‘SERIOUS MISCONDUCT’:Romanian Ilie Nastase was first banished to the stands and then expelled from a Fed Cup venue as the ITF hinted at further punishment
Date: Apr 24, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Taiwan were on the brink of relegation in their Fed Cup World Group II playoff against
Italy on Saturday, as the visitors lost both opening singles rubbers to fall to a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five match at the Circolo Tennis in Barletta, Italy.
In a marathon first singles rubber that lasted five minutes short of three hours, Italian world No. 221 Martina Trevisan rallied from a set down to defeat world No. 298 Lee Ya-hsuan 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.
Both players converted 11 of 18 break points, but the Italian managed to conjure up 33 winners to Lee’s 16 to edge a tight opening battle.
“I have never played in a match with so many breaks of serve — that was a first time,” Lee told the Fed Cup Web site. “The wind wasn’t really much of a problem and I made too many errors, but my fitness was okay. I wasn’t having any problems, even though it was a long match.” [FULL STORY]