Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova Win As 2015 Fed Cup Final Day One Ends With Russia and Czech Republic Tied 1-1; WTA Players Share Support For France

Petra Kvitova (click to enlarge)

With the tragedy in Paris yesterday I almost didn’t want to post about the 2015 Fed Cup. But in the end, whatever it is that makes us happy, we must continue to do. So keeping that in mind, I’ll briefly share my thoughts about day one, which ended with Russia and defending champion Czech Republic tied 1-1. The top players from each side delivered with wins in their respective rubbers. Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to finish in a flourish, giving the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead with her 2-6 6-1 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. After committing 15 unforced errors in the first set, Petra showed why she is so special with just 11 in the next two sets combined against 21 winners over the same period. Not to be outdone, Maria Sharapova evened the championship at 1 rubber each with a 6-3 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova. This win was extremely important as I would think Russia feels good should Masha win both of her rubbers and assures them of no worse than going into a deciding doubles rubber with one of the top teams in the world, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Anything can happen in sports, so maybe the Czech doubles team of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova could pull the upset, but for the Czech squad, I’d think they are fairly sure (although they would never openly admit it) that they can secure two wins against Pavlyuchenkova in singles and hope either Pliskova or Kvitova can beat Masha. Karolina couldn’t quite do it, but their big gun, Petra, is coming off a WTA Tour Finals in Singapore where she beat Sharapova in the semifinals. However, if Masha wins in rubber 3 against Petra, then the pressure is on young Karolina Pliskova to beat Pavlyuchenkova. Normally, Pliskova could win that match…but what if the weight of the Fed Cup crown is on her shoulders? Should be a very interesting day two.

After the Fed Cup photos, there are some tweets from WTA players about the Paris tragedy. But first, here are some match pics.

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

PETRA KVITOVA (won 2-6 6-1 6-1 vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova)

MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-3 6-4 vs Karolina Pliskova)

The above tweet from 2-time Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova was emblematic of many of the WTA’s stars sharing their thoughts on social media concerning the horrific attacks that have shaken the world. I tend to keep politics off my tennis/LPGA/JLPGA blog. If you want to hear me go off on this and other social subjects, check me out on Facebook. I’ll just share a few of the messages from the ladies of the court. Many of them share thoughts and photos. Frenchwoman Alize Cornet probably said the most with only one word: Pourquoi? (Why?)

more tweet coverage here: WTA Paris Tweets

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