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Knapp tops Riske to help Italy beat U.S. in Fed Cup

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The Canadian Press
2/9/2014 5:30:32 PM
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CLEVELAND -- Karin Knapp won her second match of the weekend to give Italy a 3-1 win over the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group on Sunday.

Knapp defeated American Alison Riske 6-3, 7-5 to secure Italy's victory in the best-of-five series.

She held a 5-2 lead in the second set, only to let Riske tie it at five. But Knapp regained the momentum and closed out the match.

"I got a little bit nervous, I got a little bit of emotion," Knapp said. "But I tried to continue my game, to hit the ball hard, to command the game."

Knapp also defeated Christina McHale on Saturday, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Camila Giorgi defeated Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday's second match.

Karin Knapp (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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