Australia down 1-0 to the Netherlands
Saturday, 20 July, 2002
WOLLONGONG - Australia has lost the first match to the Netherlands in the Fed Cup World Group Play-Off at Wollongong today. Sydney's Evie Dominikovic, 22, playing her first Fed Cup singles match, succumbed to the more experienced Miriam Oremans 64 63 at the Win Entertainment Centre. Dominikovic, ranked 107 in the world, was unable to combat the power game of Oremans, who recently reached the third round at Wimbledon.
Be it grass or hard court, the Dutch dynamo knows her stuff and nailed Dominikovic with her relentless serve-volley game. She drilled the Aussie Fed Cupper with some net skimming slice backhands and forced her nervous opponent to come up with the passing shots. While she managed to do this on several occasions, Dominikovic's game was blighted by unforced errors and a second serve that Oremans pounced on.
The first set was an even contest and it was Dominikovic who drew first blood when Oremans hit a backhand volley wide to trail 1-2. She broke back immediately and kept ahead throughout the set, going in for the kill at 5-4. Footfaulted at 15/30, a double-fault set up two set points and Oremans snatched the first at the net.
Again, Dominikovic survived a high-pressure service game to stay with the No.94-ranked Dutchwoman in the second set and broke her to lead 2-1. Up 40/0 on serve, she walked to the baseline after striking, what she believed, was an ace. It was called long and from there on Dominikovic struggled to maintain her confidence. She dropped her serve twice to trail 4-2 and Oremans cleaned up with a low backhand volley on match point. "I was in control of the whole match," Dominikovic said. "I'm definitely very pleased and I served well from the beginning on."
The next singles match is between Australia's No.1 player, Alicia Molik, and Kristie Boogert.
The loser of this tie faces relegation to a regional zone while the winner will move into the elite World Group in 2003. In the reverse singles tomorrow, Dominikovic faces Boogert and Molik takes on Oremans – unless the Australian team decides to field team member Christina Wheeler. Changes can be made up to one hour before tomorrow's start of play, at 11am. The doubles is played after both reverse singles. Australia's Rennae Stubbs has been named to play with Dominikovic against the tough combination of Oremans and Boogert