Tennis: A Davis Cup weekend sees both the United States and Great Britain bow out, while two teens battle for their first WTA crown in Charleston, S.C.
By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst
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- Roger Federer, who is skipping the claycourt season but will return for the French Open, is playing exhibitions this week in Switzerland (with Andy
Murray) and April 29 in Seattle (with John Isner and celebrity tennis with billionaire Bill Gates) to raise money for his Match for Africa charity, which helps underprivileged children in Africa.
- Vika Azarenka announced that she will return to the tour from maternity leave in July at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.
Australia 3, United States 2
- Nick Kyrgios led Australia into the semifinals with two hard-fought singles wins over John Isner and the clincher over Sam Querrey – a substitute for a fatigued Jack Sock. Aussie rookie Jordan Thompson provided the biggest surprise by hustling past Sock in the opening match to spearhead the hometown underdogs’ campaign. Australia faces Belgium in the semifinals.
Belgium 3, Italy 2
- World No.14 David Goffin carried Belgium to the semifinals with two comprehensive singles wins over Andrea Seppi and Paolo Lorenzi. Steve Darcis added the other victory over Lorenzi, who was a last-minute substitute for Italy’s injured top star Fabio Fognini.
France 4, Great Britain 1
- Without Andy Murray, Britain posed little threat. France also was without top stars Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (new son), Gael Monfils (injury) and Richard Gasquet (appendicitis), but had greater team depth with Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy taking both singles on opening day. Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut edged Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to seal its semifinal birth against Serbia.
Serbia 4, Spain 1
- Novak Djokovic led Serbia over Spain, who was devoid of its top stars Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut.
WTA TOUR: Volvo Car Open
Final: Daria Kasatkina def. Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1
- The 19 year olds fought for their first WTA title, but Russian-born Kasatkina showed better consistency, variation and maturity to exploit Ostapenko’s 36 unforced errors and erratic serving. Kasatkina, a former Jr. French Open champion, came to Charleston with a 6-8 record on the year, including two wins over No.1 Angelique Kerber, and will rise to a career-best 29th in the rankings.
- Ostapenko, who won Jr. Wimbledon in 2014, blasted by No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki (quarterfinals) and No.11 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (semifinals) to climb to No. 50.
- Hometown product Shelby Rogers delighted fans with a stunning upset over top seed Madison Keys in the second round.
- German baseliner Laura Siegemund outlasted No.3 seed Venus Williams (second round) in over three hours en route to her semifinal clash against Kasatkina.
WTA TOUR: Abierto Monterrey
Final: Anastasia Pavyluchenkova def. Angelique Kerber 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
- Pavyluchenkova fired 49 winners in Monterrey to Kerber’s 14 winners to take her fourth title and move to No. 16. Kerber, still looking for her first title of the year, remains at No.1.
ATP TOUR: U.S. Men’s Claycourt Championships
- Site: Houston
- Top seed: Jack Sock
ATP TOUR: Grand Prix Hassan II
- Site: Marrekech, Morocco
- Top seed: Grigor Dimitrov
WTA TOUR: Clara Open Colsanitas
- Site: Bogota, Columbia
- Top seed: Kiki Bertens
ATP TOUR: Ladies Open Biel Bienne
- Site: Biel, Switzerland
- Top seed: Barbora Strycova