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Re: Fed Cup tie in Bratislava

German team is Kerber, Lisicki, Petkovic and... Görges. :eek:
 

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Re: Fed Cup tie in Bratislava

tough one to call ...even chances here!
 

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http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/167190.aspx

SLOVAK REPUBLIC v GERMANY
Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava (hard – indoors)


Slovak Republic
Dominika Cibulkova
Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Jana Cepelova
Captain: Matej Liptak

Germany
Angelique Kerber
Sabine Lisicki (replaced by Anna-Lena Grönefeld)
Andrea Petkovic
Julia Görges
Captain: Barbara Rittner
 

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The most enthusiastic match from World Group i belive. I can wait to see the clash and may the best country won.
 

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Yes...i also find it the most interesting of all the ties.

except if Serbia would have been playing instead of Germany(Last year WG play-off where JJ didn't turn up and Serbia lost 2-3 to Germany)

Anyways, this is the best tie to look forward to, for sure!
 

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^You're not tired of seeing Serbia vs. Slovakia in Fed Cup? :spit:
They play each other like every year! :eek:
 

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Saturday:

R1 Dominika Cibulkova (Slk) v Andrea Petkovic (Ger)
R2 Daniela Hantuchova (Slk) v Angelique Kerber (Ger)

Sunday:
R3 Dominika Cibulkova (Slk) v Angelique Kerber (Ger)
R4 Daniela Hantuchova (Slk) v Andrea Petkovic (Ger)
R5 Daniela Hantuchova /Magdalena Rybarikova v Julia Goerges / Anna-Lena Groenefeld
 

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GER leads 2-0 ! :hearts:

Petkovic def. Cibulkova 2-6 7-6 6-2
Kerber def. Hantuchova 7-6 6-1
 

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GER def. SVK 3-0 ! :D :banana: :bounce:

Angelique beat Cibulkova in a great match :worship:

SVK :hug:
 

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http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/168914.aspx

09 February 2014

Kerber wins high-quality match to see Germany through

By Chris Bowers

It’s hard to believe that Germany hasn’t been in a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal since 1995, but that statistic is now banished to history, thanks to Angelique Kerber’s 63 76(5) victory over Dominika Cibulkova that sees the Germans into this year’s semis. It gave Germany a 3-0 lead, and means the Germans are due to travel to Australia in April’s semifinals.

Although the score reads brutally for the Slovaks, the decisive match was rich in high quality tennis, with even Cibulkova admitting that she played well but Kerber played just a little better. Cibulkova did very well to fight back from a storming start by Kerber, one which saw the German take the first nine points, and while the first set shows a reasonably even 63 scoreline, the fact was that Cibulkova needed to go to deuce on all three games she won, while Kerber was winning most of her games easily.

But the Australian Open runner-up got into the match early in the second set, starting to mobilise the tremendous support for her. Her winners were greeted with increasingly loud cheers, and the atmosphere inside the Aegon Arena became electric.

The problem for the home fans was that Kerber was playing at a very high level.

Her serve was back to the fluency that had deserted her at the Australian Open, her backhand was low and lethal, and her down-the-line forehand, that always looks as if she’s left the hitting point fractionally too late, was finding its target with impressive regularity.

At 5-4, Kerber was two points from putting Germany into the semfinals, but Cibulkova fought back. The tension was heightened by the fact that the Slovak ran out of challenges, so she was unable to question one dubious service winner from the German. But Cibulkova got the set into the tiebreak. Both players were clearly nervous, but Kerber had the greater energy, and although she let a 5-3 lead slip, she held firm to see a Cibulkova forehand drift wide on the German’s first match point.

"I had so much emotion from the team," Kerber said. "It was tough, so I was just trying to play point-by-point. I think I played well, I moved well, I mixed it up well, sometimes aggressive, sometimes defensive, and I’m so happy that we’re now through."

The Slovaks did have one moment of triumph. Midway through the doubles rubber, it was announced that Slovakia had won a gold at the Winter Olympics in Biathlon, bringing out as big a cheer as for one of Cibulkova’s rasping forehands. And perhaps that’s the moral of the story – a wintersports nation such as Slovakia had its attention towards Sochi, whereas Germany’s was very much on the tennis court in Bratislava.
 

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