Slovakia lost to Australia in Fed Cup’s first duel

SLOVAK female tennis team met Australia in the first round of Fed Cup, February 5 to 7. In the 2nd group, Slovakia had a well-balanced team but thanks to Samantha Stosur who stood out among Australians, it lost 2:3.

Slovak players Čepelová, Hantuchová (in foregorund) lost to Australian tennis players Stosur (L) and Dellacqua in doubles.Slovak players Čepelová, Hantuchová (in foregorund) lost to Australian tennis players Stosur (L) and Dellacqua in doubles. (Source: SITA)

However, the duel which took place in the NTC Aegon Arena in Bratislava was quite equally-matched, with the final result being achieved only in the last match, a doubles, the Sme daily wrote. Anna Karolína Schmiedlová beat Arina Rodionova (5:7, 7:5, 6:0); Jana Čepelová lost against Stosur (3:6, 4:6); Schmiedlová was beaten by Stosur (6:7 (5); 5:7), Dominika Cibulková smashed Kimberly Birrell (6:3, 6:1) and Čepelová with Daniela Hantuchová lost to Casey Dellacqua and Stosur.

Slovaks do not make a play easy for her, Stosur noted as cited by the TASR newswire, adding that the Fed Cup is different than WTA tournaments or Grand-slams. However, she was happy – as were her Australian team colleagues – about the slow hard surface in Bratislava. The Australian team missed Jarmila Wolfe, who is Bratislava native, due to an injury; but it was completed with Dellacqua who specialises in doubles.

After this defeat, Slovak female tennis players will fight for a place in the 2nd group; a draw of lots on February 9 will choose one of the four countries, Belgium, Ukraine, Argentina, or Taiwan, as their rival for the April round.


 

 

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