Bulgaria - Great Britain
The first match was between Dia Evtimova and Elena Baltacha. The Bulgarian girl started very good - good attack from forehand and backhand. Baltacha made a lot of unforced errors in this period. Evtimova was leading 3-0, after that break from Baltacha for 3-2, then again break and 5-2. Finally the set went to 6-4. In the second set the power of Dia Evtimova started to decrease and then Baltacha started with winners. In the 3rd set Evtimova was leading 3-1 with break, but then came the rebreak. Bulgarian girl was very solid from the baseline, but Baltacha was surviving with her superb service. Everything was equally to 6-6, and then Baltacha got the broke, in next game Evtimova lost some break points and 6-8.
The second rubber was between Tsvetana Pironkova and Anne Keothavong. Last year Pironkova defeated Keothavong 6-1 6-1. But today the things were simply different. In the beginning service of Pironkova was totally missing in the match and Keothavong produced great shots from the baseline, while Tsvetana just couldn't return the balls. Despite that Keothavong was leading only with one break 4-2, and then Pironkova started to play more concentrated and the service was good. Break for 4-4, and then one another for 7-5. The second set started with break of Tsvetana's serve and the result went to 5-2 and 2 breaks up for Anne. The set finished 6-4. The 3rd set started again with break, Tsvetana had some break points at 1-2, but she missed them. At 2-3 Pironkova got a medical timeout for unknown problems with breath. No resistance from Tsvetana till the end and 3-6.
Poland - Luxembourg
The first macth between Mandy Minella and Marta Domachowska was very disputive. As i have seen Minella last year i can say that she was improved a lot of. Her groundstrokes were very accurate and Marta had troubles at almost whole match. Despite that with her experience Domachowska managed to take the win with 6-4 7-6 (6). After that Anne Kremer and Agnieszka Radwanska played the 2nd rubber, where there was no intrigue. Radwanska was solid during the whole match. In the doubles match Kremer and Philippe playing free and made some good rallies in the 1st set. However Polish girls A. Radwanska and Klaudia Jans did what was expected and Poland won 3-0 this tie.
Ukraine - Lithuania
In the first macth Fedak was absolutely dominating and the questions was how long will continue the match. Fedak was returning everything and then with precise shots was discouraging the Lithuanian girl - 6-1 6-1. The second rubber was more interesting. Everyone was expectating a fast win from Alona Bondarenko, but Lina Stanciute was on other opinion. The Lithuanin girls was making superb finishing shots and Alona couldnot response to them. The tight first set went to Bondarenko 7-5 after decisive break. In the second set Stanciute was serving for the set at 5-3 and 30-15. But Alona Bondarenko managed to break and made the twist.
Belarus - Hungary
The first match between Agnes Szavay and Anastasia Yakimova was dominated by the Hungarian, but in fact it was very tough for both players. A lot of long rallies and breaks. Szavay took a well-deserved win. After that Viktoria Azarenka started awesome against Kyra Nagy, but in 2nd set Azarenka made nervous and started to make unforced errors. The set went to tiebreak and experienced Nagy took it 7-3. In last set Azarenka showed her talant and took important win to equal the tie 1-1 wins. The doubles was absolutely intriguing. Belarusian got the first set with 6-4, then Hungarians took the 2nd, and the show began - big battle and 9-7 for Belarus and first win for them in the group.
Bulgaria - Poland
At all there was no intrigue in this tie. Sisters Radwanska dominated their single games and there were no chances for Bulgarian girls. Urszula Radwanska started awesome and the score was 4-0. She was dominating with her perfect placed groundstrokes, some amazing drop shots, superb passing-shots and returning almost everything. Dia Evtimova was trying a lot of things, but no surprise. In second set Evtimova broke and was leading 2-0, but Radwanska quickly broke back and was serving for the match at 5-3. After Dia Evtimova missed some chances in the last game, the match finished with easy win for Urszula 6-1 6-3.
In second rubber the other sister - Agnieszka, also dominated in all components. Tsvetana Pironkova produced only power shots - sometime it worked, but in more cases the result was unforced errors. Radwanska perfectly was returning during whole match, made some great dropshots - at one of them while Tsvetana was running for the ball - fell very badly on the court on face. For good there were no injuries or hurts and Pironkova resumed playing. In second set everything was equal up to 3-3, but then Agnieszka made the crucial break and the result from the tie was clear. The doubles were formal and for that reason Mladenova and Alawi played again for Bulgaria. Domachowska and Jans were too good for Bulgarians. Alawi was simply not for doubles - almost didn't play a ball at the net. After the doubles' rubber Domachowska and Jans were practising around 20-30 minutes.
Luxembourg - Great Britain
As i said in my previous report Mandy Minella has improved a lot for one year. Naomy Cavaday was in the match mainly because she is left-handed and made problems for Mandy. There were a lot of breaks in the whole match. Minella experienced the same match yesterday vs Domachowska and today she managed to take the tiebreak in 2nd set and then turn the match finally 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4. Anne Kremer was dominating in her match vs Anne Keothavong. In 1st set she broke in the beginning and after that it was easy. In doubles match the more experienced partners Baltacha and Curran took a win 2-1 sets, which can be very important in case that 3 teams are with same points tomorrow after all matches completed.
Hungary - Ukraine
At all this tie was very intrigue in all rubbers. Agnes Szavay managed to turn the result in her way after lossing 4-6 in first set. With 6-3 7-5 in next sets she took the first point for Hungary. Agnes was returning almost everything and with her topspin was troubling Kateryna Bondarenko, who mainly used her powerfull shots from all over the court - some perfect winners, but errors were more. In second rubber Kyra Nagy started promising and with amazing service and strong shots desperated Juliana Fedak. But the Ukrainian girl was cheered from the Ukrainian fans, also encouraging herself with "Lena, davay, davay, common" and she managed to take the first set with 6-4. After that Nagy started to make more errors, Fedak was returning more and more balls and the win came 6-2 in second set. The doubles match was crucial and began very tough for both teams. Sisters Bondarenko started with some aces, Szavay and Gubacsi was making very good rallies. Zsofia Gubacsi was more stable, but Alona and Kateryna took the first set 6-2, Hungarian girls took the second 6-3, and the 3rd infarct set was won 8-6 by Ukrainians, the tie too.
Belarus - Lithuania
The 2nd player of Lithuania was very weak and lost to 4th player of Belarus Milevskaya 4-6 2-6. Then came the surprise from Lina Stanciute, who demolished Tatiana Poutchek 6-1 6-1. As i said yesterday this Lithuanian girl has big potential with her aggressive playing. Despite her talent the doubles match is something very different and Belarusian girls won very easy 6-0 6-1.
Sweden - Serbia
The first match between Johanna Larsson and Vojislava Lukic was very intrigue. The Swedish girl lost the first set, but then turned and took the second. In 3rd she was leading with two breaks 3-0 and accidently she got a medical timeout. The Swedish captain massaged her first, and then came the doctor. Lukic managed to came back to 5-5, but Johanna took the next two sets. In next rubber Jelena Jankovic was absolutely dominating Sofia Arvidsson - made superb passing-shots and backhand winners. The doubles was crucial in this tie, too. Swedish doubles Arvidsson/Larsson took the rubber and made a surprising win over Serbia, who were Jankovic/Timotic in doubles.