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Tennis: Stosur faces Petkovic in opening Fed Cup match

Australian Sam Stosur will take on Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup semi-final in Brisbane on Saturday. Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion, was drawn Friday against Germany's second-ranked player and world number 28 Petkovic, for the tie on the hardcourts of Pat Rafter Arena. Casey Dellacqua, ranked 53, will play Germany's top-ranked Angelique Kerber in Saturday's second match, while the reverse singles will be on Sunday, followed by doubles.

Tennis: Serena stunned by unseeded Cepelova

World number one Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup on Tuesday, losing her opening match in straight sets to world number 78 Jana Cepelova. The 20-year-old Slovakian Cepelova shocked defending champion Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the clay court tournament in Charleston. The 17-time Grand Slam winner Williams complained about being mentally fatigued after the 84 minute contest.

Tennis: Unseeded Cepelova stuns Serena in Charleston

World number one Serena Williams crashed out of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup on Tuesday, losing her opening match in straight sets to world number 78 Jana Cepelova. The 20-year-old Slovakian Cepelova defeated defending champion Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the claycourt tournament. Williams, who won this event in 2013, 2012 and 2008, also had her 15-match tour win streak snapped.

Tennis: Li Na battles through on return to action

Li Na's return to action after last month's stunning Australian Open triumph proved a tough battle as she eventually prevailed in three sets over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the WTA Qatar Open on Wednesday. The top-seeded Chinese player needed two and a quarter hours to overcome blustery wind and Rybarikova, the world number 32, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, which reversed the result of their only previous meeting in 2009.

Tennis: Li Na battles through on return to action

Li Na's return to action after last month's stunning Australian Open triumph proved a tough battle as she eventually prevailed in three sets over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the WTA Qatar Open on Wednesday. The top-seeded Chinese player needed two and a quarter hours to overcome blustery wind and Rybarikova, the world number 32, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, which reversed the result of their only previous meeting in 2009.

Tennis: Li Na battles through on return to action

Li Na's return to action after last month's stunning Australian Open triumph proved a tough battle as she eventually prevailed in three sets over Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the WTA Qatar Open on Wednesday. The top-seeded Chinese player needed two and a quarter hours to overcome blustery wind and Rybarikova, the world number 32, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, which reversed the result of their only previous meeting in 2009.

Tennis: Australia storms into Fed Cup semis with Russia win

Australia stormed into the Fed Cup semi-finals Sunday for the first time in 21 years, with Samantha Stosur clocking a second win in Hobart to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead over Russia. Stosur, the world number 16 and 2011 US Open champion, saw off 158-ranked teenager Victoria Kan in an hour exactly, with a straight sets 6-2, 6-3 win over the 18-year-old Fed Cup debutante. "I'm very, very happy. She (Kan) can do a lot of different things, she does everything nicely and when she gets older and a little bit more strong I'm sure that will all come together," said Stosur.

Tennis: Australia take charge against Russia

Australia took a firm grip on their Fed Cup first round tie against a young and inexperienced Russian team Saturday, racing to an easy 2-0 lead. The Russians, losing finalists last year, have been shorn of their big names for the clash at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart, missing their 13 top players, and the home team took full advantage. World number 16 Samantha Stosur saw off unknown 16-year-old Veronika Kudermetova, ranked 650th in the world, 6-4, 6-0.

Tennis: Australia not underestimating young Russia threat

Australia's top player Samantha Stosur is not underestimating a largely unknown Russian team in their Fed Cup first round tie, saying her young and inexperienced opponents have nothing to lose. The Russians, losing finalists last year, have been shorn of their big names for the clash this weekend at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart.

Tennis: Stosur targets top 10 return, says best yet to come

Samantha Stosur insisted her best years are still ahead of her after another failure at the Australian Open, and said her immediate goal was getting back into the world top 10. The Australian has gained a reputation for wilting under the pressure of playing in front of her home crowd, and she once again threw away a lead in her third-round clash with Ana Ivanovic on Friday evening. She lost 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 6-2 to maintain her poor record of never having gone beyond the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 12 attempts.
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