Monday April 27, 2009
Fed Cup 2009, Serbia reaches the World Group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time
said it all. Jelena Jankovic leapt into the arms of her
captain, Dejan Vranes, after clinching the match-winning
victory on Sunday that secured history for her country as
it reached the World Group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
for the first time.
Serbias dream comes true
our dream to get in the World Group, said Ana
Ivanovic, whose opening-day win over the Spanish No. 1
Anabel Medina Garrigues did a lot to quell any thoughts
five-time champion and last year's runner-up Spain may
have had of an upset win.
With Jankovic and
Ivanovic both ranked well inside the Top 10 and bidding
for Grand Slam honours, Serbia has a side that is a match
for anyone in the competition. Perhaps only Russia and
the United States could field a team with two singles
players of equal prowess and Ivanovic believes Serbia
could even go on to win it at the first time of asking.
Happy day for Jankovic
singles wins also gave her a small piece of history as
she now holds the record for the most singles wins for
Serbia in the competition with 20. The world No. 4 had
set them on the way with a straight-sets win over
Maria-Jose Martinez on day one, despite the effects of a
cold that affected her throughout the weekend.
Vranes congratulates team
Vranes said Jankovics
performances had been little short of heroic over the
weekend. She was unbelievable. She is such a big
fighter. She couldnt breathe but she won two
Time for Spain to rebuild
Spain won the title
five times in the heyday of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and
Conchita Martinez, but now finds itself in the second
tier of the competition for the first time. Captain
Miguel Margets admitted his side faced a tough task to
get back into the elite World Group.
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