Ditty comes up clutch for U.S. in Fed Cup

Ditty and Liezel Huber won their doubles match, advancing the US to the semifinals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Vanderbilt women's tennis standout, Julie Ditty teamed with Liezel Huber in doubles to defeat Argentina's pair of Betina Jozami and Gisela Dulko 6-2, 6-3 to give the United States a 3-2 win over Argentina, advancing to the Fed Cup semi-finals.

The Fed Cup semifinals will be played April 25-26 in the Czech Republic. The United States has won 17 Fed Cup titles but has gone empty-handed since 2000.

Ditty was selected to the Fed Cup team by U.S. team captain Mary Joe Fernandez, who called her with an invitation after Bethanie Mattek withdrew last week due to a lingering hip injury.

The 30-year-old southpaw has already won three doubles titles this season along with one singles title. In her seven-year professional career, the former Commodore has captured 25 doubles titles on the ITF women's circuit and is currently ranked No. 87 in doubles in the latest WTA Tour Rankings.

While at Vanderbilt, Ditty was a three-time ITA All-American while leading the Commodores to the NCAA Championship Finals against Stanford in 2001. The Ashland, Ky., native's 114 singles wins at VU ranks second in school history.

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