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Gallery: Fed Cup First Round Fireworks

Australia and Germany had smooth paths to the World Group semifinals, but the Czech Republic-Spain tie had plenty of drama.

Published February 10, 2014 12:10

Australian team members took a selfie the day before the start of their first round tie versus Russia.
Australian team members took a selfie the day before the start of their first round tie versus Russia.
The tie was held on outdoor hardcourts at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart.
The tie was held on outdoor hardcourts at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart.
Samantha Stosur surrendered just nine games in her two singles matches for Australia.
Samantha Stosur surrendered just nine games in her two singles matches for Australia.
Stosur clinched the tie on Sunday for Australia, which snapped a three-match skid versus Russia.
Stosur clinched the tie on Sunday for Australia, which snapped a three-match skid versus Russia.
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua secured a doubles win for Australia, which plays Germany next.
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua secured a doubles win for Australia, which plays Germany next.
Fresh off her run to the Australian Open final, Dominika Cibulkova led Slovakia against Germany.
Fresh off her run to the Australian Open final, Dominika Cibulkova led Slovakia against Germany.
Andrea Petkovic got the Germans off to a good start in Bratislava, upsetting Cibulkova.
Andrea Petkovic got the Germans off to a good start in Bratislava, upsetting Cibulkova.
Angelique Kerber and German captain Barbara Rittner during Kerber's defeat of Daniela Hantuchova.
Angelique Kerber and German captain Barbara Rittner during Kerber's defeat of Daniela Hantuchova.
Kerber rejoiced after her victory over Cibulkova on Sunday clinched the tie for Germany.
Kerber rejoiced after her victory over Cibulkova on Sunday clinched the tie for Germany.
The Germans celebrated going beyond the World Group's first round for the first time since 2003.
The Germans celebrated going beyond the World Group's first round for the first time since 2003.
Carla Suárez Navarro displayed her picturescque backhand for Spain against the Czech Republic.
Carla Suárez Navarro displayed her picturescque backhand for Spain against the Czech Republic.
Suárez Navarro gave Spain an early lead with a triumph over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Suárez Navarro gave Spain an early lead with a triumph over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Rain was a factor throughout the weekend at the Centro de Tenis Blas Infante in Seville.
Rain was a factor throughout the weekend at the Centro de Tenis Blas Infante in Seville.
Weather delayed the completion of Klara Zakopalova's win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor until Monday.
Weather delayed the completion of Klara Zakopalova's win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor until Monday.
Zakopalova celebrated knotting the Czech Republic-Spain tie at 1-1.
Zakopalova celebrated knotting the Czech Republic-Spain tie at 1-1.
Zakopalova had to take the court a second time on Monday, this time falling to Suárez Navarro.
Zakopalova had to take the court a second time on Monday, this time falling to Suárez Navarro.
Lucie Safarova defeated Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, meaning the tie would come down to doubles.
Lucie Safarova defeated Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, meaning the tie would come down to doubles.
Andrea Hlavackova and Zahlavova Strycova's win for the Czechs set up a semifinal date with Italy.
Andrea Hlavackova and Zahlavova Strycova's win for the Czechs set up a semifinal date with Italy.
There were also World Group II matches held over the weekend, with France topping Switzerland in one.
There were also World Group II matches held over the weekend, with France topping Switzerland in one.
Argentina got the best of Japan, 3-1, in another World Group II clash.
Argentina got the best of Japan, 3-1, in another World Group II clash.
  • Australian team members took a selfie the day before the start of their first round tie versus Russia.
  • The tie was held on outdoor hardcourts at the Domain Tennis Centre in Hobart.
  • Samantha Stosur surrendered just nine games in her two singles matches for Australia.
  • Stosur clinched the tie on Sunday for Australia, which snapped a three-match skid versus Russia.
  • Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua secured a doubles win for Australia, which plays Germany next.
  • Fresh off her run to the Australian Open final, Dominika Cibulkova led Slovakia against Germany.
  • Andrea Petkovic got the Germans off to a good start in Bratislava, upsetting Cibulkova.
  • Angelique Kerber and German captain Barbara Rittner during Kerber's defeat of Daniela Hantuchova.
  • Kerber rejoiced after her victory over Cibulkova on Sunday clinched the tie for Germany.
  • The Germans celebrated going beyond the World Group's first round for the first time since 2003.
  • Carla Suárez Navarro displayed her picturescque backhand for Spain against the Czech Republic.
  • Suárez Navarro gave Spain an early lead with a triumph over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
  • Rain was a factor throughout the weekend at the Centro de Tenis Blas Infante in Seville.
  • Weather delayed the completion of Klara Zakopalova's win over María-Teresa Torró-Flor until Monday.
  • Zakopalova celebrated knotting the Czech Republic-Spain tie at 1-1.
  • Zakopalova had to take the court a second time on Monday, this time falling to Suárez Navarro.
  • Lucie Safarova defeated Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, meaning the tie would come down to doubles.
  • Andrea Hlavackova and Zahlavova Strycova's win for the Czechs set up a semifinal date with Italy.
  • There were also World Group II matches held over the weekend, with France topping Switzerland in one.
  • Argentina got the best of Japan, 3-1, in another World Group II clash.
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