26 Sep 2013

Hungary and USA striving for perfection

Match Report

By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Fred MullaneKaterina Stewart (USA)

Two of the three days of round-robin Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas action have come to a close, and with the outcomes inked onto the draw trends can start to be seen.

There are two teams that have come through their two ties with perfect scores: Hungary and USA.

The Hungarians, represented by No. 68 ranked Anna Bondar, No. 83 ranked Fanny Stollar and No. 114 ranked Rebeka Stolmar, have the edge as the shining team, thus far, in the competition. Not only have they won both ties played 3-0, but they’ve yet to drop a set.

On Tuesday, the Hungarians defeated New Zealand and then turned away seventh-seeded Egypt on Wednesday. Stollar never let Hana Mortagy into the match, starting the day for Hungary with a 60 60 win on Wednesday. Bondar followed with a 62 75 win over Sandra Samir, and Bondar and Stollar teamed for a 64 75 win over Mortagy and Samir.

As for team USA, they delivered a perfect 3-0 win over Slovenia on Tuesday. They kept to that strategy on Wednesday in handing Colombia a loss as well. Kaitlyn McCarthy took a 60 63 win over Juliana Valero, Katerina Stewart outlasted Maria Fernanda Herazo 60 67(7) 64, and then Michaela Gordon and McCarthy ended the day with a 64 61 doubles victory over Laura Daniela Arcinegas and Herazo.

The unseeded Mexicans certainly are taking comfort in playing at home. They’ve won both of their ties in the competition, ousting the Czech Republic 2-1 on Tuesday, and then scoring a perfect 3-0 victory over Korea, Rep. on Wednesday. For the second day in a row, Constanza Gorches got Mexico off to the right footing with a 64 62 victory over Yu Jin Ahn. As was the case on Tuesday, Renata Zarazua came on court with a 1-0 lead and eventually made it 2-0 with a 16 62 61 victory over Dabin Kim. In the doubles, Zarazua teamed with Ana Luisa Perez Lopez to take the match from Ahn and Kim 76(3) 63.

In a remarkable turn-around from Tuesday’s losing start, the New Zealand team, playing with only two players because teammate Annabel Ellis had an emergency appendectomy after arriving in San Luis Potosi, procured a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Wednesday. Ella Hassall defeated Natalia de Ugarte 64 64, Rosie Chen defeated Daniela Ruiz 62 61, and Chen and Hassall upended de Ugarte and Ruiz 26 75 63 in the doubles.

The top-seeded Russians have won both of their ties played this week, beating the fifth-seeded Czech Republic on Wednesday 2-1. The No. 5 ranked Darya Kasatkina lsuffered a shock defeat on Tuesday when Korean Dabin Kim  got the better of her 63 64. Kasatkina, considered one of the top players in San Luis Potosi this week, pulled her game together on Wednesday to beat Simona Heinova 62 62. Prior to taking the court, Kasatkina’s teammate Veronika Kudermetova scored a 62 75 win over Miriam Kolodziejova. Nevertheless, the Russians couldn’t keep their momentum going in the doubles with Kasatkina and Aleksandra Pospelova falling to Heinova and Petra Melounova in a tight 75 76(5) encounter.

The only upset of the day came when the unseeded Slovenian’s took a 2-1 advantage over sixth-seeded France. Margot Yerolymos opened the tie with a 63 61 win over Tamara Zidansek, but the French team lost the other two matches with Nina Potocnik beating Fiona Ferro 46 75 62, and Potocnik and Zidansek winning the doubles 64 46 61 over Appolline Rassat and Yerolymos.

In other Junior Fed Cup action on Wednesday, the second-seeded Australians experience proved impenetrable to the Namibians, who surrendered all three matches of the tie. And eighth-seeded Brazil defeated the Slovak Republic 2-1.

Here’s the lineup for Thursday’s final day of Junior Fed Cup round-robin action:

Group A
Russia [1] v Mexico
Czech Republic [5] v Korea, Rep.

Group B
Hungary [4] v Bolivia
Egypt [7] v New Zealand

Group C
USA [3] v France [6]
Slovenia v Colombia

Group D
Australia [2] v Brazil [8]
Slovak Republic v Namibia