Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova Win On First Day Of 2012 Fed Cup Matches; Christina McHale and Serena Williams Power Team USA

Maria Sharapova (Russia)

World #2 and #3 Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova both helped their countries to take 2-0 leads on the first day of Fed Cup 2012. With their teams playing in World Group I with a chance to emerge Fed Cup champion this year, Petra and Masha did not disappoint. Masha powered Team Russia by overwhelming Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Team Spain, 6-2 6-1. Meanwhile, Petra had was pushed to the edge by Team Germany’s Julia Goerges before eventually winning for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic, 3-6 6-3 10-8. I’m not surprised Goerges played well. She has a lot of talent, which she displayed in 2011 by twice defeating Caroline Wozniacki. Georges has a real shot to beat Iveta Benesova on day two of play. On the other hand, Benesova handled Sabine Lisicki, so she can’t be taken lightly.

Team USA Captain Mary Jo Fernandez hugs Christina McHale

Team USA is in World Group II and thus cannot win Fed Cup this year. But the journey back to World Group I starts with the first step. Christina McHale and Serena Williams each won their opening singles matches to put Team USA up 2-0 over Team Belarus after day one. But the big story of the day was that Victoria Azarenka pulled out of day one singles, being physically unable to play. That’s understandable after all she’s done the last month. Still, if Team Belarus has any hope of staging a comeback on day two of play, they will need Vika to play her rubber against Serena Williams. Vika not playing really hurt on day one. As much as I like Christina McHale, she would have been hard pressed to defeat Vika. A 1-1 split after day one is a lot different than being down 0-2. It’s not over for Team Belarus, but they need Vika.

RUSSIA vs SPAIN

Maria Sharapova (Russia) d Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spain), 6-2 6-1

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) d Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain), 6-3 6-1

Russia leads, 2-0

BELGIUM vs SERBIA

Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium), 7-5 7-5

Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) d Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia), 6-4 6-4

Tied, 1-1

ITALY vs UKRAINE

Sara Errani (Italy) d Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine), 6-2 6-3

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) d Francesca Schiavone (Italy), 6-2 6-1

Tied, 1-1

CZECH REPUBLIC vs GERMANY

Iveta Benesova (Czech Republic) d Sabine Lisicki (Germany),  2-6 6-4 6-2

Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) d Julia Goerges (Germany), 3-6 6-3 10-8

Czech Republic leads, 2-0

WORLD GROUP II

USA vs BELARUS

Christina McHale (USA) d Anastasia Yakimova, 6-0 6-4

Serena Williams (USA) d Olga Govortsova, 7-5 6-0

USA leads, 2-0

Also, Australia is tied with Switzerland, 1-1. Slovak Republic is tied with France, 1-1. Japan leads Slovenia, 2-0.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

JELENA JANKOVIC

YANINA WICKMAYER

LESIA TSURENKO

PETRA KVITOVA

IVETA BENESOVA

CHRISTINA MCHALE

DANIELA HANTUCHOVA

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