Serbs overcome Belgians to reach Fed Cup SFs|
Charleroi, Belgium (Sports Network) - Serbia got a tie-clinching doubles win
from Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic on Sunday in order to reach the
2012 Fed Cup semifinals. The Serbs won their best-of-five quarterfinal against
host Belgium, 3-2.
Serbia and Belgium were knotted at a point apiece heading into Day 2 before
Yanina Wickmayer gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a 6-1, 6-0 pasting of Krunic
in Sunday's opening reverse singles rubber. Krunic played in place of former
world No. 1 and former U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic, a singles winner
here on Saturday who was unable to play Sunday because of a left thigh injury.
But the Serbs were able to level the tie at 2-2 when Jovanovski drilled
Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting the stage for a deciding doubles affair at
The 20-year-old Jovanovski and 18-year-old Krunic held off a Belgian duo of
Wickmayer and Alison Van Uytvanck, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1, as Jovanovski filled
in for Jankovic and Wickmayer replaced Tamaryn Hendler for the hosts' pairing.
Wickmayer went 2-0 in her singles matches this week.
Serbia is now 1-2 all-time versus Belgium.
The Serbs are seeking a first-ever Fed Cup title, while Belgium claimed its
lone championship back in 2001.
Serbia will visit 2011 Fed Cup runner-up Russia for a semifinal in April.
02/05 17:17:48 ET