Serena Williams was almost tripped up the national team and was awarded a mention at the Oscars


Trips to Budapest for the final tournament of the Federation Cup played, and Russia has pulled out of her in the decisive doubles match. In the same way made his way to Hungary, and the American with quite the stellar cast for the national team played and Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams, the latter for the first time lost a single match at the Federation Cup. To play for the country and came to the other tennis players from the top 20, but not everybody managed to help their teams.


For the Russian national team with the Romanians in Cluj singles matches played Catherine Alexander and Veronica Kudermetova. Alexandrov, who recently Yevgeny Kafelnikov called the leader of the Russian women’s tennis, its status confirmed — Kate won both their matches and earned the team two important points. Fortunately, she didn’t have to play with the second racket of the world Simona Halep, who decided not to participate in qualifying. And Veronica Kudermetova to support a colleague in the victorious gust could not, and his two matches have lost. Therefore, the fate of vouchers in Budapest was decided in the doubles match. Initially, a couple of Romanians has been declared of Bare and Olara, but responsibility decided to take the Ruse and Christian, had already erupted in singles. Did not help, the two Ani — Blinkova and Kalinskaya won easily in two sets.

The same nerve was a series of American women and girls from Latvia. In front of their fans (and the matches were played in Washington) 18-fold owner of the Cup of Federation spoke in his most stellar lineup. Out on the court and the newly minted Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, and even Serena Williams. Serena once said that she wants to compete at the Olympics in Tokyo, and, apparently, it was not empty words, since I came in the Federation Cup. According to the ITF rules for participation in the Games need to be Zahrani for the national team in the Olympic cycle and at least once in the last two years. But the younger Williams almost put his team. However, Kenin also not demonstrated a champion’s spirit. The first matches both failed, but the second came bobble. 14 Serena times played singles in fed Cup, and never before has not lost. All once happens for the first time, but it is in any case does not cast a shadow on its past achievements, and Serena was rightly rewarded with a mention in the speech, double-Oscar-winning Renee Zelwegger. On the eve of Renee, holding the statuette, called the Williams sisters — heroes. Not only them, of course – the list of names was long, but still…

Sofia Kenin, by the way, then rushed to save the situation, and left is Alison Riske to play doubles with Bethany Mattek-Sands: they recently did in Melbourne. Auction USA goes to the final tournament.

But if the Kenin still got the team, the Japanese should not have hoped on Naomi Osaka. She just failed her first match against the 78th-ranked Spaniard Sarah Sorribes-Tormo, having made 50 (!) unforced errors. And the second just decided not to come, it was replaced with Kurumi Nara, but she lost. In Budapest qualified Spaniard.

Eighth in the world ranking of Kiki Bertens just unlucky with partners. The Dutch worked very hard, and earned two points in singles matches, but her partner Arantxa Rus failed or Sasnovich nor Sobolenko. And in a couple of Bertans is not enough forces, the Belarusian was too strong. Kiki was so upset that upon arrival at the tournament in St. Petersburg immediately after the Federation Cup, did not even want to answer questions about the past qualifications.

The composition of the countries participating in the final tournament in Budapest which will take place in April of this year, decided: to France, Australia (finalists last year), Czech Republic (received the wild card) and Hungary, as hostess, was joined by the USA, Belarus, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium.

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