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OMG - Australian Fed Cup, what is Evonne Thinking!

Optus Australian Fed Cup team named

Tuesday, 16 April, 2002

By Kim TRengove

MELBOURNE PARK - Debutante Optus Australian Fed Cup captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today named her team for the forthcoming World Group tie against Belgium in Brussels (April 27-28).

The Australian tennis legend announced Nicole Pratt (world ranked No.38), Alicia Molik (No.48), Rennae Stubbs (No.2 in doubles) and Samantha Stosur (No.268) to contest the tie against the formidable Belgiums, whose leading players are Kim Clijsters (No.4) and Justine Henin (No.8).

In announcing her players, Goolagong Cawley emphasised the need to blood new, young players to Fed Cup, recalling that she had first been given a chance to represent her country as a 19-year-old in 1970, playing alongside her idol Margaret (Smith) Court. Defeating Great Britain in the Final that year, she went on to compete in the prestigious competition for seven years and amassed a 35-5 win-loss record. "I have always been passionate about playing for my country," she said. "That's what it will come down to – how passionate they (the players) are….Anything could happen. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Also selected to the team as a hitting partner is South Australian junior Adriana Szili, who recently won her first ITF$US10,000 women's circuit title in Wellington. "My aim when selecting this team was to choose a blend of differing talents and levels of experience," Goolagong Cawley said. "Alicia and Nicole are currently our best singles players but also have the ability to perform well in doubles. Australia's No.1 junior Samantha has proven she is a rising star and deserves the opportunity to step up and learn, while Rennae is a great doubles player with tremendous experience."

Stubbs, who has won five doubles titles this year with American Lisa Raymond, last represented Australia in April 2000. "I am very pleased to be representing my country again," Stubbs said. "It's always something I have taken a lot of pride in. As far as having Evonne as captain, it's definitely a career highlight. To have someone I looked up to and admired so much growing up as your captain is something special. Not only was she a great champion, but she is an amazingly gracious person."

Australia leads Belgium 5-2 in Fed Cup, however Australia has won the last two occasions (in 2000 and 2001).


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Stosur? What is she thinking?? Evie is ten times better!! Nice to see Stubbs back! Tell me though, if Pratt or Molik get injured in the first singles rubber, who will fill their place in the reverse singles. How embarassing to put Stubbs or Stosur in the reverse singles

The need a back up singles player and with this team of 4 they don't have that!
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Excatly! I don't want Rennae in Doubles cause she can't win without Lisa! Samantha? What a joking! I can't believe Evonne not pick Evie and Rachel in Doubles!

I think either Australia or Belgium will win by one (3-2) depend on Doubles... I hope Rennae focus and win the Doubles match!


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Samantha Stosur ??? very suprised
Wheeler would have been a better choice

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No Evie???? shes playing OK at the moment It's funny that during the world group finals late last year during after losing the first two matches they didn't even bother blooding her for a singles spot instead played McQuillan against Henin at one stage. Wonder if the powers that be (are they the same as last year??) have a thing against Evie????

Yes, I shudder if Alicia or Nicole get injured. Good luck to Sam anyway.

Hope Rennae can add some bite to the doubles combo. Expect she will play with Nicole as Alicia and Rennae are something like 0-3 in Fed Cup.

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Exactly TBE!

Bryanne Stewart, Christina Wheeler, Cindy Watson or even Mirielle Dittmann would be a better choice than Stosur!

Stosur has only ever beaten 2 top 200 players!

At least Cindy, Bryanne, Wheeler and Mirielle have all beaten top 100 players!
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Poor Evie As an Evie fan Im disappointed and Im sure she is too...louloubelle I couldnt agree with you more. I was pissed off in Madrid last November as well...would it hurt to try her out? pfff.

Ausboy u think Dittman and Watson would be a better choice than Stosur (for doubles)? I disagree...Stosur is a pretty good doubles player (for her age and level), I think there isnt much between them. I still disagree with the decision tho and am pissed off Evie isnt in She did win a doubles title last year after all...

Eggy, I completely agree with you. Christina Wheeler is young and an excellent doubles player (and higher ranked)...why not choose her instead? Tennis Australia have put Sam Stosur on a pedestal and keep singing her praises? She has won *one* match all year...and that was in a $10K. I like the girl and I really hope she makes it, but I think there are others who are far more deserving in this case.

Good to see Rennae back With no Leslie it was obvious she'd be back. Her experience will really help out young Sam

p.s - If the tie came down to a deciding doubles rubber...I can guarantee you guys Stosur would not be in it. Pratt or Molik would partner Stubbsy. If its a dead rubber than Stosur woul obviously play - for the experience.
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I'm obviously glad to see Rennae back in the squad. It was a joke that she wasn't choosen for the team because Lesley didn't like her. You should never let personal feelings come into it, you should always do what is best for the squad.

I wish the Aussie team good luck, it's time to start rebuilding
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Some errors in that article

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to contest the tie against the formidable Belgiums
Belgians!!! *sigh*

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Australia leads Belgium 5-2 in Fed Cup, however Australia has won the last two occasions (in 2000 and 2001).
Belgium won those last two meetings! *sigh*

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Terry I agree with you that Stosur is a better doubles player than Dittmann/Watson, but I was talking about singles

Hence why I said all of them had beaten top 100 players hehe.

Either way if Molik or Pratt get injured we are stuffed!

We need a back up singles player and Evie was clearly the best option, she had several good wins in the last few weeks, and she's handy at doubles too!
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Sooooooo good to see Rennae back - Evonne seems to be willing to try something different - I like that to.

And in all honesty what chance does Australia have of winning???? Might as well blood some newbies, at least the Australia Fed Cup team isn't being picked using personal bias anymore. Good old Evonne - you've gotta love her!

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Terry I agree with you that Stosur is a better doubles player than Dittmann/Watson, but I was talking about singles
Well sooorreeeeeeee! hehe

Penne, if Kim isnt playing we have a very good chance of winning IMO...Pratt & Molik can take Callens (Henin is another matter tho ) and in the doubles anything can happen....but if Kim plays I think its safe to say we are stuffed.
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Well sooorreeeeeeee! hehe

So you should be!! Your an embarassment to society, all that hooking u do on your corner, don't think I don't know about those police pulling u over outside your place for not wearing a belt!

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Penne, if Kim isnt playing we have a very good chance of winning IMO...Pratt & Molik can take Callens
Actually Els is always able to raise her level for Fed Cup. She has played 4 singles matches so far and won them all. So I'm not so sure if Pratt or Molik can take her .

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