The most interesting match of the first round of World Group one was the one played in Krakow, Poland, between Poland and Russia. Well, at least it was expected to be interesting, since Russia defeated their opponents by 0:4!
Angieszka Radwanska and her sister Urszula were at least a tough opponent for Russia when the draw was held, but they played miserably, and Sharapova and Kuznetsova hammered them with ease.
In the first match, and the most important one of the tie, Kuznetsova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska by 2:1, and after that the match was going in a predictable direction. Sharapova went on to defeat Urszula by 6:3, 6:0, and sealed the deal with an easy victory over Agnieszka, by 6:1, 7:5. Urszula didn’t play against Kuznetsova, and the Russian double was better than the Polish double in the final match.
It was much more interesting in the encounter of Italy and France. France made a big comeback, and won the match by 2:3, after losing 2:0 after the first day.
Italy was the favorite of this tie, and after first day, it seemed all would go as planned for them. Sara Errani defeated Caroline Garcia, and Camila Giorgi defeated Alize Cornet, both in straight sets. However, in the second day, Kristina Mladenovic replaced French number one Alize Cornet, and was the most important played in the French comeback.
First she sensationally defeated Sara Errani in straight sets, and Garcia also made a comeback against Giorgi, after losing the first set. However, Italy remained a strong favorite for winning the fifth match, since they had Errani and Vinci, the best double in the world, against Garcia and Mladenovic. However, the young French player pulled off another upset, and crushed their opponents by 6:1, 6:2.
Germany, as expected, didn’t have many problems against Australia. However, Jarmila Gajdosova surprised German number one Angelique Kerber in the first match, beating her by 2:1, and then Andrea Petkovic and Samantha Stosur played a nerve breaking match, which Petkovic won by 12:10 in the third set. In the second day Kerber didn’t allow another surprise, she defeated Stosur in straight sets, and Petkovic defeated Gajdosova, in another thriller by 8:6 in the final set, to seal the victory for the home side.
In the final match, a weakened Canada doesn’t have much chance to come back against the Czech team. Without a top 100 player, they lost two matches in the first day, and it is hard to expect that 230th Francoise Abanda and 185th Gabriela Dabrowski could return against Pliskova and Smitkova, who both convincingly defeated their opponents in the first matches.
In the second World Group, Netherlands defeated Slovakia by 4:1, Romania defeated Spain in the derby match by 3:2, although young Muguruza defeated both Halep and Begu with ease, Sweden lost to Switzerland by 1:3, same as Argentina to USA.