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30 January 2013

World Group Nominations


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The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, to be played on 9-10 February.



World Group first round


Czech Republic v Australia

Venue: Cez Arena
Location: Ostrava, Czech Republic
Surface: Indoor Hard

Petra Kvitova will look to regain some form inside the Cez Arena having made a rocky start to the year. The Fed Cup has proved fertile ground for the former Wimbledon champion in recent years, however, and she will be looking to add to the 11 victories over two years that has led her team to defend the title. The other three players from last year’s final have also returned with Lucie Safarova, Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova completing the line-up for the holders.

Alicia Molik takes charge of her first Fed Cup tie having replaced Dave Taylor as captain. There was little surprise in her pick of Samantha Stosur who scored victories in all her singles rubbers in helping to guide the Australian side back into the World Group last year. Australian Open women’s doubles finalists Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty both feature with the latter making her debut in the competition while Jarmila Gajdosova also tasted success at the opening Grand Slam of the year taking home the mixed doubles title.

The two nations have a long history of playing against each other in the competition although they have not met since 1992 with all the ties having been played under the flag of Czechoslovakia. Australia will be seeking revenge having been beaten by their opponents in both the Finals they played.

Czech Republic
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Lucie Hradecka
Andrea Hlavackova
Petr Pala (captain)

Australia
Samantha Stosur
Jarmila Gajdosova
Casey Dellacqua
Ashleigh Barty
Alicia Molik (captain)

Italy v USA

Venue: 105 Stadium
Location: Rimini, Italy
Surface: Indoor Clay

Italy have named neither Francesca Schiavone nor Flavia Pennetta for their tie against USA leaving good friends Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to lead the way. Errani was one of the breakthrough players on the WTA Circuit in 2012 breaking into the Top 10 while Vinci maintained her perfect Fed Cup doubles record in her only appearance in last year’s competition in the first round against Ukraine. They will be supported by Karin Knapp, who has made just one previous appearance in 2008, and debutante Nastassja Burnett.

The USA are without both of the Williams sisters for their opening Fed Cup tie of 2013 but have the services of upcoming star Sloane Stephens, fresh off a debut Grand Slam semifinal appearance in Australia and a Top 20 ranking. Varvara Lepchenko and Jamie Hampton both earn a first nomination after improving dramatically of late although with Liezel Huber the fourth player it means none of those selected have previously played in a Fed Cup singles rubber.

The rivalry between the two nations stretched all the way back to the very first edition of the Fed Cup in 1963 when USA stormed their way to a 3-0 victory, the first of nine consecutive wins in the series. More recently Italy scored back-to-back victories against USA in both the 2009 and 2010 Finals.

Italy
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
Karin Knapp
Nastassja Burnett
Corrado Barazzutti (captain)

USA
Sloane Stephens
Varvara Lepchenko
Jamie Hampton
Liezel Huber
Mary Joe Fernandez (captain)

Russia v Japan

Venue: Olympic Stadium
Location: Moscow, Russia
Surface: Indoor Hard

Russia are without their two highest ranked players, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova, as they begin a campaign to win the competition for the first time since 2008. The in-form Maria Kirilenko headlines their nominations while Ekaterina Makarova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are both strong alternatives with the latter preferred during last year’s semifinal defeat by Serbia. Elena Vesnina, who owns a winning doubles rubber record in the competition, completes the side.

Japan have largely stuck to the same team of players that elevated them back into the World Group with Misaki Doi returning to the line-up for the first time in over a year. Ayumi Morita was the star of the show for Japan winning nine straight singles rubbers over the last two seasons. Kimiko Date-Krumm brings great experience to complement the younger members of the team while Kurumi Nara is appearing for just the fourth time.

This will be the first time the two nations have met in the competition with Japan having been outside of the elite group of nations since relegation in 2007 while Russia have reached at least the semifinal each year in that time.

Russia
Maria Kirilenko
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Elena Vesnina
Shamil Tarpischev (captain)

Japan
Ayumi Morita
Kimiko Date-Krumm
Misaki Doi
Kurumi Nara
Takeshi Murakami (captain)

Serbia v Slovak Republic

Venue: Hela “CAIR”
Location: Nis, Serbia
Surface: Indoor Hard

Serbia have made one change to their team that made it all the way to last year’s Final with Vesna Dolonc replacing Aleksandra Krunic. Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic are the two key players for the home nation. Jankovic will become the first Serbian woman to play in 12 different years of the competition adding to her national records for total wins and singles wins.

Slovak Republic have named a strong side with Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova once again lining up in the competition. Cibulkova made a strong start to the year with a title run in Sydney that included victories over four Top 10 players. Hantuchova is an almost permanent fixture in the team and holds many of the nations Fed Cup records and also was a part of the team on the only occasion they tasted victory as Champions in 2002.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two nations with Serbia having won the most recent tie in 2011 thanks to a doubles victory from Jankovic and Krunic, having lost the two previous ties.

Serbia
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski
Vesna Dolonc
Dejan Vranes (captain)

Slovak Republic
Dominika Cibulkova
Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Jana Cepelova
Matej Liptak (captain)



World Group II first round


Switzerland v Belgium

Venue: Sporthalle Wankdorf
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Surface: Indoor Clay

Switzerland
Romina Oprandi
Stefanie Voegele
Timea Bacsinszky
Amra Sadikovic
Heinz Gunthardt (captain)

Belgium
Yanina Wickmayer
Kirsten Flipkens
Alison van Uytvanck
Ysaline Bonaventure
Ann Devries (captain)

Argentina v Sweden

Venue: Parque Roca
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Surface: Outdoor Clay

Argentina
Paula Ormaechea
Maria Irigoyen
Florencia Molinero
Mailen Auroux
Bettina Fulco (captain)

Sweden
Sofia Arvidsson
Johanna Larsson
Hilda Melander
Sandra Roma
Lars-Anders Wahlgren (captain)

Spain v Ukraine

Venue: Club Atlético Montemar
Location: Alicante, Spain
Surface: Outdoor Clay

Spain
Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Silvia Soler Espinosa
Maria Teresa Torro Flor
Nuria Llagostera Vives
Conchita Martinez (captain)

Ukraine
Lesia Tsurenko
Elina Svitolina
Yuliya Beygelzimer
Olga Savchuk
Igor Dernovskyi (captain)

France v Germany

Venue: Palais des Sports Beaublanc
Location: Limoges, France
Surface: Indoor Clay

France
Marion Bartoli
Alize Cornet
Kristina Mladenovic
Virginie Razzano
Amelie Mauresmo (captain)

Germany
Angelique Kerber
Julia Goerges
Sabine Lisicki
Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Barbara Rittner (captain)


 

The official team nominations for the upcoming Zone Group I events were announced a fortnight ago. Among the players scheduled to compete are Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, ranked inside the world's Top 10, and Heather Watson.

- Zone Group I team nominations

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