Fed Cup Semifinals & Play-Off Preview – Tennis Column #21

The third week of April is free of WTA tournaments. However, a fan of women tennis does not need to be worried. The Fed Cup semifinals and play-off matches are taking places from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st. Team nominations promise tennis of the highest quality.

Fed Cup

Fed Cup Semifinals

France – Romania
Place: Rouen, France
Surface: Indoor Clay

France team: Garcia, Mladenovic, Cornet, Parmentier
Romania team: Halep, Buzarnescu, Begu, Niculescu, Olaru

Our view: Halep in a team means that Romania has two points assured, but can they find a way to win an additional one? I do expect close match ending 3-2 or 2-3 with doubles deciding the match. If I had to pick a winner I would go with Romania, but it is a really close decision.

Australia – Belarus
Place: Brisbane, Australia
Surface: Outdoor Hard

Australia team: Barty, Gavrilova, Stosur, Hon
Belarus team: Sabalenka, Sasnovich, Azarenka, Lapko, Marozava

Our view: Hardcourt surface is suitable for Barty and also for Sabalenka and Sasnovich. I expect a very close match with no clear favorite. Maybe, the home field can give Australia a little edge.

Fed Cup play-offs

Latvia – Germany
Place: Riga, Latvia
Surface: Indoor Hard

Latvia team: Sevastova, Ostapenko, Marcinkevica, Vismane, Spaka
Germany team: Kerber, Goerges, Petkovic, Groenfeld

Our view: Hardcourt choice in the middle of the clay season by Latvian team should be advantage mainly for Sevastova. However, one player is not able to win the team match. Ostapenko is still out of the form, so the German team should prevail. Kerber and Goerges should easily slide for three wins.

Czech Republic – Canada
Place: Prostejov, Czech Republic
Surface: Indoor Clay

Czech Republic team: Vondrousova, Muchova, Bouzkova, Safarova, Krejcikova
Canada team: Marino, Dabrowski, Fernandez, Fichman

Our view: Czechs will be without Pliskova, Kvitova, and Siniakova. Canada will be without Andreescu and Bouchard. That makes both teams much weaker on the paper. The match will be played in a small city of Prostejov in a stadium with a capacity of just 1,200 people. The stadium is already sold-out and the atmosphere will be hot there. Vondrousova and Muchova should bring the needed wins easily and I expect the Czech Republic to win this match.

Belgium – Spain
Place: Kortrijk, Belgium
Surface: Indoor Hard

Belgium team: van Uytvanck, Flipkens, Bonaventure, Wickmayer
Spain team: Muguruza, Suarez Navarro, Bolsova Zadoinov, Garcia-Perez, Martinez-Sanchez

Our view: Indoor Hardcourt give an advantage to the home team. Muguruza should win her two matches, but Suarez Navarro is not in her best form and can be a way for Belgium to make this match close.

USA – Switzerland
Place: San Antonio, USA
Surface: Indoor Hard

USA team: Stephens, Keys, Kenin, Pegula, Brady
Switzerland team: Golubic, Bacsinzsky, Perrin, In-Albon

Our view: This match should be easy for the USA. They have a strong squad for an indoor hard surface. Switzerland travels to San Antonia without Bencic which makes them an easy opponent for Keys and Stephens.

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Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

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