Why did Konta start crying and saying she felt threatened at 3-1? I’ve been called much worse all over the world … Just because she is crying the match is stopped? That is not fair to me.
When she comes back on court she says: ‘I’m sorry’, so she knew she exaggerated. You don’t do this, you stay and play. We treated you guys [the British team] so nice. I don’t feel it’s right that you put all this on us because we’re a lower country than England [Britain].
On the other side of the world USA took on the Czech team at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Florida. The green clay/outdoor event featured rather pricey tickets $35-80 dollars thus the far less the capacity crowd. The Americans have home court advantage and higher ranked players who are having a decent season. The favored team is led by new captain Kathy rinaldi-Stunkel.
Day 1 Scoreboard
Rubber 3- Reverse Singles
Vandeweghe took the court against Siniakova confidently. Siniakova opened with good second serves to hold her serve, unlike yesterday when it was MIA. Vandeweghe punished her opponent with pace in the first point. She also varied her lethal serve to easily hold. With their first games complete, they settled into the match. At 2-2 Vandeweghe held her serves easily, keeping her opponent at love, while also making an impression on Siniakova’s games until the fifth game when Siniakova held her at love. In the sixth game Siniakova finally made an impression on Vandeweghe’s game but eventually loses it after two deuces. She is have to put forth a lot of effort to handle Vandeweghe’s heavy balls from far behind the base line. At 3-4, Vandeweghe delivered some great serves and short points for another solid hold. By the eight game, Siniakova was showing some fatigue and stress with three double faults. The tenth game finds Vandeweghe serving for the set. She double faults and over hits another ball but cinched the set 6-4 with a beautiful wide serve and a down the line winner.
Toward the end of the first set, Siniakova looked like she tweaked something (maybe her left hip/quad), but she moved fine in the last game, so hopefully all is well. Down 0-3, she moved well but simply is outclassed by her opponent’s serve, forehand, backhand, touch… Vandeweghe kept her focus even when she sprayed the ball or simply overhit it. This must be easier if you know your opponent doesn’t have the weapons to hurt you and her game plan isn’t working. The fifth game finds Siniakova off the scoreboard in danger of the dreaded bagel and she double faults the game away. Vandewehe secures USA lead 2-1.
Rubber 4= Second Reverse Singles
A fresh Davis takes on seventeen year old Vondrousova. She is the underdog though she is ranked eighty-one spots higher at #36. Vondrousova has the advantage of height, leftiness and the surface. The opening game was quite a see-saw until Vondrousova broke Davis. But wait, Davis attempts to break back and succeeds on her second break point. In the fifth game Davis had three double faults, losing her serve on an unforced backhand error. With 23 unforced errors and five double faults, Davis could not find her way to the net where she had more success. Down 2-4, she saved a couple break points but her opponent wrong footed her to secure a third break point and ultimately the game. Serving for the set, Vondrousova survived two break points to take the first set 6-2.
In the second set Vondrousova continued to push Davis back, drawing errors and outlasted her in rallies to take the second set 7-5.
Rubber 5- Doubles
So the doubles determines the winner. Mattek-Sands paired with Vandeweghe against Pliskova/Siniakova. Mattek-Sands/Vandeweghe have a definite advantage. they recently won Indian Wells. Vandeweghe’s power strokes and Sands’ touch is a winning combination, similar to Mirza/Hingis.
Pliskova and Siniakova were no match for the experienced American team who delivered a sound victory 6-2, 6-3.
Day 2 Scoreboard (Final)
In their first appearance in the semifinals since 2010, USA weathered the young Czech team to secure their place in the finals. They will face Belarus November 11-12 in Belarus; the surface has not yet been determined. Without the title since 2000, USA’s odds are good but Victoria Azarenka will be back on tour and likely joining the Belarus team.