LARSON'S TENNIS NEWS
November 7, 2011
****** EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ******
Ivanovic, who won no International events, wins event for International event
winners (say that three times fast)
****** TODAY'S WOMEN'S NEWS ******
Ana Ivanovic (WC) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-0
- Third Place Play-Off: Nadia Petrova def. (3) Sabine Lisicki Walkover
(Mid Back Injury)
We started Sunday's action with the score tied 1-1. Which, in practice, meant that the Czechs led 2-1, because the first match involved Petra Kvitova. And, yes, she did her thing, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova by the surprisingly close score of 4-6 6-2 6-3. She came back from 3-0 down in the final set to do it.
Then it was strategy time. And, yes, we had the Russian strategy right: Instead of playing Maria Kirilenko in the reverse singles, they brought in their #1 singles player, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, to face the Czech Lucie Safarova.
It looked as if Safarova suffered from nerves at key times. She fell apart completely in the first set, steadied at the beginning of the second, then melted down again at the end. Pavlyuchenkova won 6-2 6-4 to put the tie in the hands of the doubles teams.
There was never any question about the Czech lineup; it was Kveta Peschke and Lucie Hradecka. But which team would the Russians play?
Once again, we read them right. The announced lineup was Pavlyuchenkova/Vesnina. But they played Kirilenko/Vesnina, giving them two Top Ten doubles players -- although a pair with little experience together. (They are, reportedly, good friends.)
The two Russians actually have a combined ranking higher than the Czechs. They also have a history of nerves. It perhaps showed. The Czechs won a close first set 6-4, then went up 4-1 in the second. They split games to reach 5-2. The eighth game was long, but the Czechs finally broke Vesnina to put away a 6-4 6-2 victory.
It is the first Fed Cup title for the Czechs as an independent nation separate from Slovakia. Talk about a big time for Czech tennis: Kveta Peschke was #1 in doubles earlier this year. Petra Kvitova is likely to reach #1 in singles next year. And they have won Fed Cup. What do they do for an encore?
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