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Andrea Petkovic levels for Germany against Australia

AP, STUTTGART, Germany

The Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens hits a return during her match against Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, on Saturday.

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Andrea Petkovic defeated Samantha Stosur 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 to put Germany level at 1-1 against Australia in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group on Saturday.

With no third-set tiebreaker in the Fed Cup, Petkovic needed 3 hours, 16 minutes to prevail against the Australian No. 1 and tie the score following Angelique Kerber’s earlier loss to Jarmila Gajdosova.

Kerber lost her rhythm after winning the opening set and Gajdosova, ranked 44 places below, rallied to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour, 49 minutes.

Kerber was to play Stosur with Petkovic facing Gajdosova yesterday. A doubles match between Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki against Casey Dellacqua and Stosur would settle the tie if still level after the reverse singles.

ARGENTINA, US

AP, BUENOS AIRES

The Williams sisters gave the US a 2-0 lead over Argentina in their Fed Cup World Group II tie on Saturday.

Venus defeated Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-2, in the first match, and Serena, the newly crowned Australian Open champion, won over Maria Irigoyen 7-5, 6-0.

Serena was to play in the first reverse singles against Ormaechea yesterday, with a win clinching the tie.

ITALY, FRANCE

AP, GENOA, Italy

Italy eased to a commanding 2-0 lead over France after the first day of their Fed Cup tie, as Camila Giorgi and Sara Errani both won in straight sets on Saturday.

Giorgi had to save two break points in her opening set before going on to beat France No. 1 Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 in the second rubber to put Italy firmly in charge.

The Italian broke twice as she dominated the second set.

Errani earlier ended Caroline Garcia’s undefeated record in the competition, winning 7-6 (7/2), 7-5.

Garcia had also beaten Errani in their two previous meetings, but it was third time lucky for the Italian in a tight match, which saw eight breaks of serve in the first set and five in the second.

POLAND, RUSSIA

AP, KRAKOW, Poland

Russia took a 2-0 lead over Poland in the first round of the Fed Cup on Saturday after Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova took turns beating the Radwanska sisters.

Kuznetsova started by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 and Sharapova followed up with an easy 6-0, 6-3 win over younger sister Urszula Radwanska.

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