The first day of Fed Cup play came to a close, and let's have a look at how it went. In the above screenshot you can see the World Group First Round results.
Australia and Italy are tied at 1-1 after Day 1, which featured two three-setters. Jarmila Groth defeated Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta defeated Samantha Stosur.
Russia lost both singles rubbers on home soil! Maria Sharapova lost to France's Virginie Razzano and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Alize Cornet.
The Czech Republic has good prospects of improving their perfect 3-0 record against Slovakia, as Petra Kvitova beat Dominika Cibulkova, Lucie Safarova beat Daniela Hantuchova, and both matches were finished in two sets.
Belgium is doing great with the latest Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters in their team. The winner of the 2011 Australian Open scored a 6-0 6-4 victory over American Melanie Oudin, while Yanina Wickmayer saw off Bethanie Mattek Sands, 6-1 7-6(6).
I'd also like to mention the Fed Cup action happening in my city of Novi Sad, Serbia. As it can often happen in Fed Cup, new faces have a chance to draw attention to themselves. Last year it was the case with Bojana Jovanovski, who is now an established player ranked as high as No.54, with very bright prospects. Actually now she is the leader of Serbian team, with Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic absent, and she defeated Aleksandra Wozniack 6-4 7-5 during Saturday's World Group II First Round. Still, the preceding match, encounter of 17-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, ranked 281st, and Canada's world No.84 Rebecca Marino, was much more emotional.
Krunic lost the match 6-3 3-6 7-5, but only after showing lots of heart and fighting spirit. After dropping the first set, Krunic established a 3-0 lead in the second, and managed to take the match to the third set. Marino raced to a 5-0 lead, but it wasn't over! The less experienced Krunic won five successive games and even had a break point for a 6-5 lead! But that's when Krunic's lost opportunities struck, and Marino won her service game and soon after the match.
Krunic started drowning in tears, knowing how close she was to victory. She shouldn't be sad, though, as she showed great spirit and got herself back from what seemed to be a straightforward defeat in the deciding set. With more experience, more luck will come as well!
Additional info: I came across this video of Bojana Jovanovski's training and I saw a familiar face. Her trainer is actually a woman that was my pilates trainer for years! Haha the world is so small. (photos via Fed Cup)