27 Sep 2013

Brazil, Czech Republic and France Prevail in Play-offs

Match Report

By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Susan MullaneApolline Rassat and Margot Yerolymos (FRA)

It was all about play-off ties at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas on Friday. There were three held today and Mexico and New Zealand will play their play-off tie for 5-8th position on Saturday.

In the other play-off tie for positions 5-8 in the draw, eighth-seeded Brazil defeated Slovenia 2-1.

The day started off very well for Slovenia as Tamara Zidansek took a 63 76(2) decision over Luisa Stefani. In both sets, Stefani had the initial lead -- she was ahead 3-0 in the first set and 3-1 in the second set. In the first set, however, Stefani never won another game. And in the second set, Zidansek rebounded to force the tiebreak.

In the second match, play stayed even until 2-2 between Slovenia’s Manca Pislak and Brazil’s Leticia Vidal. But Vidal pulled away to win the next four games, surrendering only two of the 16 points played, to secure the set. Vidal raced to a 4-0 lead before losing the next two games, but closed out the 50-minute match by winning the final two games.

That took the tie to the decisive doubles point, which Vidal and Julia Gomide won 63 64 over Pislak and Nina Potocnik.

There were two playoff ties for 9-12th position held on Friday as well.

The fifth-seeded Czech Republic scored a 3-0 win over the seventh-seeded Egypt.

Miriam Kolodziejova’s win over Egypt’s Habiba Lasheen was a fairly straight-forward 60 76(3) win.

It was the second match that could’ve taken the tie to a decisive doubles match. Sandra Samir won the first set for Egypt 6-3 over Petra Melounova, and was serving for the match at 5-4 with a service break in the second set. Although Samir gave back the break in the 10th game, she was again serving for the match at 6-5 after Melounova lost her serve in the 11th game. For the second time, Samir failed to serve out the match and then only won two points in the tiebreak. The third set went to a tiebreak in which Samir couldn’t hold onto a 5-2 lead, allowing Melounova to win the match 36 76(2) 76(5).

Although the tie was already decided in favor of the Czechs, the two countries elected to play the doubles which was won by Simona Heinova and Kolodziejova 75 60 over Lasheen and Hana Mortagy.

The sixth-seeded France took a 2-1 win over the Slovak Republic in the play-off for 9-12 position.

Tereza Mihalikova of the Slovak Republic game her team a 1-0 lead with a 63 63 win over Apolline Rassat of France. The French rebounded when Margot Yerolymos took out the Slovak No. 1 Kristina Scmiedlova 16 63 61 to send the tie into the doubles for the outcome. In the doubles it was another nail-biter, but France’s Rassat and Yerolymos came through with a 36 75 64 win over Mihalikova and Schmiedlova.

Saturday’s Fed Cup tie lineup is as follows.

Korea, Rep. v Bolivia
Mexico v New Zealand
USA [3] v Australia [2]
Russia [1] v Hungary [4]
Colombia v Namibia