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Monday, April 23, 2012


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Seeds Announced for 2013 Fed Cup Draw on June 6

The ITF has announced the seeds for the Draw for the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas that will take place during Roland Garros at the Musée de la Fédération Francaise de Tennis in Paris on Wednesday, June 6 at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

The four seeded nations in the 2013 World Group are:
Czech Republic (1)
Serbia (2)
Italy (3)
Russia (4)


Nadal Wins 8th Consecutive Monte Carlo Title

Rafael Nadal has rekindled his long-time love affair with the Monte Carlo clay by winning his eighth straight title in the principality.

His 6-3, 6-1 hammering of emotionally drained opponent Novak Djokovic - the Serb lost his grandfather last week but played on - marked the first time in post-1968 Open tennis history that the same player had won an event eight times.


Odesnik Keeps Moving Ahead

Wayne Odesnik may not be the most popular man  among his American peers, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing his career on the ATP World Tour. After reaching the semis of the USTA Sarasota $100,000 Challenger, Odesnik has a chance to crack the top 100. He also has a chance to win the USTA Roland Garros wild card if he continues his solid play.


Williams Plays Fed Cup in Ukraine and is Now Eligible for Olympic Consideration

Serena Williams has worked the rules to her favor again to insure the chance at London Olympic selection by playing and winning a Fed Cup rubber at the weekend.

The one-time No. 1 crushed unknown Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-1 in an away tie in the country's second city of Kharkiv. Just by playing, Williams is now eligible under Olympic rules to compete in London.


Simon: Pressure on Djokovic

Gilles Simon, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the semis of Monte Carlo, was prescient before the Spaniard met up with No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of Monte Carlo. The Frenchman noted that the Serbian has all the pressure on him this year and was due to come back down to earth. Djokovic had beaten Nadal seven consecutive times before the Spaniard turned the table on him and won Monte Carlo on Sunday.



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Roland Garros: May 27-June 10

Wimbledon: June 25-July 8

Olympic Tennis London: July 28-August 5

US Open: August 27-September 9


Monte Carlo

Singles - Final
(2) R Nadal def. (1) N Djokovic 6-3 6-1
Doubles - Final
(1) Bryan/Bryan def. (2) Mirnyi/Nestor 6-2 6-3


World Group Semifinal
Russia hosts Serbia (Indoor Clay)
Saturday: Tied 1-1
Jelena Jankovic def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Ana Ivanovic 6-2 2-6 6-4
Sunday: Serbia wins 3-2
Ana Ivanovic def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 6-0 6-3
Jelena Jankovic def. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-4
Pavlyuchenkova/Vesnina def. Jovanovski/Krunic 6-4 6-0

Czech Republic hosts Italy (Indoor Hard)
Saturday: Czech Republic leads 2-0
Lucie Safarova def. Francesca Schiavone 7-6(7-3) 6-1
Petra Kvitova def. Sara Errani 6-4 6-3
Sunday: Czech Republic wins 4-1
Petra Kvitova def. Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6(7-1)
Sara Errani def. Andrea Hlavackova 2-6 6-2 6-2
Hlavackova/Hradecka def. Errani/Pennetta 5-6, retired

World Group Play-Offs
Ukraine hosts United States (Clay)
Saturday: United States leads 2-0
Christina McHale def. Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 4-6 6-3
Serena Williams def. Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-1
Sunday: United States wins 5-0
Serena Williams def. Lesia Tsurenko 6-3 6-2
Christina McHale def. Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-3
Huber/Stephens def. Kichenok/Kichenok 6-4 6-1

Japan hosts Belgium (Indoor Hard) .
Saturday: Japan leads 2-0
Ayumi Morita def. Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4
Kimiko Date-Krumm def. Tamaryn Hendler 6-1 6-4
Sunday: Japan wins 4-1
Ayumi Morita def. Tamaryn Hendler 7-5 6-2
Alison Van Uytvanck def. Kurumi Nara 7-6(7-2) 6-0
Date-Krumm/Fujiwara def. Bonaventure/Van Uytvanck 6-2 6-4

Spain hosts Slovak Republic (Clay)
Saturday: Tied 1-1 .
Dominika Cibulkova def. Lourdes Dominguez-Lino 6-3 6-0
Silvia Soler-Espinosa def. Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(7-5) 6-4
Sunday: Slovak Republic wins 3-2
Dominika Cibulkova def. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4 6-4
Daniela Hantuchova def. Lourdes Dominguez-Lino 0-6 7-6(7-4) 6-4
Llagostera Vives/Parra-Santonja def. Rybarikova/Schmiedlova 6-0 6-6(7-9) 6-3

Germany hosts Australia (Clay) .
Saturday: Australia leads 2-0
Samantha Stosur def. Angelique Kerber 7-6(7-1) 6-4
Jarmila Gajdosova def. Julia Goerges 6-4 6-4
Sunday: Australia wins 3-2
Samantha Stosur def. Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-1
Angelique Kerber def. Olivia Rogowska 6-3 6-3
Goerges/Petkovic def. Casey /Gajdosova 6-3 6-4

World Group II Play-Offs
France hosts Slovenia (Indoor Hard)
Saturday: France leads 2-0 .
Virginie Razzano def. Petra Rampre 2-6 6-4 6-4
Pauline Parmentier def. Nastja Kolar 6-2 6-3
Sunday: France wins 5-0
Pauline Parmentier def. Petra Rampre 6-4 3-6 8-6
Stephanie Foretz Gacon def. Nastja Kolar 7-6(8-6) 7-6(7-1)
Foretz Gacon/Mladenovic def. Rampre/Srebotnik 6-3 6-4

Switzerland hosts Belarus (Indoor Hard) .
Saturday: Tied 1-1
Olga Govortsova def. Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-4
Stefanie Voegele def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 5-7 6-3
Sunday: Switzerland wins 4-1
Stefanie Voegele def. Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-1
Timea Bacsinszky def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 3-6 6-1
Bencic/Sadikovic def. Lebesheva/Sasnovich 6-7(5-7) 7-6(9-7) 7-5

Sweden hosts Great Britain (Indoor Hard)
Saturday: Sweden leads 2-0 .
Johanna Larsson def. Elena Baltacha 6-1 7-5
Sofia Arvidsson def. Anne Keothavong 6-1 6-4
Sunday: Sweden wins 4-1
Sofia Arvidsson def. Laura Robson 6-4 1-6 6-3
Johanna Larsson def. Anne Keothavong 7-6(8-6) 3-6 6-4
Baltacha/Watson def. Allgurin/Melander 7-6(7-3) 6-1

Argentina hosts China (clay)
Saturday: Argentina leads 2-0 .
Paula Ormaechea def. Zhou Yi-Miao 6-2 6-2
Florencia Molinero def. Wang Qiang 6-3 6-4
Sunday: Argentina wins 4-1
Paula Ormaechea def. Wang Qiang 6-4 6-2
Zhou Yi-Miao def. Florencia Molinero 7-6(7-1) 2-6 6-3
Auroux/Irigoyen def. Liang/Liu 6-3 6-4

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