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Sam faces Thai threat

BANGKOK, July 9 AAP - Rising Australian star Samantha Stosur will carry much of the responsibility when she takes on Thai No.1 Tamarine Tanasugarn tomorrow in the opening singles of their Fed Cup tie.

With the loser dropping out of the World Group for 2005, there is plenty riding on the result.

Pratt, the world No.41, starts play tomorrow against little-known local player Suchanan Viratprasert.

"I think Nicole Pratt has a good chance of coming through in her singles and I'm really glad that she's playing first," said Australian captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

"It will take a bit of pressure off Sam."

Goolagong Cawley said the major threat was posed by Tanasugarn, fresh from advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month.

"She's the dangerous player," said Goolagong Cawley.

"If Sam is serving well and if she thinks she's got nothing to lose she could go out there and go for all her shots.

"Sam has a big serve, big groundstrokes, and this type of surface indoors and these sort of conditions are perfect for her type of game. She's capable of causing an upset."

Goolagong Cawley also paid tribute to Pratt, the key performer in Australia's previous World Group qualifier against Colombia in Wollongong last year.

"Nicole is the type of player that gives 100 per cent when she gets out there, so I have confidence in her knowing that she'll be really trying her heart out," she added.

The doubles match, to be played on Sunday after the reverse singles, sees Australians Christina Wheeler and Lisa McShea take on Napaporn Tongsalee and Monthinee Tangpong.

The loser of the weekend's tie is pitched into Fed Cup regional qualifying rounds in 2005.

Australia has never been out of the World Group since the Fed Cup began in 1963.


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Pratt to open tie against Viratprasert

Australia’s Fed Cup veteran Nicole Pratt will open the World Group Qualifying Tie in Bangkok when she takes on Thailand’s No.2 player Suchanun Viratprasert in Saturday’s opening rubber.

The first day’s play will begin at 1.10pm following the Tie’s opening ceremony and Pratt, ranked 41 in the world in singles, holds a sizeable ranking advantage over Viratprasert, the world No.174. The two have not met previously at WTA Tour level.

The second match will feature world No.90 Samantha Stosur, who faces a tough match against Thailand’s top player, and world No.51, Tamarine Tanasugarn. This will be Stosur and Tanasugarn’s first meeting.

Tanasugarn will be Australia’s main obstacle in the quest to secure a place in World Group II for 2005. During the Team teleconference on Wednesday Nicole Pratt gave the following assessment: "I think Tamarine’s really tough," she said. "She’s a very, very good competitor and especially playing on home soil in Thailand she’s going to be hard to beat."

In the reverse singles matches, Tanasugarn holds a 4:2 win-loss record over Pratt, however four of their six matches have been three set encounters, indicating the match on Sunday should be a close one. Stosur and Viratprasert haven’t played before at WTA Tour level, but Stosur won the matches played at junior level (two matches in 1998) and the match on the 2001 Australian Challenger, Satellite and Futures Tour.

Selectors have shown their faith in Wimbledon qualifier Christina Wheeler by matching her with Fed Cup debutante Lisa McShea for the doubles. The Australians will take on the Thai combination of Napaporn Tongsalee (ranked 217 in the world for doubles) and Montinee Tangphong (504).

Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley was upbeat about the team’s chances this weekend. "The whole team is very eager to get on and do very well for Australia. On ranking, we’re the team that’s supposed to win…and I think we can. We’ve got a great team and I’m very confident in our players."

ORDER OF PLAY: Saturday 10 July

Rubber 1: Singles

[41 singles ranking] Nicole Pratt (AUS) v [174] Suchanun Viratprasert (THA)

Rubber 2: Singles

[90] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [51] Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)


ORDER OF PLAY: Sunday 11 July

Rubber 3: Singles

[41 singles ranking] Nicole Pratt (AUS) v [51] Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)

Rubber 4: Singles

[90] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [174] Suchanun Viratprasert (THA)

Rubber 5: Doubles

[39 doubles ranking] Lisa McShea (AUS) / [95] Christina Wheeler (AUS) v

[217] Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) / [504] Montinee Tangphong (THA)

Australia’s qualifying round Fed Cup Tie against Thailand will take place in Bangkok from 10-11 July 2004 on indoor Rebound Ace at SAT Stadium.


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We can do it - Goolagong Cawley

July 8, 2004

Aussies prepared and confident says captain

By Mark Macgugan

Optus Australian Fed Cup captain Evonne Cawley is confident her team can retain its spot in the World Group for 2005 when it takes on Thailand in a World Group Play-off at Bangkok’s Hua Mark Stadium from Saturday. Speaking from the host city during a press conference earlier today, Cawley said her team was well prepared for the clash.

"The mood is wonderful. We had a good practice session yesterday and the players have settled in really well," she explained. "The whole team is very eager to get on and do very well for Australia. On ranking, we’re the team that’s supposed to win… and I think we can. We’ve got a great team and I’m very confident in our players."

The Australian charge will be headed by 31 year-old veteran Nicole Pratt, who will enter her 16th Fed Cup tie with a 12-9 win-loss ratio (11-8 singles, 1-1 doubles). The Mackay right-hander has enjoyed a plentiful year thus far, boosting her singles ranking from 53 to 41 and claiming her first WTA title at the Indian Open in February.

Cawley expressed faith that Pratt would shoulder the burden of being the team’s top-ranked player without difficulty. "She’s a tough competitor, she’s always out there giving 100 per cent, and I know she’s going to work just as hard for Australia this time around," the team captain said.

Standing in the Australians’ path is Thai No.1 Tamarine Tanasugarn, the World No.51 and her country’s most celebrated Fed Cup representative. The 27 year-old holds national records for most Fed Cup ties played (28), most total wins (25) and most singles wins (21). She has been ranked as high as World No.19.

Pratt, who trails Tanasugarn 2-4 in head-to-head matches between the two despite narrowly winning their last encounter in San Diego, expects tough competition from her Thai rival.

"I think Tamarine’s really tough," she said. "She’s obviously the player in their team that we need to pay the most attention to. I know I’ve had really close matches with her in the past. She’s a very, very good competitor and especially playing on home soil in Thailand she’s going to be hard to beat."

Little is known to the Australians about Thailand’s other three contestants, but Australian coach Mark Woodforde is confident that his players will not take them lightly. "There’s not a whole lot to go on besides Tanasugarn, (but) the other three girls in the team are obviously formidable enough and they’ve won enough matches to elevate the Thai team to this stage, where we’re at as well," he said.

"We all know about what can happen when you’re playing at home with a lot of friends and family and the country watching, (and) Thailand know that they’re playing against an established country like us, Australia, and they’re going to be eager to try and beat us."

The Australia versus Thailand World Group Play-off gets underway in Bangkok on Saturday morning.

Australia v Thailand head-to-head records

This Saturday’s tie will be the first time Australia has met Thailand in Fed Cup competition. Individually, the players also have very limited experience against one another.

Their head-to-head records are as follows:

Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 4 leads Nicole Pratt (AUS) 2

Samantha Stosur (AUS) 1 leads Suchanun Viratprasert (THA) 0

Christina Wheeler (AUS) 1 leads Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) 0

Lisa McShea (AUS) 1 leads Tongsalee 0


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omg not a good start

Suchanan d. Nicole 6-2,1-6,6-1

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Hope Sam can do something ??

Would certainly be an upset if she beat Tammie

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omg Nicole what a pathetic and Embaressing loss
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OMG! We are so screwed!
Poor Sam!

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HOW ABOUT WE SUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is disgraceful, i could beat the Thai players what the hell were Nicole and Same doing out there

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looks like australia will be knocked out of the world group for the first time EVER

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Still possible but Sam and Nicole (especailly Nicole) will have to turn around dismal records and recent matches

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