Monday April 27, 2009
Fed Cup 2009, Amazing turnaround puts USA in final
The USA stormed into the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final with victory over the Czech Republic after doubles pairing Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber came back from match point down to win the fifth and decisive rubber 26 76(1) 61 against Kveta Peschke and Iveta Benesova.
Mattek-Sands had suffered the disappointment of losing her second singles rubber earlier in the day 63 61 to Lucie Safarova, who was a late replacement on day two for teammate Iveta Benesova. But the 24 year-old American certainly redeemed herself with her gutsy performance in the final rubber alongside doubles specialist Liesel Huber.
The pair had been a
set and 5-2 down to Pescke and Benesova as the
experienced Czech duo had played solidly from the back of
the court and taken advantage of short balls. But a
couple of errors from the Czechs at the end of the second
set allowed Mattek-Sands and Huber back into the match,
and once the Americans had the bit between their teeth
they never relinquished control, breaking the Czechs
twice in the final set to clinch an historic victory.
Glatch the rising star
The USA had been
given a lifeline earlier in the day when Alexa Glatch
once again defied her ranking and inexperience to defeat
Petra Kvitova 62 61 and level the tie at two rubbers a
Great season for Fernandez
This victory for the
USA is a particularly proud moment for team captain
Mary-Joe Fernandez who has coached her team to the final
of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in her first year as
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