Hi people, I’m back from Belgrade and Serbia vs. Japan Fed Cup tie and I’ll share some of my impressions with you.
First of all, not surprisingly, it was not much of a challenge for Serbia to beat Japan and reach the Fed Cup World Group play-offs for the first time.
Serbia cruised to an unassailable 3-0 lead with world No.3 Jelena Jankovic beating world No.26 Ai Sugiyama 6-3 6-2 in the Belgrade Arena. On Saturday, Serbia had established a 2-0 lead with world No.8 Ana Ivanovic defeating Ai Sugiyama 6-4 6-4 and Jelena Jankovic cruising past Ayumi Morita, ranked 86th in the world, 6-1 6-0.
In the fourth dead singles rubber, Ivanovic notched up her second win of the weekend by romping past Morita 6-1 6-2. Team Japan, consisting of Rika Fujiwara and Aiko Nakamura, won the doubles match, when the Serbian team of Jelena Jankovic and Ana Jovanovic retired after the second set, so the final score of the Serbia vs. Japan Fed Cup tie was 4-1.
The atmosphere in the Belgrade Arena was very good, although not too ecstatic because there were no close matches. However, the crowd was active and, as I learned, it was the record number of spectators for the Fed Cup, as on Saturday 15,118 people came to support their country’s team. On Sunday, the number of spectators didn’t drop, at least not that I could notice.
There was one major drawback, though. A lot of people, including me, couldn’t see the scoreboard. Imagine that! And the chair umpire wasn’t talking clearly enough. So, we had to count the points by ourselves, which was a hassle. Hahaha, one woman beside me was even calling someone on the phone to inform her about the current score. Organizers, are you listening?
Overall, however, I had a great time, and I want to thank all the players for giving their maximum and making our weekend entertaining. I have some more pictures and two videos I think. As you can imagine, they are not of high quality, but hey, better something than nothing. In the coming hours I will select some pics and vids and add them to our Facebook group, as well as to my Flickr and YouTube accounts.
By the way, as you can notice, Jankovic wasn't wearing her green ANTA dress, while Ivanovic, of course, stayed with her purple adidas one.