Belgium vs USA
World Group 2003 - Semifinal
Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS
Stadium Capacity: 12,000
19 November - 20 November 2003
Day 1: 1100 hrs (GMT 0800 hrs)
Day 2: 1000 hrs (GMT 0700 hrs)
Surface: Carpet (Taraflex) - Indoors
Team selected by the Webmaster.
Ivo VAN AKEN
Team selected by the Webmaster.
Billie Jean KING
Flipkens Called up to Belgian Squad
The Belgian Tennis Federation has announced that their team for the Fed Cup World Group Semifinals and Final will be Els Callens, Caroline Maes, Elke Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens.
Belgium will play the United States in the semifinals on 19-20 November at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, with the American team already announced as Meghann Shaughnessy, Lisa Raymond, Alexandra Stevenson and Martina Navratilova. The winner of this tie will face the winner of the France versus Russia semifinal in the final on 22-23 November.
Flipkens, 17, is currently No. 1 in the ITF Junior World Rankings and is in contention to end the year in the top spot following her back-to-back victories at Wimbledon and the US Open. She will be making her Fed Cup debut in Moscow. The other teenager on the team, 18-year-old Elke Clijsters, was 2002 ITF Junior World Doubles Champion. This will be her second Fed Cup tie, having played doubles in Belgium’s quarterfinal loss to Italy in July 2002.
Callens was part of the 2001 Belgium team that won the nation’s first Fed Cup title in 2001.
Changes to the team can still be made ahead of the deadline for official nominations on Sunday 9 November.
Navratilova Named in USA Fed Cup Team
The USTA and US Fed Cup Captain Billie Jean King today announced that 58-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, Meghann Shaughnessy, Lisa Raymond and Alexandra Stevenson have been named to the USA team that will vie for the 2003 Fed Cup title in Moscow.
The USA takes on Belgium in the World Group semifinals on 19-20 November at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. The winner of this tie will face the winner of France versus Russia semifinal in the final on 22-23 November.
Navratilova, whose undefeated singles and doubles Fed Cup record (37-0) is unmatched in Fed Cup history, will return to Fed Cup competition for the first time since 1995. She turns 47 on Thursday and becomes the oldest player to compete in the World Group in the 40-year history of Fed Cup.
“This team is very excited about going to Moscow and we are going there to win. These four women are very experienced players and Martina brings additional power to our line-up and prestige to this international competition,” said King. “We are all looking forward to going to Moscow and bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”
Navratilova equalled King’s all-time record of 20 Wimbledon titles with her 2003 Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Leander Paes and reached the 2003 US Open doubles final (with Svetlana Kuznetsova). The holder of 18 singles, 31 doubles and nine mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, Navratilova holds a record 167 singles and 172 doubles WTA Tour titles. She has competed in 21 Fed Cup ties, 16 representing the USA and five with Czechoslovakia . As a member of the USA Fed Cup team, Navratilova’s win-loss record stands at 28-0.
The USA, which returns to a Fed Cup semifinal for the first time since 2000, has won a record 17 Fed Cup championships - more than any other nation - since the inception of the competition in 1963.
2000 USA d. BEL 2-1 in USA World Group - 1st Round
Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, NV, USA Carpet (I) 22 Nov 2000
1990 USA d. BEL 3-0 in USA World Group - 2nd Round
Peachtree W.O.T., Atlanta, GA, USA Hard (O) 21 Jul - 29 Jul 1990
Career high ranking: 6 (16/10/2005)
Current Ranking: 40, 789 pts, 35 tournaments
2007 race to the championship: 26, 293 pts, 8 tournaments
Year-end Ranking: 2006 - 46, 2005 - 8, 2004 - 63, 2003 - 146
Winner: 2006 - Beijing, 2005 - Sydney, Budapest, Hasselt
Runner-up: 2006 - Prague, 2005 - Hyderabad, Forest Hills, Los Angeles YEC
Semifinal: 2006 - Paris, Bogota, 2004 - Sopot
Quarterfinal: 2005 - Prague, Modena, 2004 - Indian Wells, Stockholm, Seoul, Filderstadt