Fed Cup: Germany and Serbia Tied 1-1 After Day One

STUTTGART (April 20, 2013) — After day one in the Fed Cup World Group play-off in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena,  Germany and Serbia are all-square at 1-1. Serbian Ana Ivanovic won the opening match against Mona Barthel 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2, but in the day’s second rubber, Angelique Kerber leveled Germany’s chances by defeating Bojana Jovanovski 7-5, 6-2.

On her Fed Cup debut, Barthel battled valiantly in the first set, but it eventually went to Ivanovic in a tiebreak. After evening the match at one set a piece and 2-all in the third set, Barthel then lost her way and everything went downhill very quickly. The Serb won four games in succession to put last year’s Fed Cup finalists up 1-0.

“I can’t remember ever being as nervous as I was today,” said Barthel when explaining why she buckled in the third set. “But, playing for Germany for the first time is something very special.”

Kerber then had her work cut out against a player who has had a very good start to 2013, Serb Jovanovski. The 25-year-old German No. 1 broke her opponent’s serve to go 3-2 up but was pegged back when serving for the set at 5-4.

“I was a touch nervous as I had to go on court with us 1-0 down and I naturally wanted to give my all for the team,” said the world No. 6. And it’s exactly what she proceeded to do. With nerves of steel, she once again broke the Serb before closing out the set 7-5. Afterwards she cruised through the second set 6-2 to even the results at the end of the day.

“1-1 after day one is a good result,” said team captain Barbara Rittner. “Now we’ll give it everything in our efforts to achieve our goal of securing (the win).”