April 12th, 2017

Vandeweghe to Head U.S. Fed Cup Against Czechs in Tampa Semifinals

General News Pro Tennis

(From left to right) United States’ Kayla Day, Coach Lisa Raymond, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, CoCo Vandeweghe and Captain Kathy Rinaldi after clinching the overall victory over Germany at the 2017 Fed Cup tie between the United States and Germany in Maui, HI on February 12.

No. 24-ranked CoCo Vandeweghe will take the lead when the U.S. Fed Cup team hosts the Czech Republic on April 22-23, 2017 at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay for the semifinals of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi announced on Wednesday that Vandewehge would be joined by world No. 36 Lauren Davis, No. 49 Shelby Rogers, and world No. 1 doubles player and 2017 Australian Open women’s doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Tampa Bay will be hosting Fed Cup for the first time. The winner of the match-up will advance to the Fed Cup Final on Nov. 11-12 against either Belarus or Switzerland. The U.S. Fed Cup team made its last appearance in the final in 2010, falling to Italy 3-1 in San Diego, and won its last Fed Cup title in 2000.

The U.S. Fed Cup team is a perfect 4-0 in Florida all-time.

The Czech Republic has been dominant in Fed Cup, winning five titles in the last six years, but they will arrive in Tampa without their leading players Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova. The Czech Republic’s Fed Cup Captain Petr Pala named No. 38-ranked Katerina Siniakova, No. 58 Kristyna Pliskova, No. 107 Denisa Allertova, and No. 233 Marketa Vondrousova to face Team USA.

Play begins on Saturday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., with two singles matches. On Sunday, play will begin at 10:30 a.m., with two reverse singles matches and the doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage.
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