Fed Cup 2017 semi-finals (22-23 April 2017) will see the following challenges: Czech Republic vs. USA and Belarus vs. Switzerland. The first will be played in Tampa, United States (clay, outdoor), the second in Minsk, Belarus (hard, indoor).
Considering the four teams on the court, there are some considerations to be made and elements to consider. Czech Republic vs. USA Statistically, they are the two nations with the best Fed Cup trophy collection: USA has won the title 17 times (in 28 finals played), Czech Republic 10 times (in 11 finals).
Czech tennis players, since 2010, have been triumphant in Fed Cup for five editions, the last three consecutive. They are first in the ranking and, in the previous rounds, they had experienced tennis players like Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.
Now,, in this challenge there are Kateřina Siniaková, Markéta Vondroušová, Denisa Allertová and Kristýna Plíšková. For the Americans, Coco Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers, Lauren Davis and Bethanie Mattek-Sands will play.
Americans play at home, and they have a heterogeneous and young team, with ambitions of victories. It was essentially one of the most interesting challenge of the 2017 edition, and USA team has some extra chance of reaching the final.
Belarus vs. Switzerland Belarus was the surprise of the year in the Fed Cup. In the quarter-finals, Belarussian tennis players surprisingly eliminated the Netherlands. Against Switzerland, however, it will be another match.
The Swiss team, with Timea Bacsinszky, Martina Hingis, Viktorija Golubic and Belinda Bencic, will be able to count on more experience, more technical-tactical baggage, and a great personal talent. Switzerland is the clear favorite for the final, while Belarus will have to take advantage of the home-base and the enthusiasm of its tennis players.
Much will also depend on the form of tennis players on the court. Belinda Bencic is going through a bad time, but Hingis and Bacsinszky, in the Fed Cup, are playing very well. Will it be enough to reach the final? ALSO READ: Novak Djokovic is hovering between a comeback and a poor clay swing