Budapest, Hungary, WTA International, 250 000 USD, Hungarian Ladies Open, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Natalia VIKHLYANTSEVA (RUS) ?-?; Bergamo, Italy, ATP Challenger, Internazionali di Tennis, €46,600 + H, hard, indoor: 1R, Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) - Matteo VIOLA (ITA) 6-4 6-4, 2R: Jay CLARKE (GBR) ?-?; Aktobe, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Aktobe ITF International Tournament, 25 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - Denis KLOK (RUS) 6-4 6-0, 2R: ?-?; Marseille, France, ATP 250, Open 13 Provence, €744,010, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/ Denys MOLCHANOV (UKR) - GRANOLLERS (ESP)/PAIRE (FRA) 6-4 7-6(5), QF: ?-?; Dubai, United Arab Emirates, WTA Premier 5, 2 828 000 USD,  Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, hard, outdoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Magdalena FRECH (POL) 6-3 3-6 6-4, 2R: Sofia KENIN (USA) 3-6 6-2 4-6.

Budapest, Hungary, WTA International, 250 000 USD, Hungarian Ladies Open, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Natalia VIKHLYANTSEVA (RUS) ?-?; Bergamo, Italy, ATP Challenger, Internazionali di Tennis, €46,600 + H, hard, indoor: 1R, Uladzimir IGNATIK (BLR) - Matteo VIOLA (ITA) 6-4 6-4, 2R: Jay CLARKE (GBR) ?-?; Aktobe, Kazakhstan, ITF World Tennis Tour, Aktobe ITF International Tournament, 25 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - Denis KLOK (RUS) 6-4 6-0, 2R: ?-?; Marseille, France, ATP 250, Open 13 Provence, €744,010, hard, indoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/ Denys MOLCHANOV (UKR) - GRANOLLERS (ESP)/PAIRE (FRA) 6-4 7-6(5), QF: ?-?; Dubai, United Arab Emirates, WTA Premier 5, 2 828 000 USD,  Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, hard, outdoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Magdalena FRECH (POL) 6-3 3-6 6-4, 2R: Sofia KENIN (USA) 3-6 6-2 4-6.

World group heart award nominees announced, including Rebecca Sramkova

Rebecca Sramkova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava, Karolina Pliskova, Timea Bacsinszky and Aryna Sabalenka have been nominated for the Fed Cup Heart Award representing the World Group first round.

Slovakia’s Rebecca Sramkova had a breakthrough year in 2016 which saw her rise in the rankings from No. 312 to No. 119. With Slovakia missing its No. 1, Dominika Cibulkova, for the World Group II first round tie against Italy, Rebecca Sramkova was drafted in to the team, making her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas debut.

Playing in the No. 2 role, Sramkova watched her teammate Anna Karolina Schmiedlova lose in the opening rubber of the tie against Francesca Schiavone. The 20-year-old lined up against former world No. 5 Sara Errani, and her nerves showed in the opening set as she lost it 62. She rallied to win the second set 63 and had all the momentum going into a crucial third set. It was a battle, but the young Slovak eventually prevailed, sealing a 26 63 64 win to draw her nation level.

Daniela Hantuchova rolled back the years to record a 62 60 win over Errani and set the stage for Rebecca Sramkova to be Slovakia’s hero when she faced off against Francesca Schiavone. Sramkova was supremely confident after her opening-day victory, and stormed past the 2010 Roland Garros champion, earning a 62 64 win and sealing Slovakia’s place in the World Group play-offs. Not a bad debut.

Source: http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/256343.aspx

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