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    I thought Romania's look might be inspired by traditional Romanian clothing.

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    via @Chanda_Rubin
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #33

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    Zhao to open Fed Cup by BNP Paribas tie for Canada versus Romania

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania, February 9, 2018 – The official draw for the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie between Canada and Romania was held on Friday to determine the match-ups for this weekend’s action. Canada and Romania will square off on an indoor hard court at Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca in Cluj-Napoca on February 10 and 11, with the winner advancing to the World Group I play-offs and the losing nation having to compete in a World Group II play-off tie to maintain their place in the World Group II for 2019.

    The Canadian Fed Cup team consisting of Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill), Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) and Katherine Sebov (Toronto) as well as Sylvain Bruneau, captain of the Canadian team since 2010, will take on Romania in two singles matches on Saturday and two singles matches followed by a doubles match on the Sunday.

    Zhao and Andreescu were selected by Bruneau to play in singles, while Romanian team captain Florin Segarceanu nominated Irina-Camelia Begu and Sorana Cirstea, respectively ranked no. 37 and 38 in the world. In doubles, Sebov and Dabrowski, who had a great start to her 2018 season by winning a WTA title in Sydney and the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open, will play for Canada. Raluca Olaru and Ana Bogdan, who was called on to replace Simona Halep earlier this week, were selected for the doubles rubber for Romania.

    Today’s draw produced the following weekend match-ups:
    Event Representing Canada Representing Romania
    1st Singles Rubber – Saturday, February 10 – 6 a.m. ET Carol Zhao (world no. 138) Sorana Cirstea (world no. 38)
    2nd Singles Rubber – Saturday, February 10 Bianca Andreescu (world no. 153) Irina-Camelia Begu (world no. 37)
    3rd Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 11 – 5 a.m. ET Carol Zhao (world no. 138) Irina-Camelia Begu (world no. 37)
    4th Singles Rubber – Sunday, February 11 Bianca Andreescu (world no. 153) Sorana Cirstea (world no. 38)
    5th Rubber - Doubles – Sunday, February 11 Gabriela Dabrowski (world no. 11 in doubles) / Katherine Sebov (world no. 319) Ana Bogdan (world no. 86) /
    Raluca Olaru (world no. 45 in doubles)

    “We know that the Romanian team presents a big challenge,” stated Bruneau. “We are the underdogs in this tie, but we also held this role against Kazakhstan last year and we were able to cause the upset. The girls had a very good week of preparation and they are ready to leave it all out on the court this weekend.”

    The Canadian team is competing in the World Group II for the first time since February 2016. The nation’s best results in Fed Cup have been reaching the semifinals in 1988 and the quarter-finals on three occasions, in 1964, 1967 and 1987.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual team competition in women’s sport, with 98 countries participating in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963.

    The tie will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Now.


    About Fed Cup
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Fed Cup). Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es

    About Tennis Canada
    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  4. #34

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    UNITED STATES VS. NETHERLANDS
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2018 World Group First Round
    U.S. Cellular Center
    Asheville, N.C. * February 10-11

    ORDER OF PLAY

    Saturday, 1 p.m. ET

    Singles A: Venus Williams (USA) vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
    Singles B: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Richel Hogenkamp (NED)

    Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
    Singles C: Venus Williams (USA) vs. Richel Hogenkamp (NED)
    Singles D: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
    Doubles: Serena Williams (USA) / Lauren Davis (USA)
    vs. Lesley Kerkhove (NED) / Demi Schuurs (NED)

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    The U.S will face the Netherlands in the 2018 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, Feb. 10-11, on an indoor hard court. The U.S. team comes to Asheville after winning its record 18th Fed Cup title and first title since 2000 in November, defeating Belarus, 3-2, in Minsk.

    For additional information and tickets, visit www.usta.com/fedcup. Follow the U.S. Fed Cup team on Facebook @USTA, on Twitter @USTA, and on Instagram @USTA.

  5. #35

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    EUROPE/AFRICA I




  6. #36

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    ASIA/OCEANIA I




  7. #37

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    AMERICAS I




  8. #38

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    ASIA/OCEANIA II




  9. #39

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    Venus cruises, Coco struggles but wins in 3 to give the US a 2-0 lead. Bencic apparently used up all her good tennis in the AOR1
    Last edited by JTContinental; 02-10-2018 at 03:56 PM.
    I don't deny myself bread. I have bread every day.

  10. #40

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    UNITED STATES VS. NETHERLANDS
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2018 World Group First Round
    U.S. Cellular Center
    Asheville, N.C. * February 10-11

    THE UNITED STATES LEADS THE NETHERLANDS, 2-0

    The United States Fed Cup Team took a commanding 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in the Fed Cup World Group First Round in Asheville, N.C., today.

    Venus Williams kicked off the weekend by earning a win in her 1,000th career singles match. Former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam women’s singles champion Williams defeated world No. 124 Arantxa Rus, 6-1, 6-4, in one hour and 21 minutes. Williams, who is ranked No. 8 in the world, was competing in her first Fed Cup tie since February 2016 and now holds a 20-2 record in singles, joining Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and Lindsay Davenport as the only U.S. players to win 20 or more singles matches in Fed Cup history. Rus was playing in her 23rd tie for the Dutch and now holds a 15-8 record in Fed Cup singles play. Williams and Rus had never met prior to today’s match.

    In the second singles match on Saturday, world No. 17 and 2017 US Open and Australian Open semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe battled an epic three-set match against world No. 108 Richel Hogenkamp. After dropping the first set and then trailing, 3-0, in the second set, Vandeweghe fought back to defeat Hogenkamp, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. Vandeweghe has now won 13 consecutive Fed Cup singles and doubles matches, first starting in the 2016 World Group II First Round. She made Fed Cup history last year by going 8-0 in singles and doubles play over the course of the year to lead the U.S. team to its championship, becoming the first player to win eight rubbers (six singles, two doubles) in a Fed Cup year since 1995. Vandeweghe now holds a 8-3 singles record. Hogenkamp now holds an 8-5 singles record. Vandeweghe and Hogenkamp had never met prior to today’s match.

    Attendance for Saturday’s Fed Cup matches at the U.S. Cellular Center was 5,208. Asheville is hosting Fed Cup for the first time. The U.S. holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Netherlands in Fed Cup play. The U.S. last faced the Netherlands in the 1998 World Group First Round in Kiawah Island, S.C., sweeping the tie, 5-0.

    RESULTS/ORDER OF PLAY

    Saturday, 1 p.m. ET
    Singles A: Venus Williams (USA) def. Arantxa Rus (NED), 6-1, 6-4
    Singles B: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) def. Richel Hogenkamp (NED), 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3

    Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

    Singles C: Venus Williams (USA) vs. Richel Hogenkamp (NED)
    Singles D: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Arantxa Rus (NED)
    Doubles: Serena Williams (USA) / Lauren Davis (USA)
    vs. Lesley Kerkhove (NED) / Demi Schuurs (NED)


    DAY TWO PREVIEW

    The U.S. and the Netherlands will compete for a berth in the Fed Cup semifinal on Sunday, after two singles matches, scheduled between each country’s No. 1 players and No. 2 players, and followed by a doubles match.

    The first match is scheduled to pit American No. 1 Venus Williams against Dutch No. 1 Richel Hogenkamp. Williams and Hogenkamp have never played previously. Both are experienced Fed Cup players with Williams competing in her 13th Fed Cup tie and Hogenkamp competing in her 22nd tie.

    The day’s second singles is scheduled between No. 2s CoCo Vandeweghe and Arantxa Rus. Vandeweghe met once before, in 2011, in qualifying in the grass-court event in the Netherlands. Rus won that match, 6-4, 6-4.

    Captains can substitute their originally nominated singles players up to one hour before the start of play on Sunday (12 p.m.). Should the U.S. win the Williams-Hogenkamp singles match, the fourth singles match will not be played and will end the day with the dead doubles rubber.

    Nominated for the doubles rubber, played after a 30-minute break following singles play, are former world No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and Lauren Davis for the U.S. and Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs for the Dutch. Team captains have until halfway through the 30-minute break between singles and doubles to substitute either of their doubles players.

    While Williams and Davis have no history as doubles partners, Williams has been ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and holds 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. Davis had played in one dead doubles rubber in Fed Cup in the 2014 World Group First Round in her hometown of Cleveland. Kerkhove and Schuurs have never competed in a doubles match together. Schuurs is currently ranked No. 32 in doubles and holds three WTA doubles titles, while Kerkhove is ranked No. 65 and holds one doubles title.

    The winner of this matchup will advance to the Fed Cup Semifinals, April 21-22. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The United States leads all nations with 18 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2017. The U.S. holds an overall 149-36 record in Fed Cup competition with a 40-6 record in home ties.

    VENUS WILLIAMS PLAYS 1,000TH CAREER MATCH


    Venus Williams today competed in her 1,000th career singles match. Williams played her first match at 14 years, 136 days old at the Oakland Coliseum on October 31, 1994. Since then, she has won 49 WTA singles titles, including seven Grand Slam titles, and has competed in 31 different countries.

    VENUS WILLIAMS SINGLES MATCH BREAKDOWN

    477-152 WTA Main Draw

    17-1 WTA Qualifying

    262-69 Grand Slam Main Draw

    20-2 Fed Cup

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    776 - 224



    TV SCHEDULE
    Tennis Channel will air live coverage on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Coverage will also air locally on WMYA-40.

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    Canada trails 0-2 after the first day of action at Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania, February 10, 2018 – Canada faces a 0-2 deficit after Saturday’s singles of its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Canada’s no. 1 singles player this weekend, fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sorana Cirstea while Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) was defeated 6-3, 6-7(4) et 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu.

    Cirstea needed 54 minutes to defeat Zhao, earning five breaks of serve in the match compared to the Canadian’s one. The Romanian, ranked no. 38 in the world, also hit 16 winners while Zhao had just five. The 22-year-old Canadian was playing in her first Fed Cup singles match.

    “She definitely played well, but there were a lot of things I would have liked to have done better,” Zhao said following the loss. “I wasn’t able to win a few important points in the first set and it could have made a difference if I was able to stay with her for longer.”

    For her part, Andreescu erased a set and a break deficit against Begu in the second match to force a decisive third set. There was a break before the start of the final frame so that the 17-year-old Canadian could receive treatment during a medical timeout. The delay seemed to break Andreescu’s rhythm and the Romanian jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The first meeting between Andreescu and Begu last one hour, 38 minutes.

    “The match today was a battle between both of us. I fought, I gave all I had and she did the same thing, but she played the important points better. I think she had more energy than I did, especially in the end,” Andreescu commented.

    Sunday preview

    Canada needs to win three matches on Sunday in order to advance to the World Group I play-offs. Zhao will be first on court against Begu. That match will be followed by Andreescu vs. Cirstea. If Canada is able to level the tie at 2-2, the doubles match will decide the outcome. At Friday’s draw, Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau nominated Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) and Katherine Sebov (Toronto) while Romania’s captain Florin Segarceanu nominated Ana Bogan and Raluca Olaru. Captains have until one hour before the first singles match and ten minutes before the following ones to make changes to their lineup.

    ZHAO versus BEGU – first meeting between the two players

    ZHAO BEGU
    22 years old 27 years old
    World no. 138 World no. 37
    Career-high ranking: no. 138 (January 2018) Career-high ranking: no. 22 (August 2016)
    2nd Fed Cup tie 15th Fed Cup tie
    0-2 record in Fed Cup 12-9 record in Fed Cup

    ANDREESCU versus CIRSTEA – first meeting between the two players

    ANDREESCU CIRSTEA
    17 years 27 years old
    World no. 173 World no. 38
    Career-high ranking: no. 143 (July 2017) Career-high ranking: no. 21(August 2013)
    6e rencontre de la Fed Cup 18e rencontre de la Fed Cup
    Fiche de 7-2 à la Fed Cup Fiche de 16-12 à la Fed Cup

    DABROWSKI SEBOV BOGDAN OLARU
    Doubles ranking No. 11 - No. 564 No. 45
    Fed Cup doubles record 4-5 1-1 0-0 3-7
    Match Schedule

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie
    Canada vs. Romania
    February 10-11, 2018
    Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca
    Score 0-2

    Date Match Result
    Saturday February 10 First singles match Cirstea b. Zhao 6-2, 6-2
    Saturday February 10 Second singles match Begu b. Andreescu 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2
    Sunday February 11 Third singles match Zhao vs. Begu
    Sunday February 11 Fourth singles match Andreescu vs. Cirstea
    Sunday February 11 Doubles match Dabrowski/Sebov vs. Bogdan/Olaru
    Canada is part of World Group II for the first time since February 2016. Canada earned its best result in Fed Cup in 1988, reaching the semifinals. Canada has also reached the quarter-finals on three occasions in 1964, 1967, and 1987.

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the biggest women’s team sporting event in the world with 98 countries competing in 2018. Founded in 1963, the competition is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

    The matches are being shown live on Sportsnet NOW.

    About Fed Cup
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Fed Cup). Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es

    About Tennis Canada
    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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  12. #42

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    WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND



    WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND


  13. #43

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    Not such a hot Fed Cup for Bencic
    25 GRAND SLAM TITLES: 5 SINGLES 13 DOUBLES 7 MIXED

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    Canada falls 3-1 to Romania in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round play
    The team will contest a World Group II play-off tie in April

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania, February 11, 2018 – Canada needed a perfect day on Sunday after losing the first two singles matches of their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. But, Irina-Camelia Begu, the home team’s no. 1 player this weekend, defeated Katherine Sebov (Toronto) 6-2. 6-4 to give her country the victory.

    Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau decided make a change for the third singles matches, opting for Sebov over Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill) against Begu who ultimately defeated the Canadian in one hour, 25 minutes. The Romanian, ranked no. 37 in the world, earned her first break early in the match to set the tone. Despite a push from Sebov in the second set to 3-3, Begu was dominant throughout en route to earning her second point for her team in the tie after defeating Andreescu on Saturday. Romania advances to the World Group I play-offs in April.

    For Sebov, who made her Fed Cup debut last year in the Americas Zone Group I event, this is her first singles loss in Fed Cup and her record now stands at 4-2.

    Canada avoided the sweep by winning the doubles match as Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) and Zhao defeated the Romanian duo of Ana Bogdan and Raluca Olaru 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.

    “We knew it was going to be difficult. At least it was an opportunity for our team to play at a very high level in front of a big crowd. This is the kind of experience that will help our young team to grow for future ties,” said Bruneau.

    Canada will now contest a play-off tie on April 21 and 22 to try and keep their place in World Group II for 2019. The draw to determine their next opponents will be held on Tuesday February 13. A win in this tie means that Canada would remain in World Group II while a loss would relegate them to Americas Zone Group I for next year.
    Match Results

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie
    Canada vs. Romania
    February 10-11, 2018
    Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca
    Score 3-1

    Date Match Result
    Saturday February 10 First singles match Cirstea b. Zhao 6-2, 6-2
    Saturday February 10 Second singles match Begu b. Andreescu 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2
    Sunday February 11 Third singles match Begu b. Sebov 6-2, 6-4
    Sunday February 11 Doubles match Dabrowski/Zhao b. Bogdan/Olaru
    4-6, 6-1, 10-6

    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the biggest women’s team sporting event in the world with 98 countries competing in 2018. Founded in 1963, the competition is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.

    About Fed Cup
    Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 98 nations entered in 2018. The competition is 55 years old, having been founded in 1963. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (Official Bank of Fed Cup). Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, while beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es

    About Tennis Canada
    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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  15. #45

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    via @returnofserve
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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