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Fed Cup 2006

Nicole will be playing Fed Cup soon. Here's an article about the tie:

Suchanan ready for the Czech challenge

[TENNIS] Though the absence of Thai ace Tamarine Tanasugarn is proving to be a definite setback, Suchanan Viratprasert carries the hopes of the Kingdom into the Fed Cup World Group II tie against the powerful Czech Republic this weekend.


The Thai No 2, who took upon the mantle of No 1 player temporarily when Tamarine decided to skip the tie, remained positive despite the presence of three top 50 players, including the 15th-ranked Nicole Vaidisova, in the visiting squad.

"It will be very difficult to beat the Czech team as they have sent all good players. But it doesn't mean that we stand no chance. We have to wait and see what will happen on court,'' said Suchanan, ranked only No 192 in the world.

Besides the Thailand Open champion Vaidisova, the Europeans have world No 33 Klara Koukalova and No 45 Iveta Benesova in their ranks. The only player outside the top 100 is Barbora Strycova who is 202.

Thailand, on the contrary, comprise only lowly-ranked players Napaporn Tongsalee 257, Monthinee Tangphong, 282, and newcomer Nudnida Luangnam, No 428.

Regardless of the outcome, Suchanan felt the team would reap some gains from the highly experienced rivals.

"It's not everyday you get a chance to play these players. They are in the top 50 and normally we have to win many qualifying matches to meet them. So this will be a good experience for us,'' added Suchanan.

Suchanan has confronted Vaidisova once before, in the second round of the Thailand Open last year. The Czech teenager subdued the Thai 6-3 6-1 and went on to win her third professional title in a row.

"I was lucky to have played her before so I have some information. She hits fast and attacks every time you give her opportunities. But I will fight for every point,'' said Suchanan, who has a brilliant Fed Cup record. She stunned two top-100 players, Nicole Pratt of Australia in the 2004 tie and Sanda Mamic of Croatia last year.


Though Suchanan will be the backbone of the team for the first time, she said the pressure has not got to her.

"I don't have any problem being the team's first singles player. It'll feel rather strange not having Tammy with us. In the past there were the four of us,'' Suchanan said.

The Thai team started their practice yesterday at the Rama Gardens Hotel while the Czech team is due to arrive today. The draw will be conducted at 5pm on Thursday. The competition starts at 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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World Group II 2006

The Tennis Academy of Asia, Nonthaburi, THA
Stadium Capacity: 2000
22 April - 23 April 2006
Day 1: 1500hrs (GMT 0800hrs)
Day 2: 1500hrs (GMT 0800hrs)
Surface: Hard (Plexipave) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Extra Duty

Thailand
Official Team Nominations
Suchanun VIRATPRASERT
Napaporn TONGSALEE
Montinee TANGPHONG
Nudnida LUANGNAM
Team Captain
Vittaya SAMRE

Czech Republic
Official Team Nominations
Nicole VAIDISOVA
Klara KOUKALOVA
Iveta BENESOVA
Barbora STRYCOVA
Team Captain
Tomas PETERA
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Good luck Nikki, time to get back on track.


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Czechs confident of clinching win

The star-studded Czech Republic team led by Thailand Open champion Nicole Vaidisova arrived in Bangkok yesterday to get ready for their Fed Cup World Group II tie against Thailand this weekend.



World No 15 Vaidisova will spearhead the European side, which consists of world No 33 Klara Koukalova and No 45 Iveta Benesova against a fragile local team without ace player Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Vaidisova , a product of the Nick Bolettieri academy who will turn 17 on Sunday, has pinned her hopes on a victory over Thailand and a ticket to play in the World Group I play-offs in July.

"I feel bad to say it, but we have a good chance to win here. I'm glad to be back here again,'' said the teenager, who won one of her five career titles in Bangkok last October on the same courts at the Rama Gardens Hotel, the venue for the tie on Saturday and Sunday.

"I don't think I'll have a problem with the conditions because I won here last year,'' added the top Czech player, who completed a hat-trick of victories by winning three successive trophies in Seoul, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Barbora Strycova, ranked No 202 in the world, is the fourth player in the Czech team which has Thomas Petera as captain. The team lost to Italy 3-2 in the play-offs last year.

Top Thai women's player Tamarine has decided to play in Mexico this week in her campaign to return to the top 100, so Thailand will depend on less experienced players like Suchanan Viratprasert, Napaporn Tongsalee, Monthinee Tangphong and Nudnida Luangnam. None are ranked in the top 150.

Both teams will hold pre-draw press conferences at the venue today, while the draw will be done on Thursday evening.

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Hard task for Thailand in Bangkok
Thailand faces a daunting challenge against the Czech Republic in its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie, despite having home advantage. The draw was made on Wednesday and is as follows:

Suchanan Viratprasert (THA) v Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Montinee Tangphong (THA) v Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
Suchanan Viratprasert (THA) v Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
Montinee Tangphong (THA) v Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Nudnida Luangnam/Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) v Iveta Benesova/Barbora Strycova (CZE)


Conditions favour Thailand

Playing outdoors on hard court in what is the hottest and most humid time of the year for this South-East Asian country, the conditions might have given the host nation a head start, as in the past some of their opponents have struggled to deal with the testing conditions.

However, a year ago Thailand were still beaten by Croatia when on-court temperatures soared to the mid-fifties celsius, and at least some of their opponents from the Czech Republic have become acclimatised after recently playing in somewhat similar conditions in the United States.


Tanasugarn missing

To make the task even more difficult, Thailand plays without its only player with world-class experience, Tamarine Tanasugarn, who instead is competing in a number of ITF events in an effort to resurrect a ranking that has slumped from the top 20 to 146. While the Czechs have depth in their squad and can afford to omit 26th-ranked Lucie Safarova, Thailand must attempt to overcome the very large gap that separates Tanasugarn and the four players who are on duty this weekend.

Suchanun Viratprasert is ranked 192 and plays as the No. 1, but she has claimed just one career victory on the WTA Tour. If it is any consolation to her, that victory came on these courts last October in the Bangkok Open. The remaining three Thai team members, 257th-ranked Napaporn Tongsalee, 282nd-ranked Montinee Tangphong and 428th-ranked Nudnida Luangnam, have never won a match at Tour level.


Vaidisova leads Czechs

In contrast, the Czech Republic boasts not only one of the brightest young stars in the game, but a player who claimed one of her five WTA titles at this venue last year. She is 15th-ranked Nicole Vaidisova, who will celebrate her 17th birthday on Sunday. As well as her five titles, she reached the semifinals in Sydney in January this year.

Klara Koukalova is ranked 33 and has two titles, but she has struggled in 2006 with only five wins in 13 matches. Perhaps a player in better form is 45th-ranked Iveta Benesova, who in addition to holding one WTA title reached the Hobart final in January and followed that up with a second round win over former champion Mary Pierce at the Australian Open. The away team is completed by 202nd-ranked Barbora Strycova.


Czechs play down chances

Czech captain Tomas Petera’s biggest problem may be in persuading his players to perform at the top of their ability when they know they are facing modest opposition.

“I don’t like to say it should be easy, although we are the favourites” said Petera. “I’m trying to keep my players concentrating and to be ready as they would for any match, and not think that it’s going to be easy.”

Thailand’s captain Vittaya Sumrej appreciates his team have a difficult task ahead of them, but they are determined to put on a good show.

“The Czechs have a lot of good players in the team,” said Sumrej, “but my players will fight and do as well as they can.“

Thai No. 1 Suchanun Viratprasert will play Czech No. 2 Iveta Benesova in the opening match, followed by Thai No. 2 Montinee Tangphong against Czech No. 1 Nicole Vaidisova.

Following Sunday’s reverse singles, Napaporn Tongsalee and Nudnida Luangnam will play Klara Koukalova and Barbora Strycova in the doubles
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Vaidisova levels the tie with Thailand
Thailand and Czech Republic go into the second day of their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie on level terms, after Suchanun Viratprasert claimed an unexpected 64 64 win over Iveta Benesova to put the host nation ahead, and Nicole Vaidisova defeated Montinee Tangphong 60 62.

Suchanun, ranked 192 and playing as the Thai No. 1 in the absence of Tamarine Tanasugarn, was not expected to trouble 45th-ranked Benesova, and the Czech left-hander had the stronger groundstrokes in the early stages.


Suchanun's stead play was key

But she failed to make it count by sometimes over-pressing, and as Benesova became increasingly erratic Suchanun’s steadier play began to swing the match in her favour. Although her serve sometimes lacked pace and was duly punished, the Thai placed it well on enough occasions to turn it into a weapon by the latter stages of the match.

Although she struggled to keep in front, Suchanun held the advantage for most of the match, and earned her first lead by breaking for 2-1 when Benesova hit a double-handed backhand wide.

Benesova depended a great deal on her double-handed backhand, but it was inconsistent. Although it earned her a winner that allowed her to level at 3-3, another backhand error gave the Thai a 4-3 lead. And although Suchanan then dropped her own serve to love, Benesova netted another backhand to concede her serve at 4-4 and Suchanun served out for the set.

A confidence-boosting backhand winner then gave the Thai a break to open the second set and, although Benesova levelled at 2-2, Suchanun immediately broke again to love and fought off a break point at 4-3 and another at 5-4 before closing out the match on her third match point.


I'll never play team matches again says Benesova

“She played well and hit the ball pretty hard and put some pressure on me, but I gave her the opportunity to play that well so it’s my own fault,” said Benesova. “I made too many errors. I think I’m just not a team player. I’m too tight and play so much different to when I just play for myself. I think I will never play team matches again.”

The chance of another upset in the second rubber, with 282nd-ranked Montinee facing 15th-ranked Vaidisova, was as likely as snow falling, and the Czech, who claimed one of her five WTA titles on the same court last October, duly did what was expected.

However, glimpses of frustration showed now and then as her Thai opponent often matched her in the furiously-contested baseline rallies. But, although she held points to win three games in the first set, Montinee received little reward for her efforts with Vaidisova always able to find the extra pace to force the error.


Vaidisova's powerful forehand seals victory

Montinee had a brief moment to savour when she broke to lead 2-1 in the second set, but she was unable to consolidate her lead. Vaidisova immediately broke back, and her powerful forehand forced a backhand error from the Thai for a 4-2 lead that all but ended the contest.

“Of course there’s a little more pressure when it’s down, but I just played my own match and didn’t think what the score was,” said Vaidisova, who had the responsibility of keeping the Czech Republic in contention. “I think I started off pretty well and kept the rhythm the way I wanted it, and overall I think it was a pretty good match for me.”
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R3 - N.VAIDISOVA (CZE) def. S.VIRATPRASERT (THA) 3-6 6-2 6-0
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Should have been an easy str8 setter but at least Nikki finished it off in style.

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Czechs clinch victory in Thailand
A 62 76(5) victory by Klara Koukalova over Thailand's Montinee Tangphong was enough to secure a place in the World Group Play-offs for the Czech Republic in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie. That gave the visitors a 3-1 lead, but it was by no means an easy afternoon for the hot favourites.

It is often said that rankings count for little in team competition, and for a while it appeared that an upset of earthquake proportions was possible as Nicola Vaidisova, playing on her 17th birthday, was outplayed by 192nd-ranked Suchanun Viratprasert.

Suchanun had already beaten 45th-ranked Iveta Benesova on Saturday, and she took advantage of a performance from her 15th-ranked Czech opponent that was, in the first set, quite dreadful. Vaidisova produced an endless stream of unforced errors, making some poor returns and often overhitting the ball.


Vaidisova recovers after slow start

Her huge forehand constantly misfired, and she had to fight off a break point in the first game, three in the third game and two more in the fifth before she put a forehand wide to give Suchanun a 3-2 lead. As if that wasn’t bad enough, two double-faults helped the Thai break a second time for the set.

But there were two Vaidisovas and two Suchanuns on court, and the match swung dramatically early in the second set. The Thai had to resist three break points before holding for 2-1, and then fell apart as Vaidisova finally found her game and pounded winner after winner.From leading 2-1, Suchanun won just four points out of the next 24 as Vaidisova levelled the match at one set all, and the Thai managed to salvage only four more points in the entire third set as Vaidisova won 36 62 60.

“She just started off pretty good and I was definitely off my rhythm. I did a lot of unforced errors,” said Vaidisova. “But I kept trying to be positive and fight, and it worked. We had the point, that was the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how.”


Koukalova brought in for Benesova

Koukalova, drafted in to play the second singles after Benesova reacted badly to the pressure of team competition and announced she no longer wanted to play, was stretched in the second set, but took the tiebreak 75 with a forehand winner.

Another forehand winner had been enough to earn her a break for a 3-2 lead in the first set, and when she broke again to love to lead 5-2 and then broke to lead 1-0 in the second with a return off a weak second serve it appeared as if the contest would be over quickly.

But Montinee responded by winning the next four games before Koukalova regained the upper hand, broke back for 3-4 and took the set to a tiebreak.

“I felt nervous because it’s a very big responsibility when the team is leading 2-1, and I wanted to win the last point for us,” said Koukalova. “I was one up in the second set and maybe I thought it was over already, but I had to focus again and fight and try to play every point.


Czech Republic eyes Play-offs

The Czech Republic will now go forward to the World Group Play-offs on July 15-16 and compete against one of this weekend’s losers from the World Group. At the same time, Thailand will play in the World Group II Play-offs against one of four qualifiers from the Zonal Group I, comprising of two teams from Europe/Africa and one each from Asia/Oceania and the Americas. The draw will be made in London on 25 April at 11:00 local time.

“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult,” said team manager Petr Pala. “We won’t be seeded, and it depends really on the draw. We need a little luck and a 50/50 match.”

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Czechs clinch victory in Thailand
A 62 76(5) victory by Klara Koukalova over Thailand's Montinee Tangphong was enough to secure a place in the World Group Play-offs for the Czech Republic in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie. That gave the visitors a 3-1 lead, but it was by no means an easy afternoon for the hot favourites.

It is often said that rankings count for little in team competition, and for a while it appeared that an upset of earthquake proportions was possible as Nicola Vaidisova, playing on her 17th birthday, was outplayed by 192nd-ranked Suchanun Viratprasert.

Suchanun had already beaten 45th-ranked Iveta Benesova on Saturday, and she took advantage of a performance from her 15th-ranked Czech opponent that was, in the first set, quite dreadful. Vaidisova produced an endless stream of unforced errors, making some poor returns and often overhitting the ball.


Vaidisova recovers after slow start

Her huge forehand constantly misfired, and she had to fight off a break point in the first game, three in the third game and two more in the fifth before she put a forehand wide to give Suchanun a 3-2 lead. As if that wasn’t bad enough, two double-faults helped the Thai break a second time for the set.

But there were two Vaidisovas and two Suchanuns on court, and the match swung dramatically early in the second set. The Thai had to resist three break points before holding for 2-1, and then fell apart as Vaidisova finally found her game and pounded winner after winner.From leading 2-1, Suchanun won just four points out of the next 24 as Vaidisova levelled the match at one set all, and the Thai managed to salvage only four more points in the entire third set as Vaidisova won 36 62 60.

“She just started off pretty good and I was definitely off my rhythm. I did a lot of unforced errors,” said Vaidisova. “But I kept trying to be positive and fight, and it worked. We had the point, that was the most important thing. It doesn’t matter how.”


Koukalova brought in for Benesova

Koukalova, drafted in to play the second singles after Benesova reacted badly to the pressure of team competition and announced she no longer wanted to play, was stretched in the second set, but took the tiebreak 75 with a forehand winner.

Another forehand winner had been enough to earn her a break for a 3-2 lead in the first set, and when she broke again to love to lead 5-2 and then broke to lead 1-0 in the second with a return off a weak second serve it appeared as if the contest would be over quickly.

But Montinee responded by winning the next four games before Koukalova regained the upper hand, broke back for 3-4 and took the set to a tiebreak.

“I felt nervous because it’s a very big responsibility when the team is leading 2-1, and I wanted to win the last point for us,” said Koukalova. “I was one up in the second set and maybe I thought it was over already, but I had to focus again and fight and try to play every point.


Czech Republic eyes Play-offs

The Czech Republic will now go forward to the World Group Play-offs on July 15-16 and compete against one of this weekend’s losers from the World Group. At the same time, Thailand will play in the World Group II Play-offs against one of four qualifiers from the Zonal Group I, comprising of two teams from Europe/Africa and one each from Asia/Oceania and the Americas. The draw will be made in London on 25 April at 11:00 local time.

“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult,” said team manager Petr Pala. “We won’t be seeded, and it depends really on the draw. We need a little luck and a 50/50 match.”

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Good job Nicole and the Czech team!
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well,next time Czechic VS France,that may be excited!lol
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well,next time Czechic VS France,that may be excited!lol
Yeah,Hope to see that near to my city

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