Fed Cup World Group Playoff tennis match between Poland and Switzerland, in Zielona Gora, Poland, Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis  played  her first competitive singles match since 2007.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) — Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.

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Fed Cup: Netherlands and Australia 1-1

‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

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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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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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