Debutant Sramkova Slovak Hero as Fed Cup Team Beats Italy in Forli

The Slovak Fed Cup team posing with Slovakia's flag after beating Italy 3-2 in Forli. From right to left: captain Matej Liptak, Jana Cepelova, Rebecca Sramkova, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Daniela Hantuchova. (Photo by TASR)

Forli, February 12 (TASR) – Slovak Fed Cup debutant Rebecca Sramkova, 20, was the team’s main ace in the World Group II tie in Forli, Italy beating both the home-side top player Sara Errani on Saturday and also securing a decisive win against veteran Francesca Schiavone on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Slovakia’s most successful Fed Cup player ever Daniela Hantuchova, 33, swept Errani 6-2, 6-0, putting Slovakia 2-1 up. Sramkova then took the opportunity to secure the decisive point by thrashing Schiavone 6-2, 6-4.

In the final doubles, Sramkova and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova retired versus Jasmine Paolini and Martina Trevisan after 39 minutes at 2-5 down in the first set, with Sramkova complaining about hip joint pain.