Here’s a handy guide to the other seven first-round ties around the tennis planet last weekend.
Canada’s Frank Dancevic retired with a left abdominal strain, down 6-2, 1-0 to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the fourth singles rubber of the first-round Davis Cup tie between the two countries in Tokyo Sunday.
It wasn’t a new injury, but it added insult to injury as the decimated Canadian team now faces a relegation tie to remain in the World Group.
Sportsnet’s Arash Madani reports that Vasek Pospisil and members of the Canadian Davis Cup team’s support staff went to the Canadian contingent on hand to support them in Tokyo and handed out glasses of champagne after the tough loss.
A nice touch; unfortunately, it wasn’t celebratory champagne.
No doubt the Paris organizers (which include former player Amélie Mauresmo) would have preferred a Maria Sharapova vs. Alizé Cornet final.
But after two terrific, dramatic semifinals Saturday, they got Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Sara Errani. At least they’ve got a Frenchwoman in the doubles final, Kristina Mladenovic, after she and partner Timea Babos got a walkover over the Italian pair of Errani (player) and Vinci (on-court coach) after Errani’s three-hour semi last night.
The men are back to the regular ATP beat after a Davis Cup week.
Here’s what’s happening
It was hard to see Sharapova losing the Paris tournament now, but obviously anything can happen – and did, as Pavlyuchenkova continued her great run this week . Meanwhile, the comebacking Vera Zvonareva has at least won a few matches, making the semis of the Pattaya doubles.
The favorites on paper, the pickup team of Daniel Nestor and Frank Dancevic were upstaged, and upset, by the underdog Japanese in the key doubles rubber Saturday in Tokyo.
Kei Nishikori, a last-minute but not surprising addition, and 21-year-old partner Yasutaka Uchiyama beat the Canadians 6-3, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 to give Japan a 2-1 lead in the World Group first-round tie.
A quick look in at all the first-round Davis Cup ties going on in every corner of the planet Friday – from an indoor arena in Kazakhstan to a gorgeous clay court in Argentina, via an indoor clay court in Novi Sad, Serbia and rolling through Ostrava, Frankfurt, San Diego and a little town in France.
Alizé Cornet of the host country pulled off another three-hour marathon in her win over Andrea Petkovic.
A quick recap, with screen grabs from the first day of the Canada vs. Japan Davis Cup tie in Tokyo.
In case you chose not to stay up all night, which would have been the sane thing to do.
Canada and Japan are tied 1-1 after the first two singles rubbers in their first-round Davis Cup tie in Japan Friday.
Here’s Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau on the upcoming tie against Serbia – talking about the absence of Serbia’s big stars, Genie Bouchard’s value to the team, and how Stéphanie Dubois took the news of her being left off the squad.