Hong Kong F: (1) Sabine Lisicki d. (3) Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3
Quebec City F: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni d. (1) Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3
Tashkent F: (3) Karin Knapp d. (1) Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-6
Davis Cup SF: France d. Czech Republic 4-1
Davis Cup SF: Switzerland d. Italy 3-2
Davis Cup WGP: Brazil d. Spain 3-1
Davis Cup WGP: Argentina d. Israel 3-2
Davis Cup WGP: Canada d. Colombia 3-2
Davis Cup WGP: USA d. Slovakia 5-0
Davis Cup WGP: Australia d. Uzbekistan 5-0
Davis Cup WGP: Croatia d. Netherlands 3-2
Davis Gup WGP: Belgium d. Ukraine 3-2
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Did you miss any of the action over Davis Cup weekend? The live blogs are the perfect place to get caught up.
In the most shocking result, Brazil sent Spain out of the World Group as Thomaz Bellucci had the weekend of his career, defeating Pablo Andujar 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Friday and Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in a live fifth rubber.
From the Davis Cup website:
It was a spectacular performance from world No. 83 Bellucci in front of a raucous local support in his home city of Sao Paulo. The Brazilian had only gone past the second round once in his last 10 tournaments but ripped up the form book with victory against higher-ranked Bautista Agut, the world No. 15.
Bellucci, 26, said: “I think it is my greatest win. For me it was a big challenge to play at home against Spain. I played my best tennis today to get this point which was very important for the team.
“During the match I think Bautista Agut wasn’t feeling so well. He was missing a lot. I think he was feeling the pressure of playing against a big Brazilian crowd. I think I managed it a little bit better than him and that was the key in the match.”
Also, Roger Federer led Switzerland to the Davis Cup final with a win over Fabio Fognini on Sunday, thanks mainly to shots like this:
A France/Switzerland Davis Cup final in France? Yes, please.
This is a fantastic piece on Grantland by Tom Perrotta on last year’s bizarre Pakistan/New Zealand Davis Cup tie, which ended in default due to court conditions.
And yet another great Grantland piece, Darren Sands on Francis Tiafoe.
If you still can’t stop thinking about the U.S. Open, Andrew and I talked all about it.
In a battle of the best stories in sports, tip a hat to Lucic-Baroni for winning her first WTA title since before CiCi Bellis was born. Just incredible.
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Weekend update, Monfils edition https://t.co/0zMfF5wAfA
— Louisa Thomas (@louisahthomas) September 15, 2014
Hours after beating Venus to win singles, Lucic-Baroni wins dubs in Quebec w/ Hradecka. 2nd player this year to sweep. (Garcia, Bogota) #wta
— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) September 14, 2014
I just haven't met you yet!!
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 13, 2014