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AMELIE MAU­RESMO stepped down yes­ter­day as French Fed Cup cap­tain say­ing that she was preg­nant, a day af­ter the team lost in the fi­nal to the Czech Repub­lic. The for­mer world No. 1 took over as team cap­tain in 2012, lead­ing France to pro­mo­tion from the Fed Cup sec­ond di­vi­sion dur­ing her term. “I am ex­pect­ing my sec­ond child in April and with the Fed Cup pro­gramme in­clud­ing matches in Fe­bru­ary and April, it would be im­pos­si­ble,” said the for­mer Wim­ble­don and Aus­tralian Open cham­pion. Mau­resmo, 37, said she had kept the news se­cret from the team which fell 3-2 to de­feat to the Czechs in Stras­bourg on Sun­day. “It was a bit of a shock at first, they weren’t ex­pect­ing it,” said Mau­resmo.

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