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Fed Cup Team announced!

'We don't need Molik'

New Federation Cup tennis captain John Alexander is confident that Australia will rejoin the World group despite Australia's top player Alicia Molik's unavailability for it's next tie.

Alexander today announced a squad facing India in April's Asia/Oceania Zone Group One Fed Cup tie in India with world No.10 Molik the glaring omission.

World No.46 Samantha Stosur will lead a squad that also includes Fed Cup stalwart Nicole Pratt, Evie Dominikovic and newcomer Bryanne Stewart.

Alexander said Molik would concentrate on her quest to become the world's No.1 tennis player.

"By agreement, Alicia is not going to play this first match," Alexander said.

"Alicia has a real opportunity to achieve a number one world ranking.

"She has a particular schedule designed to do that. The Fed Cup is an awkward date and the geographical location for these first events it really would have stuffed up the first part of her year.

"When all things considered Tennis Australia has to consider looking after our players wholistically and when someone has a great opportunity like this we have to be behind them."
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Welcome Bryanne finally

Nicole Pratt

Sophie Should be in the squad not that old fart!

Hope Evie is the no 2 singles player!

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Casey Dellacqua Jessica Moore Bojana Bobusic Storm Sanders
as well as Jelena Dokic Sam Stosur Sally Peers Ash Barty Olivia Rogowska Monique Adamczak Sacha Jones Rodionova Sisters Tammi Patterson Vicky Rajicic Azra Hadzic Alison Bai
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Sam and Evie for singles Sam and Bryanne for doubles Nicole can just be there for incase anyone gets injured ( God Forbid )

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Pratts become a doubles specialist since her singles rank will be in the 90's next week! She's ranked 21 in the world.

I'd still prefer Pratt over Evie in singles anyday, that girls a bigger head case!

Pratt actually played quite well in the Aust Open, she just had a tough match.
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Yah !!

Bryanne !!!

GO THE AUSSIE GIRLS


Alicia Molik~Nicole Pratt~Samantha Stosur~Christina Wheeler

Nicole Kriz~Monique Adamczak~Isabella Holland~Jessica Moore

Emily Hewson~Trudi Musgrave~Sophie Ferguson~Casey Dellacqua
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Quest for world No.1? No disrespect to Alicia, but that sentiment is just ridiculous.

Welcome to the team Bryanne

Welcome back to the team Evie

Maybe it's just me...but I think this tie isn't being given the respect it deserves by JA. Don't be sure that you'll get through buddy...India is very dangerous, especially if Shikha Uberoi is eligible to play (is she?). So is this tie like a round robin thing, where we play a bunch of nations?
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wonder who nthe hit up girl is?

Good luck to the West Aussies in 2013!:
Casey Dellacqua Jessica Moore Bojana Bobusic Storm Sanders
as well as Jelena Dokic Sam Stosur Sally Peers Ash Barty Olivia Rogowska Monique Adamczak Sacha Jones Rodionova Sisters Tammi Patterson Vicky Rajicic Azra Hadzic Alison Bai
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Yeah I agree with TS, India could be dangerous. Although Stosurs form would be way to good for Mirza if she's playing well.

As for Alicia reaching world number 1, if Mauresmo can do it Alicia can surely go close!

She had a poor start to 2004, so she is bound to gain a lot of points in the next few month and she's only 50 points off world number 8. I personally think she is better than several girls ranked above her like Myskina and Dementieva who I think will drop back a bit this year in points gained.

I think after Wimbledon Alicia will be ranked in the top 5 if not the top 4

The thing with Alicia is that I can still see a lot of room for improvement in her game, especially on the mental side, and I think she is working on this.
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glad alicias not playing but wonder y no stubbsy? i reckon sam and nicole will play singles and sam/bryanne dubz

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If the report about Stubbs is correct - then it does not make sense. Why would someone who is nearly 34 make themselves unavailable for a new captain who has already said nice things about them!?! A few ideas spring to mind!

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis...229930007.html

"Stubbs, ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, withdrew from selection for the squad that includes Samantha Stosur, Nicole Pratt, Evie Dominikovic and Bryanne Stewart in protest at being fined for her late arrival at a tie in Russia last year."
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Maybe she needs to get over being fined . . . . . .

Bryanne and Sam will do an awesome job . . i remember a certain match in Sydney International first round . . . Need i say more !!

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Alicia Molik~Nicole Pratt~Samantha Stosur~Christina Wheeler

Nicole Kriz~Monique Adamczak~Isabella Holland~Jessica Moore

Emily Hewson~Trudi Musgrave~Sophie Ferguson~Casey Dellacqua
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If the report about Stubbs is correct - then it does not make sense. Why would someone who is nearly 34 make themselves unavailable for a new captain who has already said nice things about them!?! A few ideas spring to mind!

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis...229930007.html

"Stubbs, ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, withdrew from selection for the squad that includes Samantha Stosur, Nicole Pratt, Evie Dominikovic and Bryanne Stewart in protest at being fined for her late arrival at a tie in Russia last year."
Thanks Postcard

I heard that some of the girls weren't impressed with JA's appointment and he was going to meet with them. Maybe things still haven't cleared over.

I notice China is in the round robin event - so things will be tough with Na Li, Peng, Zheng etc... Really can't see us getting through if China is full strength and we are without Molik.

No way should Nicole be left out! What rubbish! She should be given the no. 2 spot and hopefully after 3-4 rnd robin matches she may pick up some confidence. Run Evie and Nicole against the weaker nations and rest up Sam when we can, for the heavyweights of India, China, Korea etc... when she will need to play singles and doubles.

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Passage to India: Australia's remaining Fed Cup players Samantha Stosur, left, and Bryanne Stewart train at White City yesterday for the qualifying event in India in April.
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Fed Cup captain John Alexander is confident his team will negotiate its first hurdle on the way to returning to the top-flight world group despite fielding a team that lacks Australia's top-ranked singles and doubles players, Alicia Molik and Rennae Stubbs.

As expected, Molik made herself unavailable for the Asia/Oceania Zone qualifying tournament in India in April because of her heavy workload at the start of the season. Ranked No.10 in the world, the 24-year-old will play a heavy schedule aimed at significantly improving that mark.

Stubbs, ranked No.8 in the world in doubles, withdrew from selection for a squad that includes Samantha Stosur, Nicole Pratt, Evie Dominikovic and Bryanne Stewart in protest at being fined for her late arrival at a tie in Russia last year.

Molik's absence comes with Alexander's blessing. Having forecast that she might reach the No.1 spot by the middle of the year, he said that Molik's quest to establish herself as one of the best players in the world was in the best interests of Australian tennis.

"We love Davis Cup and we love Fed Cup," said Alexander. "But the tie comes at a time when Alicia is going to be taking a break after a tough part of her schedule and, geographically, India is not the perfect place for her to be then."

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Molik's manager Peter Smylie said she would play three US tournaments in March and April before returning home for a break during the Fed Cup tie. "After that she has Berlin, Rome, the French Open ... she's just trying to build on what she has done and she doesn't want to be exhausted when she gets to Wimbledon like she was last year," he said.

Should Australia make the second Fed Cup qualification round in July, Molik will be a likely starter. "That tie is straight after Wimbledon and, at this stage, I think maybe winning Wimbledon might be the only thing that could stop her," said Alexander. "She might have to weigh that up. But otherwise I think she will be back."

More controversial is the absence of 33-year-old Stubbs, who was fined an undisclosed amount (believed to be the equivalent of one day's pay) for turning up for the tie against Russia a day late. She has appealed against the fine and is believed to be upset that another player who arrived on the same day was not punished.

Alexander said he had spoken with Stubbs in Sydney last month and was made aware of her grievances. While Alexander said he was confident Stubbs would make herself available again, her absence has made things easier for selectors.

Stosur and Stewart won the doubles at the Sydney International last month, having beaten Stubbs and American Lisa Raymond in the first round.

Punishing schedule: Alicia Molik.
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"On her day Rennae is definitely one of the best doubles players in the world," Alexander said. "But Sam and Bryanne are becoming a formidable pair. We would have had the problem of whether you take a champion doubles player and build a team, or take the best team you have."

Eight countries - the others are China, Chinese Taipei, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Kazakhstan - are attempting to advance to the next round of qualifying in India. The teams will be split into two groups for a round-robin event with the top two teams playing off in the final.

Alexander expects Australia and China to be seeded No.1 in their groups and believes his relatively young team should be favourite to qualify.

"We've got Samantha, who is really very mentally strong, and Nicole Pratt, who was our No.1 player last year, now as the No.2," he said. "The team we will field in India is certainly more than capable."
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Read JA's statements in the Herald Scum today, and really somebody needs to muzzle this guy.

"Samantha Stosur will make No.1" he says.

:retard:

Making statements like that does nobody any favours.
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Hehehe, a little bit early to make a statement like that.

I have to say though if Stosur could play like she did in the first set against Schnyder at Gold Coast all the time, top 10 is a certainty, but her form last year was very erratic, she's in a similar position to Alicia two years ago!
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