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Fed Cup First Round Rosters Announced

Fed Cup First Round Rosters Announced

By Richard Pagliaro
04/16/2003

Most of the first round Fed Cup play begins in 10 days and today the International Tennis Federation announced the rosters for the first round of World Group play. All first-round Fed Cup ties are scheduled for April 26-27th except for the Argentina vs. Slovenia tie, which will be contested April 25-26th in Pilar, Argentina.


Most of the first round Fed Cup ties begin in 10 days and today the International Tennis Federation announced the rosters for the first round of World Group play. All first-round Fed Cup ties are scheduled for April 26-27th except for the Argentina vs. Slovenia tie, which will be contested April 25-26th in Pilar, Argentina.

The United States squad of top-ranked Serena Williams, third-ranked Venus Williams, Meghann Shaughnessy and Alexandra Stevenson hosts a Czech Republic team featuring Daja Bedanova, Klara Koukalova, Iveta Benesova and Eva Birnerova at the sold-out Paul E. Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass.

The tie may well be the first step in the United States' quest to recapture the Cup it last won in 2000. Regaining the Fed Cup is clearly the goal, but U.S. Fed Cup captain Billie Jean King believes the tie can transcend competition and significantly elevate the stature of Fed Cup in the United States.

"It's very exciting because we are sold out and I think it's going to put Fed Cup on the map in this country and let people know who we are and what we're doing," King said. "I think this is going to be an unbelievable happening. It's going to be wild, it's going to be crazy and that's the way we want it. We're going to really rock."

The tie will be telecast live by The Tennis Channel as part of its free 19-day sneak preview campaign leading up to its official launch on May 15th. The first match of the U.S. vs. Czech Republic tie will be the first event The Tennis Channel telecasts.

Belgium boasts a talented team of Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Els Callens and Caroline Maes. Belgium, the 2001 Fed Cup champion, will host Austria, which upset heavily-favored host United States in last April's first-round tie. Barbara Schett, Patricia Wartusch, Evelyn Fauth and Sybille Bammer have been selected to the Austrian squad by captain Alfred Tesar.

France and Russia are both capable of continuing contention for the Fed Cup.

Anastasia Myskina, Elena Bovina, Elena Dementieva and Tatiana Panova make Russia the heavy favorite when it hosts the Croatian team of Ivan Majoli, Karolina Sprem, Darija Jurak and Matea Mezak on an indoor carpet court in Moscow. Russia reached the 2001 Fed Cup final, falling to Belgium.

French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget also captains the French Fed Cup team. Forget has picked Amelie Mauresmo, Nathalie Dechy, Emilie Loit and Virginie Razzano for the first-round tie that will be contested on clay in France. Opponent Colombia will counter with Fabiola Zuluaga, Catalina Castano, Rommy Farah and Carolina Escamilla.

Fed Cup World Group First Round Rosters

Czech Republic vs. United States
Paul E. Tsongas Arena
Lowell, MA USA
Indoor Hard Court

USA Czech Republic
Serena Williams Daja Bedanova
Venus Williams Klara Koukalova
Meghann Shaughnessy Iveta Benesova
Alexandra Stevenson Eva Birnerova
Captain: Billie Jean King Captain: Petra Pichalova-Langrova

Slovenia vs. Argentina
Mayling Club de Campo
Pilar, Argentina
Outdoor Red Clay

Argentina Slovenia
Maria-Emilia Salerni Katarina Srebotnik
Natalia Gussoni Maja Matevzic
Natalia Garbellotto Tina Pisnik
Tina Krizan
Captain: Ricardo Rivera Captain: Mima Jausovec

Italy vs. Sweden
Stangebro Icepalace
Linkoping, Sweden
Indoor Hard Court

Sweden Italy
Sofia Arvidsson Flavia Pennetta
Maria Wolfbrandt Antonella Serra Zanetti
Aleksandra Srndovic Mara Santangelo
Anna Nooni Roberta Vinci
Captain: Joakim Nystrom Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Austria vs. Belgium
Expodroom Bree
Bree, Belgium
Indoor Red Clay

Belgium Austria
Kim Clijsters Barbara Schett
Justine Henin-Hardenne Patricia Wartusch
Els Callens Evelyn Fauth
Caroline Maes Sybille Bammer
Captain: Ivo Van Aken Captain: Alfred Tesar

Slovak Republic vs. Germany
TC Ettenheim
Ettenheim, Germany
Outdoor Red Clay

Germany Slovak Republic
Anca Barna Daniela Hantuchova
Marlene Weingartner Henrieta Nagyova
Barbara Rittner Lubomira Kurhajcova
Martina Muller Eva Fislova
Captain: Klaus Eberhard Captain: Tomas Malik

Croatia vs. Russia
Universal Sports Hall
Moscow, Russia
Indoor Carpet

Russia Croatia
Anastasia Myskina Iva Majoli
Elena Bovina Karolina Sprem
Elena Dementieva Darija Jurak
Tatiana Panova Matea Mezak
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev Captain: Goran Prpic

Australia vs. Spain
Club Tenis Tarragona
Tarragona, Spain
Outdoor Red Clay

Spain Australia
Conchita Martinez Nicole Pratt
Virginia Ruano-Pascual Alicia Molik
Magui Serna Samantha Stosur
Anabel Medina-Garrigues Rennae Stubbs
Captain: Miguel Margets Captain: Evonne Cawley

Colombia vs. France
Palais de Sports des Bullieux
Andrezieux-Boutheon, France
Indoor Red Clay

France Colombia
Amelie Mauresmo Fabiola Zuluaga
Nathalie Dechy Catalina Castano
Emilie Loit Rommy Farah
Virginie Razzano Carolina Escamilla
Captain: Guy Forget Captain: Uriel Oquendo
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Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne on Belgium Fed Cup Team

NEW YORK (April 16) -- World No. 2 Kim Clijsters and fourth-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne were selected to play for Belgium in the first round of the Fed Cup on Wednesday.

No. 1 Serena Williams and her sister, third-ranked Venus, were chosen to play for the United States in February, but teams made their official announcements Wednesday. Meghann Shaughnessy and Alexandra Stevenson round out the American squad.

The first round is April 26-27. The United States hosts the Czech Republic in Lowell, Mass., while Belgium hosts Austria. Daja Bedanova, Klara Koukalova, Iveta Benesova and Eva Birnerova will compete for the Czech Republic.

Slovakia beat Spain to win the Fed Cup last year. But with the Williams sisters participating, the Americans are the favorites to win their 18th Fed Cup title.

Belgium, which won the Fed Cup in 2001, also has a strong team and could be the main competition for the United States. Clijsters and Henin-Hardenne will be joined by Els Callens and Caroline Maes.

In other matches, defending champion Slovakia visits Germany; Argentina hosts Slovenia; Sweden takes on Italy; Russia plays Croatia; Spain faces Australia; and Colombia visits France.

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My predictions:

* USA def Czech Rep.

* Slovenia def Argentina

* Italy def Sweden

* Belgium def Austria

* Slovak Rep. def Germany

* Russia def Croatia

* Australia def Spain

* France def Colombia

I would like to see what is the winning percentage for me out of 8
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im liking the look of the American and Russian Teams, especially Serena and Elena (my fave yank and myfave russian)

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Good luck Karolina Sprem!!!!
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Sweden Italy
Sofia Arvidsson Flavia Pennetta
Maria Wolfbrandt Antonella Serra Zanetti
Aleksandra Srndovic Mara Santangelo
Anna Nooni Roberta Vinci
Captain: Joakim Nystrom Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

Is that supposed to be HANNA Nooni? It must be! Wow!

But of course I will be rooting for the Italians, For one thing, I am excited to see MARA SANTANGELO, the Player with the World's Quietest Fan Thread, get her name on a big web site like TW!
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does Farina Elia and Rita Grande not play Fed Cup anymore?

or even Francesca?
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does Farina Elia and Rita Grande not play Fed Cup anymore?

or even Francesca?
I was thinking the same thing! Italy has 3 in the top 50 that aren't listed.
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does Farina Elia and Rita Grande not play Fed Cup anymore?

or even Francesca?
That's an excellent question, and these 3 players were initially named, I thought. I don't know if it's politics, or a look toward the future, or what.

But whatever the reason behind the roster change, I am just happy that MARA gets this wonderful opportunity to play for her country!
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Is anyone else thinking Germany have a great shot at beating the Slovaks Huantuchova MIGHT wn both her matches but I don't see them winning the other 2 matches, and in doubles I think with the home crowd it could go Germanys way, I know Hantuchova has been top 10 in doubles but she hasn't really had any good doubles results with anyone but Aranxta

I see an upset, 3-2 for Germany

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Good Luck to:

Czech Rep
Sweden
Belgium
Germany
Russia


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France got a pretty easy draw (don't beat me).. They can reach into quarter without a swet!!

I would love to see the SF!!

USA vs Belgium
The Williams vs The Belgium Sisters

Russia VS France



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France got a pretty easy draw (don't beat me).. They can reach into quarter without a swet!!

I would love to see the SF!!

USA vs Belgium
The Williams vs The Belgium Sisters

Russia VS France
How is it possible that the USA and Belgium don't meet each other in the final ? They are clearly the two best teams.

The ranking system that has been used looks shabby.
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I would love to see the SF!!
USA vs Belgium
Russia VS France
These are the most likely semifinalists.

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anyways good luck to

USA
Russia
Australia
Italy
Belgium (

(in that order)
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