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Bероника
Jul 3rd, 2004, 01:14 PM
Allez les filles!!!!

L'équipe française qui affrontera l'Italie sera composé de:

Amélie Mauresmo
Mary Pierce
Emilie Loit
Tatiana Golovin

They will play in Rimini,on clay.Italian team is composed by:Farina-Elia,Garbin,Schiavone,Vinci.

Allez allez allez!!!! Win the title again!!!:D

Linnie
Jul 9th, 2004, 04:22 PM
ALLEZ LES FILLES!!!

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Nicoleke
Jul 9th, 2004, 05:17 PM
:wavey: Véronika :), ça va bien?
Allez les filles!!!!

L'équipe française qui affrontera l'Italie sera composée de:

Amélie Mauresmo
Mary Pierce
Emilie Loit
Tatiana Golovin



Allez allez allez!!!! Win the title again!!!:D

Mark Spruce
Jul 9th, 2004, 08:31 PM
Mary looks so :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :kiss: with her long hair again.

Best of Luck Mary and VIVA LA FRANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

regards

Mark

swiss
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:59 AM
FORZA FRANCIA :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bероника
Jul 10th, 2004, 12:17 PM
Allez les filles!!! Spécialement Momo :hearts:

Sorry,Francesca,I have to cheer against you this time...

Nicoleke
Jul 10th, 2004, 12:41 PM
Allez les filles, especially Mary Pierce :hearts: !!!!!

Bероника
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:11 PM
What time are they playing? Any results yet?

This is the only competition where I find myself cheering for Mary :eek:

allez allez allez!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

-Em-
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:53 PM
What time are they playing? Any results yet?

This is the only competition where I find myself cheering for Mary :eek:

allez allez allez!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Play starts today at 14:00 GMT.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

~ The Leopard ~
Jul 10th, 2004, 03:19 PM
ALLEZ LA FRANCE!!!!!!!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:22 PM
6-2 6-1 mauresmo

-Em-
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:25 PM
Well Done Momo!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Now Mary should follow in Amelie's wake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
C'MON GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Yeah France 1-0 up. But pfft@Fed Cup site.

swiss
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:34 PM
GO on the frenche fede site :drool: fft.fr

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:46 PM
GO on the frenche fede site :drool: fft.frDone :D

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:48 PM
Allez Momo :hearts:

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:58 PM
M. Pierce 1-0

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:00 PM
Bp M. Pierce

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:00 PM
Come on Mary :D

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:00 PM
M. Pierce 2-0

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:03 PM
M. Pierce 3-0

-Em-
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:04 PM
:yeah: :yeah: :yeah: Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just keep goin' like that girl!!!!!!!

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:07 PM
M. Pierce 3-1

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:09 PM
M. Pierce 3-2

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:14 PM
M. Pierce 3-3

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:15 PM
C'mon Mary.


I hate following matches on the live scoreboard :mad:

bennywu
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:15 PM
oh no, Mary!

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:21 PM
Come on Pierce :(

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:23 PM
M. Pierce 4-3* 40-40

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:23 PM
BP M. Pierce

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:25 PM
M. Pierce *5-3

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Oh Yay Mary :bounce:

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:28 PM
2 Sp's Mary

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:29 PM
M. Pierce 6-3

bennywu
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:29 PM
mary 6-3!!

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:33 PM
Phew :)


Well played Mary.

Is Schiavone ranked higher than Mary?

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:35 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *0-1

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:37 PM
Phew :)


Well played Mary.

Is Schiavone ranked higher than Mary?Yes, Francesca is currently 17th ranked but has a lot of points to defend during the American HC season.

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:39 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 1-1

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:43 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 1-2

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:44 PM
Thanks KV.


I guess Francesca is the favourite for this match then? I always think of Mary as being ranked much higher than she actually is.
Optomistic fan syndrome! ;)

Keep it going Mary :D

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:44 PM
Thanks KV.


I guess Francesca is the favourite for this match then? I always think of Mary as being ranked much higher than she actually is.
Optomistic fan syndrome! ;)

Keep it going Mary :DMary is not that highly ranked because of having too many injuries

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:47 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 2-2*

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Yeah I know, what I meant was I always think of Mary as being the higher ranked player/favourite in all of the matches where she doesn't have to play the top 5 or 6 players.


Which maybe isn't fair of me! ;)

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:51 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 2-3
If Mary stays injury free for the rest of the season, she's a very good chance of making the top 16.

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:53 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *2-3 40-15

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:55 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 3-3

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 05:58 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *3-4

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:02 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 4-4

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:04 PM
Francesca's first serve % is terrible but Mary not taking advantage. Break her now!! Please :)

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:05 PM
2 Bp's M. Pierce

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:06 PM
1 Bp left

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:06 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *5-4

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:06 PM
:bounce:

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:08 PM
:bounce: Finish it Mary :bounce:

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:10 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *5-4 15-15

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:10 PM
M. Pierce 6-3 *5-4 30-15

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:11 PM
2 Mp's M.Pierce

*Jean*
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:11 PM
Mary is serving for the match ! Go my dear ! 40-15 ! Match point

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:12 PM
3 more to go :bounce:

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:12 PM
40-30

*Jean*
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:12 PM
That's it ! Game, set & match Miss Pierce, 6-3 6-4

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:12 PM
:):) mary

KV
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Mary Pierce won :)

ali
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:14 PM
:D Great win for Mary :D


Well done! :bounce:

Mark Spruce
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:16 PM
Well done Mary and I am so happy for you.

And well done MOMO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

regards

Mark

Harju.
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:17 PM
Yay!! Congrats Mary :woohoo:

France :worship:

Lapin
Jul 10th, 2004, 06:30 PM
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: Bien joué Amélie et Mary!! ALLEZ!!!:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:


http://internationalgifservice.ifrance.com/internationalgifservice/web_gifs/drapeaux/drap_france_divers03.gif :woohoo: 2/0 France!!!!! :woohoo: http://internationalgifservice.ifrance.com/internationalgifservice/web_gifs/drapeaux/drap_france_divers03.gif

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/afp_photo/20040710/sge.mbc01.100704163712.photo00.default-268x384.jpg
vue générale du court principal du Cercle Tennistique de Rimini sur lequel l'Italienne Silvia Farina Elia (G) et la Française Amélie Mauresmo.
(Wish that France and Italy hadn't been playing each other this weekend :sad: I'd have been cheering for Italy if they had been playing another team!! Sorry Francesca and Sylvia....)

Lapin
Jul 10th, 2004, 11:57 PM
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Crickey :eek: - look at the injury to Amélie's hand.....

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:D

*Jean*
Jul 11th, 2004, 12:01 PM
France has to win by 5-0 ! :p My Momo will demolish Schiavone in order to take her revenge of Varsaw loss, and Mary will beat Farina !! And the double french pair will win too ! France is the best nation of the Fed Cup. Niark Niark

-Em-
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:09 PM
Allez Amelie!!!!!!!!!! Good luck against Schiavone t'day!!!!!!!!!!!
:bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:

-Em-
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:12 PM
My Momo will demolish Schiavone in order to take her revenge of Varsaw loss, and Mary will beat Farina

Hell yeah, I want Momo to take her revenge on Schiavone for this Warsaw's loss as well, and i'm pretty sure that will happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:yeah: :yeah:

~ The Leopard ~
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:34 PM
Allez les filles!

Geri
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:59 PM
Allez Amelie et Mary :bounce:

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:11 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:12 PM
2 Bp's Amélie

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:13 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 *1-0

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:16 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 2-0*

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:18 PM
Come on Momo :bounce:

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:25 PM
Hooverphonic :wavey:
BP Amélie

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:25 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 *3-0

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Yay.. Momo :worship:

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:30 PM
2 Gp's Amélie

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:30 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 4-0

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:33 PM
An. BP Amélie

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:35 PM
Go Momo :woohoo: Allez!!!

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:36 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 4-1

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Allez Momo!!!

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:43 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 5-1

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:45 PM
One more game :D :D

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:49 PM
A. Mauresmo 7-6 *5-2

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:51 PM
BP Fran

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:51 PM
:o.. Don't let it slip Momo.

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:52 PM
Momo France into semis :)

Harju.
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:54 PM
:worship: :woohoo: Momo

France :worship:

I wonder who are playing for the forth tie. Hoping for Golovin :rocker2:

Meteor Shower
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:55 PM
they have to play all 5 rubbers?

Tennisfan-Mtl
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Bien fait la France :yeah: :hearts:

Tennisfan-Mtl
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:58 PM
they have to play all 5 rubbers?

Yes, I guess so............USA vs AUT is playing the doubles match even though AUT is leading 3-1 ;)

GoSandrine
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Felicitations Amelie, Mary, and the entire French team. :worship:

I really thought the Italians had a good shot here fielding there best team in years but Silvia and Francesca obviously did not bring their A games. :sad: :sad: :sad:

Anyone know the tiebreak score between Amelie and Fran? Did Fran have any set points? :wavey:

Meteor Shower
Jul 11th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Yes, I guess so............USA vs AUT is playing the doubles match even though AUT is leading 3-1 ;)

thanks
so why ARG vs. RUS hasn't started their fifth rubber? :confused:

Hantuchov
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:00 PM
thanks
so why ARG vs. RUS hasn't started their fifth rubber? :confused:

They have already started!

Does anybody know who will play the 4th rubber?

Mark Spruce
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:00 PM
Well done Momo. I wonder now if Mary will play. I hope that Guy will let her play.

I am sure that now the doubles team will be different. I hope that now Tatiana will get a game.

regards

Mark

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:01 PM
thanks
so why ARG vs. RUS hasn't started their fifth rubber? :confused:They are playing now 2-2

Hantuchov
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:02 PM
Felicitations Amelie, Mary, and the entire French team. :worship:

I really thought the Italians had a good shot here fielding there best team in years but Silvia and Francesca obviously did not bring their A games. :sad: :sad: :sad:

Anyone know the tiebreak score between Amelie and Fran? Did Fran have any set points? :wavey:

Hey Ed :bigwave: :D

I was following the live scores and Francesca didnt have any SP, she had a good start, with 2-0, but Amelie held and broke back and held..... :lol:

foreva lindsay
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:09 PM
:bowdown: MOMO!!!!! :yeah: well done momo and france :D

KV
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:19 PM
Loit is playing.

ali
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Congrats to France :worship: Great performance by the team.

Loit playing singles 4th match (does Guy just play Mary when he really needs her? ;) ), so hopefully Mary will play the doubles either with Tati or Amelie (some practice for the Olympics?)

Mark Spruce
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:23 PM
So I think that then Tatiana and Mary will play the doubles then maybe ??? What do you think ??

regards

Mark

GoSandrine
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:24 PM
Thanks Luis :bigwave:

I hope Tathiana and Roberta get some playing time for Italy. :)

*Jean*
Jul 11th, 2004, 05:55 PM
Good match from Momo...well done against always difficult Schiavone...France goes to the semis :P

GoSandrine
Jul 11th, 2004, 06:01 PM
Well, Silvia is playing snd she's up 5-2 on Emilie. :D Hopefully a win here will erase memories of her first round slaughter. No bagel please!!! :o

I'm going to go out on a limb but I will guess that Tathiana and Roberta will play against Tatiana and Emilie. ;)

Lapin
Jul 11th, 2004, 11:01 PM
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Thanks to suzie for some of the pics! :)


From the FFT site:
Les Italiennes sauvent l'honneur
Silvia Farina Elia a sauvé l'honneur de l'Italie en s'imposant aux dépens d'Emilie Loit, dans le quatrième simple, 6/3, 2/6, 6/2. Le double a été également remporté par les Italiennes Tathiana Garbin et Roberta Vinci, aux dépens de Tatiana Golovin (qui a donc fait ses grands débuts en Fed Cup) et de Mary Pierce (6/0, 7/6). Au cours de ce double, Amélie Mauresmo a occupé la chaise du capitaine pendant le premier set... sans succès!

The Italians save honour

Sylvia Farina Elia saved Italy's honour by beating Emilie Loit in the 4th singles, 6/3 2/6, 6/2. The doubles was also won by the Italians Tathiana Garbin and Roberta Vinci, against Tatiana Golovin (who therefore made her debut in Fed Cup) and Mary Pierce (6/0, 7/6). In the course of the doubles Amélie Mauresmo occupied the chair of the captain for the first set..... without success!


:bigclap: Félicitations L'Equipe Française!! :bigclap:

Mariangelina
Jul 14th, 2004, 12:53 PM
Félicitations Aux Françaises!

:inlove: :bounce: :tennis: :inlove: :bounce: :tennis: :inlove: :bounce: :tennis::inlove: :bounce: :tennis:

Wonderful job girls! :hearts: They all did a great job. But Amélie's hand... :eek:

Bероника
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:32 PM
la France en finale

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MOSCOU (AFP) - Les Françaises se sont donné le droit de rêver à un exploit en finale ce week-end contre la Russie en écartant l'Espagne 5 à 0 sans concéder un seul set jeudi à Moscou en demi-finale de la Fed Cup de tennis.

C'est Nathalie Dechy (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/200.html), nouveau leader de l'équipe en l'absence d'Amélie Mauresmo (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/259.html), qui s'est chargée dès le début de la matinée d'apporter à la France le point qui lui manquait après les deux victoires remportées mercredi dans les deux premiers simples.


Dechy, 21e joueuse mondiale, a employé le même style agressif que la veille face à Maria Antonia Sanchez pour dominer la N.1 espagnole, Anabel Medina, en deux sets 6-3, 6-1. "Je sentais un peu moins bien la balle et je me suis donc un peu moins régalée sur le court, mais j'ai joué un match solide, maîtrisé", a déclaré la Française.

Les deux dernières rencontres, disputées pour l'honneur, ont permis à Tatiana Golovin (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/2968.html) de rester invaincue pour le deuxième match de sa carrière en Fed Cup, face à Marta Marrero (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/2158.html), et à Marion Bartoli (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/500000000002891.html) de faire des débuts victorieux dans l'équivalent féminin de la Coupe Davis, associée en double à Emilie Loit (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/597.html).

La veille, les joueuses de Guy Forget avaient déjà prouvé qu'elles ne s'étaient pas laissées abattre psychologiquement par la défection de Mauresmo, partie en vacances, et l'indisponibilité de Mary Pierce (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/280.html), obligée de rester sur le banc à cause d'une douleur à une épaule.

Il restait aux titulaires du simple à faire des économies d'énergie face à des Espagnoles moins bien classées à la WTA et plus à l'aise sur la terre battue que sur le synthétique du Krylastkoe Stadium. Mission accomplie puisque Dechy a passé une heure et 8 minutes sur le court et Golovin une heure et sept minutes, devant des tribunes toujours aussi désespérément désertes.

Les Françaises s'étaient interdit de considérer la demi-finale contre l'Espagne comme une formalité, mais à peine l'obstacle franchi, tous les regards se sont tournés vers le choc attendu pour la défense de leur titre contre les super-favorites russes.

"Parfois on rêve qu'on joue devant 15.000 personnes, qu'on ne rate pas une balle, qu'on est créatif, offensif et que tout réussit. C'est ce qui devra arriver", a prévenu le capitaine Guy Forget.

Sur le papier, Anastasia Myskina (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/2059.html) et Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/te/profile/500000000002890.html), championnes de Roland-Garros et de l'US Open, sont imbattables. Mais les joueuses ont gardé en mémoire une certaine finale de la Coupe Davis 2001 où les garçons de Guy Forget étaient allés souffler le trophée à des Australiens supposés intouchables sur leur jardin gazonné. "Il y a beaucoup de similitudes. Je suis content qu'elles prennent ce match comme référence", a admis le capitaine.

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Bероника
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:34 PM
I know there's no Momo this time,but I still believe in the French team.

Best of luck in the final and kick the russian's ass,please!!!!

Allez les filles!!!!

Bероника
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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Bероника
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:38 PM
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Bероника
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:43 PM
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Dechy Clinches Victory for FranceNathalie Dechy put France into its second successive Fed Cup final on Thursday, giving her country an unbeatable 3-0 lead by defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues 63 61 in the first of the reverse single matches in the France v Spain semifinal.

It will be France's third Fed Cup final overall, and so far, the nation has always won in the final, lifting the trophy in 1997 and of course last year.

The battle between the nations' No. 1 players started close but the challenge from Medina Garrigues gradually fell away as she was unable to make any impression on Dechy. The athletic Frenchwoman wrapped up victory in one hour eight minutes and was congratulated by captain Guy Forget, her teammates and the travelling French fans afterwards.

As things stand, it looks as if France will play Russia in the final, and what a mouth-watering prospect that will be. The hosts are 2-0 up against Austria overnight, and that semifinal resumes today at 17:00 local time.

"The motivation is going to be there," Dechy said about a potential final against Russia. "A Fed Cup Final is always going to be
very good motivation but they are much stronger on paper, we are the outsiders. They have everything behind them, the stadium, the biggest team, but we will try and make a surprise."

"We have to be strong. We are just going to play our game and be confident. We have to trust ourselves."

The match stayed on level terms until Dechy broke to go 43 ahead in the first set. Medina Garrigues, ranked No. 39, seemed to have raised her game following her loss to Tatiana Golovin on Wednesday, and made the Frenchwoman work for the remainder of the set, forcing her to serve it out for 63.

But after losing her serve in the opening game of the second set, Medina Garrigues, who played with her right knee taped, grew increasingly frustrated. Every time she came up with something and found the open spaces, Dechy did something better. The world No. 21 was simply faster round the court and more accurate with her ground strokes.

With a second break of serve, Dechy opened up a 3-0 lead, and despite Medina Garrigues reclaiming one of the breaks, her opponent romped to victory by winning the next three games. To the delight of the increasingly noisy French contingent, Dechy set up match point with a backhand volley, and converted with a smash.

Dechy is now 8-2 in Fed Cup singles matches and this marks the second time that she has won the decisive point for her country. The first time was in Buenos Aires in April 2002, when her defeat of Mariana Diaz-Oliva in the second reverse singles match gave France a first-round victory over Argentina.

"I'm very happy to have won the point to make us into the final," she said. "It was in the best tradition because we won all the matches in two sets and this is the best preparation for France. We didn't spend too much time on the court."

In the dead fourth rubber, Russian-born Tatiana Golovin defeated Marta Marrero, a replacement for Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, 63 64 to extend her country's winning score to 4-0.

Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit are scheduled to play Marrero and doubles world No. 1 Virginia Ruano Pascual in the doubles.

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Nov 25th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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Linnie
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:52 PM
:bounce: ALLEZ LES FILLES!!! :bounce:

Harju.
Nov 25th, 2004, 03:54 PM
Allez France :bounce:

swiss
Nov 25th, 2004, 06:44 PM
allez les filles :bounce: on ne sait jamais :drool:

suzie
Nov 25th, 2004, 08:07 PM
BIEN JOUÉ LES FILLES!!

Scotso
Nov 25th, 2004, 08:13 PM
Allez la France :D

Smart
Nov 25th, 2004, 10:05 PM
Allez! Great work girls!

pineapple
Nov 26th, 2004, 06:11 AM
:bounce: ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ !!!:bounce:

silverwhite
Nov 26th, 2004, 12:47 PM
Bien joué les filles (surtout Marion et Emily)!