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Paraguay hosting 2010 Fed Cup, Americas Zone

For the first time in history. Thanks to the great achievements of Rossana de los Rios, and the new risers Veronica Cepede Royg and Isaura Enrique Aguilar, who, last year, made the final round in Montreal before falling to Canada. Isabella Robbiani will probably play for Paraguay this time too. I guess Rossana's husband will be the coach again...he did a great job last time

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La Fed Cup 2010 será en el Yacht


Por primera vez en la historia, Paraguay será sede de una competencia continental máxima del tenis femenino profesional a nivel de naciones en el mundo: la Fed Cup (Copa Federación).

El certamen se jugará desde el 1 al 7 de febrero en el Yacht. Así oficialmente lo confirmó la Federación Internacional (ITF).

En su tercera intentona, la Asociación Paraguaya de Tenis obtiene el nombramiento y consiguió el objetivo pese a competir con un país sumamente importante como Brasil, que hace poco obtuvo la más resonante conquista en materia de albergue de competencias del máximo nivel, al ganar la elección para los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 que se realizarán en Río de Janeiro.

En los últimos doce años, Brasil había albergado nada menos que cuatro ediciones de la Fed Cup en otras tantas ciudades y de su capital y tres diferentes estados (ver info).

Paraguay no sólo aseguró su permanencia en el Grupo 1 en la disputa de la edición 2009 en el Uniprix de Montreal, sino que llegó hasta la final intentando el acceso al quali mundial, pero cayó derrotado 0-3 ante el dueño de casa.

Para llegar a este logro, se tuvo que llenar un exigente cuaderno de cargos ofreciendo las ventajas de la estructura del Yacht, el brillante historial como anfitrión que el tenis nacional supo alcanzar en otras competiciones y la calidad de instalaciones, albergue y comida para los participantes.

El presidente de la APT, Camilo Pérez, al brindar la confirmación de la grata nueva a ULTIMA HORA, valoró el hecho como "histórico, pues figura como uno de los mayores acontecimientos del tenis internacional, que albergará el país, que era lo único que le faltaba después de disfrutar de eventos de máxima categoría desde la Copa Davis hasta mundiales y sudamericanos juveniles".

Sólo una vez, cuando en el Yacht se jugó un quali mundial en 1995, se disputó en el país un tie de Fed Cup, que perdimos ante Eslovaquia 0-5. Pero una justa round robin con seis naciones participantes, por la máxima categoría de ascenso, jamás se dio hasta ahora.

LA FEDERACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE TENIS CONFIRMÓ SEDE PARAGUAYA.

JUGARÁ ROSSANA

La APT iniciará la preparación de su escuadra, ofreciendo la participación a Rossana de los Ríos, la máxima profesional guaraní, eje del equipo que este año llegó a la final con ella, Vero Cepede e Isaura Enrique. En el 2010 rivalizará con Canadá, Brasil, Colombia, Chile y Cuba.



Dates: February 1-7, 2010
Venue: Yacht y Golf Club Paraguayo, Asunción
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)
Teams: Paraguay, Canadá, Brasil, Colombia, Chile y Cuba

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Amazing location! I want to go so bad!

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Wow, what a beautiful club . I only wish the article was in english This will be a very proud day for Paraguan tennis .
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http://www.fedcup.com/results/am1.asp

Nominations

Brazil: Maria Fernanda Alves, Ana Clara Duarte, Roxanna Vaisemberg, Nathalia Rossi, Carlos Alves (captain)
Bolivia: Maria Fernanda Alvarez, Maria Paula Deheza, Maria Ines Deheza, Daniela Trigo, Alvaro Garron (captain)
Canada: Aleksandra Wozniak, Stephanie Dubois, Sharon Fichman, Marie-Eve Pelletier, Rene Collins (captain)
Chile: Andrea Koch Benvenuto, Cecilia Costa Melgar, Daniela Seguel Carvajal, Camila Silva Espinoza, Carlos Marchant Maruri (captain)
Colombia: Mariana Duque, Catalina Castaño, Paula Zabala, Yuliana Lizarazo, Alejandro Martinez (captain)
Cuba: Yamile Fors-Guerra, Misleidis Diaz Gonzalez, Lumay Diaz Hernandez, Jose Ariel de la Cruz (captain)
Paraguay: Rossana De Los Rios, Veronica Cepede Royg, Isabella Robbiani, Isaura Enrique, Alfredo De Brix (captain)
Puerto Rico: Jessica Roland-Rosario, Monica Puig, Rocio Portela, Gabriela Vazquez, Juan Carlos Escudero (captain)

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Strongest teams: 1) Canada 2) Colombia 3) Brazil 4) Paraguay 5) Bolivia 6) Chile 7) Puerto Rico 8) Cuba

It's very difficult to not see Canada winning again, even on clay. It would be nice (should they win) if they could win their play-off and give a Latin nation a chance

Rossana really needs to step it up because she's beaten Wozniak and Dubois a few times before, and also Fichman.
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Strongest teams: 1) Canada 2) Colombia 3) Brazil 4) Paraguay 5) Bolivia 6) Chile 7) Puerto Rico 8) Cuba

It's very difficult to not see Canada winning again, even on clay. It would be nice (should they win) if they could win their play-off and give a Latin nation a chance

Rossana really needs to step it up because she's beaten Wozniak and Dubois a few times before, and also Fichman.
I think that Canada is the strongest team, but then I don't agree in all what you say. Paraguay is the host team, has Rosana De los Ríos and Verónica Cepede and Isabella Robbiani can be very usefull. Then, I agree that Colombia can also do it, because they have Castaño (lot of experience) and the other players don't have so much experience. But be careful with Yuliana Lizarazo. Brasil has a very competitive team, and I think that they can go into the final. Ana Clara Duarte plays very well (she only needs a winning hit to be in the Top 100) and Roxane Vaisemberg used to be a very good player.

Chile has Andrea Koch, that is playing her best tennis and has a lot of experience. Then we have Camila Silva, a very good player. I think she can make a surprise. Daniela Seguel and Cecilia Costa are excellent players but they don't have a lot of experience.

Bolivia has a similar situation to Chile's one, but the Deheza sisters have even less experience and Daniela Trigo has been playing very few matches during 2009.

Do not underestimate the Cuban players' level.

Normally, Canada should be in the final and I think that the surface and the climate (very hot, 40ºC is a normal thing and with a lot of humidity) can be a very tough opponent.

So, if I had to do a ranking, it could be:

1. Canada
2. Paraguay
3. Brasil
4. Colombia
5. Chile
6. Bolivia
7. Cuba
8. Puerto Rico

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Yeah, I pretty much agree with you there. I'm just not going to have high expectations for Paraguay because Veronica is still very inexperienced. Isabella Robbiani i'm afraid is not proving to be much. She would be beaten by most players here, regardless of where it's played. Although I do think Veronica Cepede would put up a much, much better fight against Dubois this year.

Yuliana Lizarazo is a strong, rising player and that's why I put Colombia as #2, since Duque and Castano are still capable of top 100 tennis. (Even though both lost last year to De Los Rios, Cepede)

Duarte and Vaisemberg are good players, Roxane can be even better at times but somehow doesn't get the results. Alves is a strong doubles player, Rossana is good too but is quite inexperienced with doubles now (despite having played with Sharapova, Sanchez Vicario, Jankovic, Kuznetsova etc)

Canada of course will be the major favourites, having won it at least the last 2 or 3 times. It would be refreshing to see an upset!

So I think it will definitely come down to these top 4 teams as well. All depends on the group positioning, last year Canada had a cake-walk draw while the other 3 seeds drew each other.
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Brasil has a very competitive team, and I think that they can go into the final. Ana Clara Duarte plays very well (she only needs a winning hit to be in the Top 100) and Roxane Vaisemberg used to be a very good player.


Yeah, exactly what approx. another 300 girls on Tour need...I've seen both Duarte and Vaisemberg play and they are good players. The problem is that there are lots of other players EVEN better. Top 100? People think that getting into the Top 100 is that easy these days

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Yeah, exactly what approx. another 300 girls on Tour need...I've seen both Duarte and Vaisemberg play and they are good players. The problem is that there are lots of other players EVEN better. Top 100? People think that getting into the Top 100 is that easy these days
I don't think that getting into the Top 100 is easy but I think that Ana Clara Duarte can get there if she improves her righthand and specially the speed and "weigth" of his balls. She plays really good.

There are lot of girls that have an interesting level and lot of them could get into the Top 100 if they improve some aspects of their way of playing. The level between the 200º and 10º sometimes is no so big. The better ones play with more strength, manage in a better way the tactics and have a stronger personality. Sometimes the difference is only the dedication or the way in which they take care about themselves. So, sure that Ana Clara Duarte could arrive to the Top 100 if she improves some aspects, or you would tell me is it a lie??

That is not the same as saying that getting into the Top 100 is easy. It is only a commentary and with the experience of following and working in tennis for more than 25 years. So, please, a little respect and don't change the meaning of what we say.

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Yeah, I pretty much agree with you there. I'm just not going to have high expectations for Paraguay because Veronica is still very inexperienced. Isabella Robbiani i'm afraid is not proving to be much. She would be beaten by most players here, regardless of where it's played. Although I do think Veronica Cepede would put up a much, much better fight against Dubois this year.

Yuliana Lizarazo is a strong, rising player and that's why I put Colombia as #2, since Duque and Castano are still capable of top 100 tennis. (Even though both lost last year to De Los Rios, Cepede)

Duarte and Vaisemberg are good players, Roxane can be even better at times but somehow doesn't get the results. Alves is a strong doubles player, Rossana is good too but is quite inexperienced with doubles now (despite having played with Sharapova, Sanchez Vicario, Jankovic, Kuznetsova etc)

Canada of course will be the major favourites, having won it at least the last 2 or 3 times. It would be refreshing to see an upset!

So I think it will definitely come down to these top 4 teams as well. All depends on the group positioning, last year Canada had a cake-walk draw while the other 3 seeds drew each other.
Now that you say it, I think that Colombia could be the number 2 because it's true they have a team with two good players. Nevertheless Duque is still not so regular, the same problem of Cepede from Paraguay.

The most important thing for me is that we will see lot of junior players in Fed Cup and that's very good for Southamerican tennis.

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I think it's pretty obvious that Canada is the favorite, even with the surface not being their cup of tea. Aleks, even though not playing that great right now, is almost unbeaten in Fed Cup, and she enjoys clay a lot. Sharon will possibly play the second singles (as she loves clay), but even Steph will probably be able to win the second point. Add in Pelletier and Sharon that are both top 100 in doubles, and we get a third point.

I think Colombia is the only team with a shot at upsetting Canada. Both Castano and Duque have experience on the big world stage, have good wins, and enjoy clay.

As for Paraguay, Rossana will have to raise her level up A LOT from last year to have a shot at beating Aleks, and Cepede was just overplayed in EVERY aspect against Steph last year. Sharon also plays a similar game that Cepede, but at a much higher level. I'm not underestimating the effect of the crowd, getting one point is definitely possible, but getting two points will be a tough task for them for sure.

Brazil is always solid, but I feel like their chances are getting slimmer every year. Alves in doubles is dangerous, but not enough experience for Duarte and Vaisemberg to get two wins overall.

My ranking would be:

1) Canada
2) Colombia
3) Paraguay
4) Brazil

As for the other 4, I don't see them with much of a chance. Watch out for Puerto Rico, Puig has been playing great in juniors and has a great game. They could 'upset' Bolivia or Chile, to prevent them from dropping. I'm guessing Cuba and Chile or Bolivia will go down, depend of the draw.

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Some news:

- Daniela Trigo won't play for Bolivia and she has been replaced by junior Belén Rivera (she plays pretty good).

- Yuliana Lizarazo is out from the team (I don't know the reason) and she has been replaced by Karen Castiblanco.

- They told me that Rosana De los Ríos had some problems with Paraguayan Tennis Association but it seems that she will finally play for his team.

- Today is going to be made the final draw. I will be following Fed Cup, so any information I will be posting it.

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Group A

CANADA
BRAZIL
PUERTO RICO
CUBA

Group B

COLOMBIA
PARAGUAY
CHILE
BOLIVIA
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Wednesday matches

Canada vs Cuba
Paraguay vs Chile
Colombia vs Bolivia
Brazil vs Puerto Rico
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