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Sara Errani Sanctioned For Doping Violations

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2017 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) has found that Sara Errani committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and, as a consequence, has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two months, commencing on 3 August 2017. Ms. […]

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP AND WORLD GROUP II TIES

The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February.

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 3-6 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

Live scoring will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the week. The English and Spanish websites will both feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and live streaming. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content at http://www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

ROMANIA v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Romania
Simona Halep
Irina-Camelia Begu
Monica Niculescu
Andreea Mitu
Captain: Alina Cercel-Tecsor

Czech Republic
Petra Kvitova
Karolina Pliskova
Barbora Strycova
Denisa Allertova
Captain: Petr Pala

GERMANY v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, GER (hard – indoor)

Germany
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Julia Goerges
Annika Beck
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Switzerland
Belinda Bencic
Timea Bacsinszky
Viktorija Golubic
Martina Hingis
Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

FRANCE v ITALY
Venue: Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, FRA (hard – indoor)

France
Kristina Mladenovic
Caroline Garcia
Pauline Parmentier
Oceane Dodin
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

Italy
Sara Errani
Camila Giorgi
Francesca Schiavone
Martina Caregaro
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Maria Sharapova photo credit: Ian Gampon https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/legalcode
Maria Sharapova
photo credit: Ian Gampon
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/legalcode

RUSSIA v NETHERLANDS
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

Russia
Maria Sharapova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Ekaterina Makarova
Darya Kasatkina
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Netherlands
Kiki Bertens
Richel Hogenkamp
Cindy Burger
Arantxa Rus
Captain: Paul Haarhuis

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

SLOVAKIA v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

Slovakia
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Dominika Cibulkova
Daniela Hantuchova
Jana Cepelova
Captain: Matej Liptak

Australia
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Jarmila Wolfe
Kimberly Birrell
Captain: Alicia Molik

CANADA v BELARUS
Venue: PEPS, Québec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

Canada
Gabriela Dabrowski
Francoise Abanda
Carol Zhao
Aleksandra Wozniak
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

Belarus
Victoria Azarenka
Olga Govortsova
Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Vera Lapko
Captain: Eduard Dubrou

Sloane Stephens Fed Cup By BNP Paribas  photo credit: Александр Осипов  https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959726552/in/photolist-bB1qeo-bB1pMy-bPV3A8-bB1qh3-bPSCDn-bB1q3L-qPTsgj-qQ3Hk8-bPSCi2-qQBh4U-qasNCW-r7ow37-bAXZUN-bPSD3V-bAY17u-bAXZG3-bAXZwy-bPSDEi-bPSDFg-bPSD7v-bAY1fs-bPSD6K-bAXZiS-bAY1Gw-bPSErT-bPSDh6-bAY16A-bB1noG-bPSCXZ-bAXZ7U-bAXZVy-bAXZWS-bAXZsf-bAXZ59-bPSDDe-bPSCWr-bPUZY2-bAXZFf-bAXYXs-bAY1qG-bPV1Pn-bPSDeP-bB1myE-bAXZhY-bAY1iW-bAY1ey-bAY1XE-bAXZnU-bAXZoQ-bPSDvV
Sloane Stephens Fed Cup By BNP Paribas
photo credit: Александр Осипов
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USA v POLAND
Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

USA
Venus Williams
Sloane Stephens
Coco Vandeweghe
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

Poland
Magda Linette
Paula Kania
Alicja Rosolska
Playing captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

SERBIA v SPAIN
Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)

Serbia
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski
Ivana Jorovic
Nina Stojanovic
Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica

Spain
Garbine Muguruza
Carla Suarez Navarro
Lara Arruabarrena
Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Captain: Conchita Martinez

FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS RESULTS: 19 April 2015

below Sunday’s results for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

Czech Republic will host Russia in the Fed Cup Final on 14-15 November. In the semifinals, Czech Republic overcame France 3-1 in Ostrava, while Russia defeated Germany 3-2 in Sochi.

Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland all won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, France, Germany and Russia in the 2016 World Group.

Belarus, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain all won their World Group II play-off ties, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Canada, Poland and USA, in 2016 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Japan, Paraguay and Sweden, will contest their respective regional Zone Group I events in 2016.

The draw for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held in Paris on Wednesday 3 June. The top two seeds in the 2016 World Group will be the 2015 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 20 April.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

ITF, FED CUP, BY BNP PARIBAS

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated FRANCE 3-1
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 46 76(1) 61
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 64
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 64
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) not played
Kristina Mladenovic/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) 06 63 [10-8]

RUSSIA defeated GERMANY 3-2
Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 46 76(4) 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 60
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki/Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 63

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

ITALY defeated USA 3-2
Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Serena Williams (USA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 76(5) 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62
Serena Williams (USA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 46 76(3) 63
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 61
Sara Errani/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alison Riske/Serena Williams (USA) 60 63

NETHERLANDS defeated AUSTRALIA 4-1
Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 63
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 63
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 06 75 75
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua/Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 62 76(3)

BNP Paribas Fed Cup

SWITZERLAND defeated POLAND 3-2
Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 64 60
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 61
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 46 75 61
Timea Bacsinszky/Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 26 64 97

ROMANIA defeated CANADA 3-2
Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 46 75 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 64 64
Andreea Mitu (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 46 64 61
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 36 75 62
Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) 61 46 [10-5]

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

SERBIA defeated PARAGUAY 4-1
Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 63
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 62 60
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 36 62 61
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 60 62
Aleksandra Krunic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 61 64

SLOVAKIA defeated SWEDEN 4-0
Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 63 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 62 60
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Ellen Allgurin (SWE) 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE) not played
Jana Cepelova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 46 63 [10-7]

Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas  photo credit: Tatiana  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kulitat/16295122327/in/photolist-qPWL9X-bB1p1j-bPV3CF-bPV3qK-bB1osq-bB1oFE-bB1pJj-bB1oth-bPV1Ax-bPSEoD-bB1nz3-bB1q6Y-bAY15L-bB1qiE-qPTkLf-r7jqFn-qPUKhU-bB1q5s-bPSDt6-bAXZdN-bPSCVK-qQ1Kf6-qQBhVU-r824ec-bB1p2q-bB1pmG-bB1p3W-bPV3nX-bB1puJ-bPV3vK-bPV2Lx-bB1oWy-bB1pQm-bPV3Hc-bB1oyq-bPV3Wp-bB1pqy-9Yd3wq-bPSCon-qQzMvw-qQBbMb-qQBbC3-bAXYzS-bB1pWm-bPV2wg-bPV2g4-bPSDx8-bPV2SR-bPV3h2-bB1oa7
Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas
photo credit: Tatiana
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BELARUS defeated JAPAN 3-2
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 62
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 46 62
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 63 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 76(5) 46 64
Victoria Azarenka/Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 64

SPAIN defeated ARGENTINA 4-0
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 46 76(2) 61
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 61
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 61 46 97
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) not played
Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 64 16 [10-3]

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/asia-oceania/2015.aspx

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP III EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-iii/europe-africa/2015.aspx

FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS RESULTS 18 April 2015

The ITF has announced the latest results for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

India was promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I after defeating Philippines in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group II promotion play-off on Saturday. Denmark and Lithuania were promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II after defeating Greece and Moldova respectively.

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, with the losers contesting 2016 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2016 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2016 Zone Group I events.

Live scoring will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the week. In addition, the English and Spanish versions of the website will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and live streaming. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content on http://www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC leads FRANCE 2-0
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 46 76(1) 61
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 64
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

RUSSIA leads GERMANY 2-0
Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 46 76(4) 63
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959258742/in/photolist-bAY2aG-bAXDjE-9gY3Nx-bPSgHc-bPShya-bPShJ8-bPSgL6-bAXDrh-bAXDAy-bAXEq7-bPSiLT-bAXCyh-bAXE35-bPSipD-bAXEE3-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V
Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

ITALY level with USA 1-1
Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Serena Williams (USA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 76(5) 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62
Sara Errani (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Karin Knapp/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Christina McHale/Alison Riske (USA)

NETHERLANDS level with AUSTRALIA 1-1
Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 63
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 63
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Casey Dellacqua/Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

POLAND level with SWITZERLAND 1-1
Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska photo credit: Pete Edgeler https://www.flickr.com/photos/pete_edgeler/7519424264/in/photolist-cst1RW-cst1gW-cst1dd-cst1Jw-5iLtNv-8fxHLm-fncbb8-fnrkC1-fKMnZq-fnrnyQ-2ZpnZx-8ey8ja-d5t3aG-d5sYyu-d5sY8w-d5sWW5-d5t2GJ-cst21E-7y1EJm-c5JUiW-9WY1ST-8fxHMy-pPd4aj-pwFMsj-pwFNwy-pwFNAG-pP8Ji2-pwJxaY-pwD7mZ-pwFKz1-pP8K4a-pwD8pv-pwFKjm-pwD9mF-pPd2vs-pwFNEj-pwJvu3-pPd2HG-pM3emN-pPd4xo-pP8MLz-6PW1wK-cayr55-23o2ED-cays8W-cayeUb-cayqoq-caye21-caya6U-caydGw
Agnieszka Radwanska
photo credit: Pete Edgeler
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Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 64 60
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)/Martina Hingis (SUI)

CANADA level with ROMANIA 1-1
Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 46 75 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 64 64
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)
Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU)

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

SERBIA leads PARAGUAY 2-0
Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 63
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 62 60
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Jelena Jankovic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

SLOVAKIA leads SWEDEN 2-0
Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 63 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 62 60
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ellen Allgurin/Cornelia Lister (SWE)

JAPAN level with BELARUS 1-1
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 62
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 46 62
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Misaki Doi (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

SPAIN leads ARGENTINA 2-0
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 46 76(2) 61
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 61
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/asia-oceania/2015.aspx

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP III EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-iii/europe-africa/2015.aspx

Draws Announced For Fed Cup By BNP Paribas World Group Semifinals And Play-Offs

The ITF has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

Two Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hyderabad, India (14-18 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (15-18 April).

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, with the losers contesting 2016 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2016 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2016 Zone Group I events.

Live scoring will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the week. In addition, the English and Spanish versions of the website will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and live streaming. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content on http://www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959258742/in/photolist-bAY2aG-bAXDjE-9gY3Nx-bPSgHc-bPShya-bPShJ8-bPSgL6-bAXDrh-bAXDAy-bAXEq7-bPSiLT-bAXCyh-bAXE35-bPSipD-bAXEE3-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V
Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC v FRANCE
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

RUSSIA v GERMANY
Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic (GER)

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

ITALY v USA
Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)
Sara Errani (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Sara Errani (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Karin Knapp/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Christina McHale/Alison Riske (USA)

Sara Errani photo credit: si.robi https://www.flickr.com/photos/sirobi/14456955920/in/photolist-o2vFjG-nYN9BZ-fMrRWK-ffZQh8-d5rVbS-d5rT53-d5rSGy-ocfbTr-fMrRir-fMJrnY-fMJrgA-fMrRAM-fMJrFY-fMrRH2-pjw1H7-eEDC7N-qYBrch-nSYLFm-dfAMWp-ffZR3i-c7iqeA-oqzMTx-o969XV-o969JY-q3oGLq-qGWxfK-9UFVYs-nc2Lov-nc3tfc-nterXX-fm4uGa-ffZRAB-9UD5CB-p549eb-p553Gp-qGeJSH-pqmhy8-c7ip6w-9UFWmS-d5rUwh-nc2YpK-ntyLxh-ey3JNu-qGeJVZ-nvi7bK-p549hh-pmy6yc-oZ1sCd-oGxsYR-ntfoKo
Sara Errani
photo credit: si.robi
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NETHERLANDS v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Kiki Bertens (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Casey Dellacqua/Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

POLAND v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)/Martina Hingis (SUI)

CANADA v ROMANIA
Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)
Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU)

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

SERBIA v PARAGUAY
Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Jelena Jankovic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

SLOVAKIA v SWEDEN
Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ellen Allgurin/Cornelia Lister (SWE)

Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas  photo credit: Tatiana  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kulitat/16295122327/in/photolist-qPWL9X-bB1p1j-bPV3CF-bPV3qK-bB1osq-bB1oFE-bB1pJj-bB1oth-bPV1Ax-bPSEoD-bB1nz3-bB1q6Y-bAY15L-bB1qiE-qPTkLf-r7jqFn-qPUKhU-bB1q5s-bPSDt6-bAXZdN-bPSCVK-qQ1Kf6-qQBhVU-r824ec-bB1p2q-bB1pmG-bB1p3W-bPV3nX-bB1puJ-bPV3vK-bPV2Lx-bB1oWy-bB1pQm-bPV3Hc-bB1oyq-bPV3Wp-bB1pqy-9Yd3wq-bPSCon-qQzMvw-qQBbMb-qQBbC3-bAXYzS-bB1pWm-bPV2wg-bPV2g4-bPSDx8-bPV2SR-bPV3h2-bB1oa7
Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas
photo credit: Tatiana
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JAPAN v BELARUS
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

Misaki Doi (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Misaki Doi (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

ARGENTINA v SPAIN
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/asia-oceania/2015.aspx

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP III EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-iii/europe-africa/2015.aspx

Nominations Announced For Fed Cup By BNP Paribas World Group Semifinals And Play-Offs

The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

Two Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place in the week commencing 13 April: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hyderabad, India (14-18 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (15-18 April).

The four winners of the World Group Play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, with the losers contesting 2016 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2016 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2016 Zone Group I events.

Live scoring will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the week. In addition, the English and Spanish versions of the website will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and live streaming. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content on http://www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC v FRANCE
Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Czech Republic
Petra Kvitova
Karolina Pliskova
Lucie Safarova
Barbora Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala

France
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic
Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

RUSSIA v GERMANY
Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Russia
Maria Sharapova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Elena Vesnina
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Germany
Andrea Petkovic
Angelique Kerber
Sabine Lisicki
Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959258742/in/photolist-bAY2aG-bAXDjE-9gY3Nx-bPSgHc-bPShya-bPShJ8-bPSgL6-bAXDrh-bAXDAy-bAXEq7-bPSiLT-bAXCyh-bAXE35-bPSipD-bAXEE3-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V
Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

ITALY v USA
Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Italy
Sara Errani
Flavia Pennetta
Camila Giorgi
Karin Knapp
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

USA
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Alison Riske
Christina McHale
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

NETHERLANDS v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)

Netherlands
Kiki Bertens
Richel Hogenkamp
Arantxa Rus
Michaella Krajicek
Captain: Paul Haarhuis

Australia
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Jarmila Gajdosova
Olivia Rogowska
Captain: Alicia Molik

POLAND v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)

Poland
Agnieszka Radwanska
Urszula Radwanska
Alicja Rosolska
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

Switzerland
Timea Bacsinszky
Stefanie Voegele
Viktorija Golubic
Martina Hingis
Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

CANADA v ROMANIA
Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

Canada
Gabriela Dabrowski
Sharon Fichman
Francoise Abanda
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

Romania
Irina-Camelia Begu
Alexandra Dulgheru
Andreea Mitu
Raluca Olaru
Captain: Alina Cercel-Tecsor

Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas  photo credit: Tatiana  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kulitat/16295122327/in/photolist-qPWL9X-bB1p1j-bPV3CF-bPV3qK-bB1osq-bB1oFE-bB1pJj-bB1oth-bPV1Ax-bPSEoD-bB1nz3-bB1q6Y-bAY15L-bB1qiE-qPTkLf-r7jqFn-qPUKhU-bB1q5s-bPSDt6-bAXZdN-bPSCVK-qQ1Kf6-qQBhVU-r824ec-bB1p2q-bB1pmG-bB1p3W-bPV3nX-bB1puJ-bPV3vK-bPV2Lx-bB1oWy-bB1pQm-bPV3Hc-bB1oyq-bPV3Wp-bB1pqy-9Yd3wq-bPSCon-qQzMvw-qQBbMb-qQBbC3-bAXYzS-bB1pWm-bPV2wg-bPV2g4-bPSDx8-bPV2SR-bPV3h2-bB1oa7
Victoria Azarenka Fed Cup By BNP Paribas
photo credit: Tatiana
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WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

SERBIA v PARAGUAY
Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)

Serbia
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Aleksandra Krunic
Ivana Jorovic
Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica

Paraguay
Veronica Cepede Royg
Montserrat Gonzalez
Sara Gimenez
Camila Giangreco Campiz
Captain: Ramon Delgado

SLOVAKIA v SWEDEN
Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

Slovakia
Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Jana Cepelova
Captain: Matej Liptak

Sweden
Johanna Larsson
Susanne Celik
Rebecca Peterson
Ellen Allgurin
Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

JAPAN v BELARUS
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

Japan
Kurumi Nara
Misaki Doi
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Captain: Yuka Kaneko

Belarus
Victoria Azarenka
Olga Govortsova
Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Vera Lapko
Captain: Tatiana Poutchek

ARGENTINA v SPAIN
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)

Argentina
Paula Ormaechea
Maria Irigoyen
Nadia Podoroska
Tatiana Bua
Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano

Spain
Lara Arruabarrena
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
Sara Sorribes Tormo
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Captain: Conchita Martinez

Voting opens for 2015 Fed Cup Heart Awards

The ITF today announced a shortlist of ten players to receive the first four Fed Cup Heart Awards of 2015. Awards will be presented in four categories based on performances in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, and the three Zone Group I events at the beginning of February.

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU), Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), Andrea Petkovic (GER) and Arantxa Rus (NED) have all been shortlisted for the World Group/World Group II award. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) and Ivana Jorovic (SRB) have been shortlisted for Europe/Africa; Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) and Marcela Zacarias (MEX) for Americas; and Kurumi Nara (JPN) and Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) for Asia/Oceania.

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 30 March – 3 April, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the four winners, who will all receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity. The winners will be announced during the week of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals and play-off ties on 18-19 April.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is entering its seventh year and continues to recognise the outstanding contributions made by players to their country and the competition. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF centenary year, and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the players during this time who have helped Fed Cup grow to enjoy the success that it does today.”

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA’s Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of five players will be recognised in 2015. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. For the latest news, visit http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

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PLAYER INFORMATION

World Group / World Group II

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
With Romania trailing Spain 2-1, defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then partnered Monica Niculescu to victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues and Garbine Muguruza.

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Brought into singles on the second day, defeated Sara Errani, then partnered Caroline Garcia to a deciding doubles victory over Errani and Roberta Vinci.

Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Scored dramatic three-set victories over Samantha Stosur and Jarmila Gajdosova to give Germany a 3-1 winning lead over Australia.

Arantxa Rus (NED)
Ranked No. 230, upset No. 50 Magdalena Rybarikova and No. 59 Anna Schmiedlova to help Netherlands defeat Slovakia.

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
Won all three singles rubbers for Turkey, upsetting the higher-ranked Elina Svitolina and Heather Watson.

Ivana Jorovic (SRB)
Won all three singles rubbers on her debut as Serbia qualified for the World Group II play-offs.

Americas Zone Group I

Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)
Won all seven singles and doubles rubbers as Paraguay qualified for the World Group II play-offs.

Marcela Zacarias (MEX)
Won all three singles rubbers as Mexico narrowly lost out to Paraguay for a place in the promotional play-offs.

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Led Japan’s qualification for the World Group II play-offs, defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in a dramatic promotional play-off singles rubber.

Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)
At the age of 37, won four of her five singles and doubles rubbers for Thailand, and has now played 57 ties for her country.

VALUE OF CHEQUES

$10,000: World Group semifinals winner (x1)
$6,000: World Group / World Group II first round winner (x1)
$1,000: Zone Group I winners (x3)

JUDGING PANEL

Francesco Ricci Bitti (ITA), ITF President
Sabine Appelmans (BEL), former Fed Cup player/captain
Mercedes Paz (ARG), former Fed Cup player
Craig Gabriel (AUS), international journalist
Sandra Harwitt (USA), international journalist
Corinne Dubreuil (FRA), international photographer
Ray Giubilo (ITA), international photographer

FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS RESULTS: 8 February 2015

Please find below Sunday’s results from the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February.

In the World Group semifinals, on 18-19 April, Russia will be at home to Germany, while France will be away to Czech Republic.

Maria Sharapova photo credit upi.com
Maria Sharapova photo credit upi.com

Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland and USA, the four winners in World Group II, have qualified for the World Group play-offs on 18-19 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group first round losers, Australia, Canada, Italy and Poland.

Belarus, Japan, Paraguay and Serbia, who all qualified from their respective Zone Group I events which finished on Saturday, will contest the World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April, where they will be joined by the four World Group II losers, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

The draw for the World Group play-offs and World Group II play-offs will be held at the ITF offices in London on Tuesday 10 February at 10:00 GMT. The seeds will be based on the new Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 9 February.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es, http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup, http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and http://www.fedcup.tv.

Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959258742/in/photolist-bAY2aG-bAXDjE-9gY3Nx-bPSgHc-bPShya-bPShJ8-bPSgL6-bAXDrh-bAXDAy-bAXEq7-bPSiLT-bAXCyh-bAXE35-bPSipD-bAXEE3-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V
Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated CANADA 4-0
Venue: PEPS, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoors)

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 62 64
Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 61 62
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 64 62
Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE) not played
Denisa Allertova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Francoise Abanda/Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 61 76(2)

FRANCE defeated ITALY 3-2
Venue: 105 Stadium, Genoa, ITA (clay – indoors)

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 76(2) 75
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 64 62
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 63
Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 46 60 62
Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 62

RUSSIA defeated POLAND 4-0
Venue: Krakow Arena, Krakow, POL (hard – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 26 62
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 60 63
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 75
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) not played
Vitalia Diatchenko/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 64 64

GERMANY defeated AUSTRALIA 4-1
Venue: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER (hard – indoors)

Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 46 62 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 36 1210
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 62 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 63 36 86
Julia Goerges/Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Casey Dellacqua/Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 67(2) 76(7) [10-6]

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

NETHERLANDS defeated SLOVAKIA 4-1
Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, NED (clay – indoors)

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 62 75
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 64
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 26 61
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 63 26 64
Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Kristina Kucova/Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 75 61

ROMANIA defeated SPAIN 3-2
Venue: Danube Arena, Galati, ROU (hard – indoors)

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 62
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 64 63
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues/Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 57 63 62

SWITZERLAND defeated SWEDEN 3-1
Venue: Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 76(4) 60
Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 76(5)
Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Belinda Bencic (SUI) not played
Johanna Larsson/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Xenia Knoll (SUI) 57 62 [10-5]

USA defeated ARGENTINA 4-1
Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

Venus Williams (USA) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 62
Serena Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 60
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 64 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 64
Taylor Townsend/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 62 63

Nominations Announced For Fed Cup By BNP Paribas World Group And World Group II Ties

The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February.

Four Zone Group events are also taking place in the week commencing 2 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Budapest, Hungary (4-7 February); Americas Zone Group I in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4-7 February); Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Guangzhou, China (4-7 February); and Europe/Africa Zone Group II in Tallinn, Estonia (4-7 February)

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 18-19 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

Live scoring for the World Group and World Group II ties will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the weekend of 7-8 February and both the English and Spanish websites will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews, podcasts and live streaming. A live blog and full coverage of the Zone Group events will run 4-7 February. There will also be a fan zone showing the best social media content at http://www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

Elina Svitolina photo credit Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/7105790927/in/photolist-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V-bPSDXr-bAY1Do-bB1mxC-bPSisP-bAXDQU-bAXEJ1-bAXDhm-bPSjc6-bAXELo-bPSh6K-bPSiGD-bPSgS6-bAXERj-bAXCKS-bPSgTB
Elina Svitolina photo credit Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CANADA v CZECH REPUBLIC
Venue: PEPS, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoors)

Canada
Sharon Fichman
Gabriela Dabrowski
Francoise Abanda
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

Czech Republic
Karolina Pliskova
Tereza Smitkova
Denisa Allertova
Lucie Hradecka
Captain: Petr Pala

ITALY v FRANCE
Venue: 105 Stadium, Genoa, ITA (clay – indoors)

Italy
Sara Errani
Camila Giorgi
Roberta Vinci
Karin Knapp
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

France
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Kristina Mladenovic
Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

POLAND v RUSSIA
Venue: Krakow Arena, Krakow, POL (hard – indoors)

Poland
Agnieszka Radwanska
Urszula Radwanska
Alicja Rosolska
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

Russia
Maria Sharapova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Vitalia Diatchenko
Captain: Anastasia Myskina

GERMANY v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER (hard – indoors)

Germany
Angelique Kerber
Andrea Petkovic
Sabine Lisicki
Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

Australia
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Jarmila Gajdosova
Olivia Rogowska
Captain: Alicia Molik

Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов https://www.flickr.com/photos/da_belkin/6959258742/in/photolist-bAY2aG-bAXDjE-9gY3Nx-bPSgHc-bPShya-bPShJ8-bPSgL6-bAXDrh-bAXDAy-bAXEq7-bPSiLT-bAXCyh-bAXE35-bPSipD-bAXEE3-bPSE64-bB1nV3-bPSEg6-bB1nfs-bB1mCy-bPShg4-bPSC1M-bB1nJS-bPSEh2-bPV23c-bPV1Tv-bB1n1w-bAY1C1-bB1nMj-bAY1Nm-bPSDTk-bPSF6c-bB1n3W-bPSi2k-bPV14a-bAY1SL-bPV35F-bPSEEi-bPSEUi-bAY1L5-bAXDBE-bB1ocN-bB1nTs-bAY1Hy-bPSj7Z-bB1n7q-bB1mWo-bAY2gA-bPSEj8-bPV12V
Serena Williams, photo credi Александр Осипов
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WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

NETHERLANDS v SLOVAKIA
Venue: Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, NED (clay – indoors)

Netherlands
Kiki Bertens
Richel Hogenkamp
Arantxa Rus
Michaella Krajicek
Captain: Paul Haarhuis

Slovakia
Dominika Cibulkova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Anna Schmiedlova
Kristina Kucova
Captain: Matej Liptak

ROMANIA v SPAIN
Venue: Danube Arena, Galati, ROU (hard – indoors)

Romania
Simona Halep
Irina-Camelia Begu
Monica Niculescu
Alexandra Dulgheru
Captain: Alina Cercel-Tecsor

Spain
Garbine Muguruza
Silvia Soler-Espinosa
Lara Arruabarrena
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Captain: Conchita Martinez

SWEDEN v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

Sweden
Johanna Larsson
Rebecca Peterson
Susanne Celik
Sofia Arvidsson
Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

Switzerland
Belinda Bencic
Timea Bacsinszky
Viktorija Golubic
Xenia Knoll
Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

ARGENTINA v USA
Venue: Pilara Tennis Club, Buenos Aires (clay – outdoors)

Argentina
Paula Ormaechea
Maria Irigoyen
Nadia Podoroska
Tatian Bua
Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano

USA
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Varvara Lepchenko
Madison Keys
Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

BNP Paribas Fed Cup

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 96 nations taking part in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor. Follow all the action on http://www.fedcup.com, http://www.fedcup.com/es and at http://www.fedcup.tv as well as on social media at http://www.twitter.com/fedcup, http://www.facebook.com/FedCup and http://www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial.

Australin Open Update: Federer, Errani Out Nadal,Sharapova In Plus Tennis Updates

The biggest upset of the tournament so far has seen No.2 seed Roger Federer knocked out of the Australian Open tournament by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4,7-6(5),6-4,7-6(5) in the third round on Friday.

Seppi who had lost all his 10 previous matches against the Swiss won the first two sets against the 17 time Grand Slam champion.

Federer fought back to take the third set but the Italian took the fourth set into a tie-breaker after Federer raced to a 3-1 lead. Seppi fired a passing shot out pf reach of Federer to complete the major upset.

“I just tried to play on the center court again,I just tried to do my best” Seppi said during his post match interview.

Federer has said he will rest through much of February and his scheduled to play in Dubai late next month.

Andreas Seppi will nest face the winner between home favourite Nick Krygios and Tunisian Malek Jaziri.

Roger Federer Australian Open photo credit Chip_2904 https://www.flickr.com/photos/76384935@N00/3248048505/sizes/l
Roger Federer Australian Open photo credit Chip_2904 https://www.flickr.com/photos/76384935@N00/3248048505/sizes/l

Spaniard Rafael Nadal bounced back from a draining second round battle to beat Israeli Dudi Sela in straight sets 6-1,6-0,7-5.

Rafael Nadal will now meet South African and 14th seed Kevin Anderson who defeated French man Richard Gasquet.

Sixth seed Andy Murray defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1,6-1,7-5 to reach the round of 16 and will now face Grigor Drimitrov who rallied from a set down to beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 4-6,6-3,3-6,6-3,6-3.

Tomas Berdych was the first man to reach the fourth round with a resounding 6-4,6-4,6-3 win over Victor Troicki.

To the ladies, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was pushed to the limits in the first set but still had a resounding 7-5,6-0 win over Carolina Garcia to reach the fourth round.

A crowd favourite at Melbourne and Newfanzone.com female tennis player to watch for 2015,Bouchard is on track to match her semi-final record of 2014.

The Canadian will now face Irina Carmelia Begu who defeated 19 year old German Carina Witthoeft to continue her best ever run in a Grand slam tournament.

Fired up Maria Sharapova cruised into the last 16 of the Australian Open by beating Zarina Diyas (31)of Kazakhstan in straight sets 6-1,6-1

Australian Open.

Third seed Simona Halep moved into the fourth round in Melbourne with a 6-4,7-5 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Friday.

The third seed will now face Yanina Wickmayer,who defeated Sara Errani(14) 4-6,6-4,6-3.

Russian 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova(22) 6-4,6-4 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for 5 years in a row.

Makaraova will next face German Julia Georges who defeated Lucie Hradecka 7-6(8-6),7-5.

Chinese and 21st seed Shuai Peng also progressed into the last 16.

In the Doubles, it was a sad day for Indian tennis players as Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza,Leander Paes
Lost their respective doubles matches.

The mixed doubles will see Mahesh Bhupati Partner up with Jamilia Gajdosova of Austrtalia, Rohan Bopanna combines with Czech Zahalova Strycova and Laender Paes is set to partner Martina Hingis.

Australian Open ball

TENNIS TITBITS

* Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has said that Andy Murray should not have sacked former coach Ivan Lendl after he has struggled to recapture his form under new coach Amelie Mauresmo.

* 33 year old Lleyton Hewitt has admitted that he is unsure of how long he will be in the game after his second round exit in Australia.

* World No.2 Roger Federer has confirmed that he will be supporting South-Africa at the Rugby world cup and also said he watches cricket frequently.

* Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki claimed that she has been cursed at the Australian Open after losing to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka.

Shrapova, Nadal And Others Into The Next Round Plus Tennis Titbits…

2008 Australian Open Champion Maria Sharpova strolls easily into the Next round with a straight sets win over Croatian Petra Martic 6-4,6-1.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard stormed into the next round of the Australian Open with a straight set win over German Anna-Lenna Friedsam 6-2,6-4.

The Canadian will next meet KiKi Bertens of the Netherlands who powered her way past Australian Daria Gavrilova.

In other tennis games, Simona Halep defeated Kari Knapp 6-3,6-2,while 5th seed Ana Ivanovic,Angelique Kerber(9),Anastasia Pavlyuhenkova,Svetlana kuznetsova,Carla Suarez Navarro(17), Lucie Safarova(16), Sabine Lisicki(28),Belinda Bencic(32) were first round Casualties.

Australian Open

Other notable players that progressed into the next round include Ekaterina Makarova(10),Sara Errani(14),Peng Shuai(21),Karolina Pilskova(22).

In the Men’s Rafael Nadal didn’t show any sign of rustiness as he defeated Russian Veteran Mikhail Youzhny.

The 14 time major winner broke Youzhny twice in each set,hitting 37 winners and fending off the only break point serve he faced.

Swiss master Roger Federer defeated Lu Yhen Hsun of Taiwan in straight sets 6-4,6-2,7-5.

Sixth seed Andy Murray also began his quest on a high with a 6-3,6-4,7-6(3) win over Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri.

Other First round winners include Tomas Berdych,Grigor Dimitrov,Kevin Anderson and David Goffin,Philip Kohlschreiber,Jeremy Chardy,Richard Gasquet and Martin Kilzan.

TENNIS TITBITS

* Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki says her decision to run the New York marathon has revitalised her career and boosted her hopes of winning a Grand Slam title.

* Tennis “Bad Boy” Bernard Tomic has said he won’t take any alcohol until he wins a Grand slam title. Bernard who was touted as the next best thing in Australia has now lost his place to Nick Krygios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

* Australian Open defending Champion Li Na announced she was pregnant on Monday in front of the 15,000 cheering fans at the Australian Open.

TENNIS TITBITS NIGERIA,

* As part of its contributions to develop tennis in the country,the International Tennis Academy has sent four Nigerians to the Clarke Francis Academy in Dubai to learn and Develop their tricks in tennis coaching.

Williams And Djokovic Named 2014 ITF World Champions

International Tennis Federation
International Tennis Federation

The ITF announced today that Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the 2014 ITF World Champions. Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the fifth time, while this is the fourth occasion that Djokovic has received the honour.

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan are named Men’s Doubles World Champions for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy become Women’s Doubles World Champions for the third successive year.

Catherine “CiCi” Bellis of the United States and Russia’s Andrey Rublev are named ITF Junior World Champions, while the ITF Wheelchair World Champions are Japanese duo Yui Kamiji and Shingo Kunieda, who becomes men’s champion for the sixth time.

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2015 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 2 June, in Paris, during Roland Garros.

Serena Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the fifth occasion, after maintaining the No. 1 ranking throughout the year. The 33-year-old captured her 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open to equal the achievements of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She won six other titles during the year, including the season-ending WTA Finals. Williams is the oldest player ever to be named an ITF Singles World Champion.

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic

Williams said: “I’m so honored to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. This was a year of challenges and triumphs, so to win another Grand Slam and retain my year-end No. 1 ranking is an accomplishment I’m very proud of. I’m grateful to have the support of the tennis community in every way possible. I can’t wait for 2015.”

Novak Djokovic becomes Men’s World Champion for the fourth time after reclaiming the No. 1 ranking in 2014. The 27-year-old won his seventh Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, and was also a finalist at Roland Garros and semifinalist at the US Open. He won a total of seven titles during the year including the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic is one of only four men to be named World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

Bob and Mike Bryan become Men’s Doubles World Champions for the 11th time after capturing their 16th Grand Slam title and 100th title overall at the 2014 US Open. They won a total of ten titles during the year, including the ATP World Tour Finals, taking their total career titles to 103. They were also runners-up at Wimbledon. The brothers now stand within two trophies of the record of wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer, who was named World Champion 13 times.

Mike Bryan said: “The 2014 season was one of our best seasons on tour and it’s one we’ll fondly remember for a lot of reasons. We look forward to the awards dinner in Paris and sharing the stage with all the other world champions.”

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci are only the second pair to be named Women’s Doubles World Champions on three occasions. The Italians completed the career Grand Slam with their first victory at Wimbledon, and were also champions at the Australian Open and runners-up at Roland Garros. They won a total of five titles during the year and finished 2014 co-ranked No. 1 on the WTA doubles rankings.

Errani and Vinci said: “We are both really happy to be Women’s Doubles World Champions for the third consecutive year. It is a great pleasure and honour to have finished this year as number one in the doubles ranking again. Our goal for 2015 is to defend our Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.”

Francesco Ricci Bitti, photo credit ITF.com
Francesco Ricci Bitti, photo credit ITF.com

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “All of our World Champions have demonstrated great consistency at the top of the game in one of the strongest eras for our sport. Serena Williams is one of the toughest competitors of all-time, while Novak Djokovic’s performances at the biggest events make him a deserving winner. Bob and Mike Bryan’s remarkable achievement is a testament to their continued drive and determination, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have shown the importance of teamwork both on and off court.”

The ITF’s selection of its senior World Champions is based on an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives special weight to the Grand Slam tournaments, and two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

Catherine “CiCi” Bellis is the second American in three years to become ITF Girls World Champion, and is the youngest world champion since 2006. The 15-year-old won four singles title during the year, sealing the year-end No. 1 ranking at last week’s Orange Bowl. She also led the United States to victory in the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, one year after being a member of the USA’s 14-and-under ITF World Junior Tennis winning team.

Bellis said: “It was my goal to be the year-end No. 1 from when I started playing in the juniors two years ago and I am ecstatic that I was able to reach this milestone as a 15-year-old. It is an honour to be in such great company with all of the amazing and legendary juniors before me.”

Andrey Rublev is the first Russian male in any category to be named ITF World Champion after achieving the year-end No. 1 boys’ junior ranking. The 17-year-old was the most consistent performer on the ITF Junior Circuit, winning his first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, and capturing singles bronze and doubles silver at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. He reached a total of five singles finals during the year, winning two titles.

Rublev said: “I am happy to finish this year as World Champion. I thank my family, coaches and team for all the support I was getting all the time. I also understand that this is just the first step and will do my best to score further victories.”

Shingo Kunieda becomes Men’s Wheelchair World Champion for the sixth time after retaining the year-end world No. 1 ranking. The 30-year-old only lost one match all year, winning 12 singles titles on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and boasting a 51-1 overall win-loss record. He won all three Grand Slam singles events, taking his total major titles to 17, and was also champion at the season-ending NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.

Kunieda said: “I am very happy to be world champion six times. I played well this year and still feel I am improving my tennis. I’d like to thank my team and am already looking forward to next season.”

Yui Kamiji is named Women’s Wheelchair World Champion for the first time after dominating the Grand Slam tournaments. The 20-year-old captured her first two major titles at Roland Garros and the US Open, and was runner-up at the Australian Open. She also partnered Britain’s Jordanne Whiley to the women’s doubles Grand Slam. Kamiji won a total of eight singles titles during 2014 and is the first Asian woman to receive this honour.

Kamiji said: “2014 is definitely the year to remember in my career. I was proud to win my first two Grand Slam titles and reach the final of the Australian Open. It was also very special to achieve the doubles calendar Grand Slam and win the Doubles Masters with my best friend on tour Jordanne Whiley.”

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I would like to thank all the 2014 ITF World Champions for their contribution to another memorable year for our sport.”