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Week 16: Fed Cup (BEL vs CRO), Bari-$25k, Hvar-$10k

I know it's early to start this thread, but the venue for Fed Cup has been chosen: the Expodroom in Bree.

I wonder who will play for Belgium!
Kim Clijsters, Els Callens and ....?

Will Kirsten have recovered by then? Will Van Aken pick Caroline or Elke for the team?

From: www.belgiumfedcup.be


Opnieuw feesten in Bree 21-02-2004

Zaterdagvoormiddag werd in het Antwerpse Sportpaleis de Fed Cup-ontmoeting met Kroatië aan de pers voorgesteld.

De organisatie is opnieuw in handen van octagon cis, het sportmarketingbureau van Bob Verbeeck. Walter Goethals, secretaris-generaal van de Vlaamse Tennisvereniging, en Yves Freson, voorzitter van de Koninklijke Belgische Tennisbond, waren erg tevreden over de organisatie van vorig jaar, en willen op de ingeslagen weg verder.

Belgacom blijft net als vorig jaar ploegsponsor, en ook de locatie van de eerste ontmoeting blijft dezelfde. Net als tegen Oostenrijk wordt er in de Expodroom in Bree gespeeld op gemalen steen (gravel). Volgens organisator Bob Verbeeck gebeurde dat in overleg met kapitein Ivo Van Aken en de speelsters.

Sportief gezien hoopt Freson dat België de eerste wedstrijd wint: "Toch mogen we Kroatië niet onderschatten. Een overwinning brengt ons naar de kwartfinale én de wereldgroep 1." Vanaf volgend jaar wordt het Fed Cup systeem gewijzigd en komt er een wereldgroep van 8 landen.

Kim Clijsters heeft haar deelname bevestigd. Justine Henin-Hardenne liet eerder al weten dat ze dit jaar niet zal deelnemen aan de Fed Cup. Andere speelsters die volgens hun ranking in aanmerking komen zijn: Els Callens, Caroline Maes, Evelyne Van Hyfte, Kirsten Flipkens, Leslie Butkiewicz, Debbrich Feys en Elke Clijsters.
Het 19-jarige talent Karolina Sprem is één van de opvallendste namen bij Kroatië.

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pls no Elke Clijsters!!!!!!!!
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pls no Elke Clijsters!!!!!!!!
Oh c'mon Per Her skills in doubles are good enough for a selection!!!!

Sprem doesn't know if she plays Fed Cup

C'mon Belgians
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Despite what per4ever says Ithink Elke has a great shot at selection and if Kirsten is fit I'd pick

Kim and Els for singles and Kirsten and Elke as the doubles combination.
I think Elke has a lot of potential for doubles and if she soley concentrated on doubles which I don't see her doing though, she could really decrease her ranking down fast. I also think Van Aken should start looking towards developing a doubles comibination for the future a combination who would play every tie together.

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I would say Kim and Kirsten for singles (or Els too).. then probably Kim-Els in doubles.

Honestly, I've seen Elke play several times and she never ever gave a good impression. I really don't know what people see in her?
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I would say Kim and Kirsten for singles (or Els too).. then probably Kim-Els in doubles.
You'd pick Kirsten over Els? I guess it depends on how long Kirsten would be back from injury before the tie, as she may be lacking a bit of match practice and Els has played well in Antwerp and Tokyo.

I don't think Kim will play doubles, or then maybe she would for the home crowd.

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Honestly, I've seen Elke play several times and she never ever gave a good impression. I really don't know what people see in her?
I wouldn't select her as a singles player. I think Kim, Els and Kirsten (if fit) are pretty much certainties and I think they go in that order as to who would be selected for singles. So I think the 4th spot may be open for someone who is good at doubles. Cause let's just say the two singles players have really long three set matches and cause doubles is on the last day they would only have an hour or so to recover and say the doubles is alive, I'd want a fresh player out there rather than someone who has already been on court for hours particularly if the other side had fresh players to. So I think it comes down to Elke and Caroline for the last spot and maybe also Van Hyfte but I don't know a lot about her! and I think Elke is a better doubles player than Caroline.

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Croatia hasn't any chance
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I hope Kim and Els for singles (Elsalways plays great during fedcup, Kirsten needs more experience at this level (hopefully she can play the 4th (useless) singles match) and Els will have the matchrythm) and whatever combination in doubles, all belgian girls are really good at it

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I hope Kim and Els for singles (Elsalways plays great during fedcup, Kirsten needs more experience at this level (hopefully she can play the 4th (useless) singles match and Els will have the matchrythm) and whatever combination in doubles, all belgian girls are really good at it
I think Caroline is less good I saw her playing doubles in Brussels 2002 and she sucked really

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Belgium: Clijsters, Callens, Flipkens, Elke Clijsters(because She is good in doubles).
Croatia: Sprem, Kostanic, Majoli, Talaja
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I hope Evelyne Van Hyfte will be in the team. She deserves it
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I hope Evelyne Van Hyfte will be in the team. She deserves it
Me too. She works hard, and keeps improving her ranking. Go Evelyne!
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