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tennisIlove09
Nov 20th, 2004, 01:52 AM
Tennis Channel To Televise Fed Cup Final
By Tennis Week
11/19/2004

The Fed Cup finale will air live on the Tennis Channel next week. The Tennis Channel will telecast a combined 30 hours of live Fed Cup semifinal and final action from Moscow, November 24-28th.


This year's Fed Cup semifinals feature France against Spain and Russia against Austria. All Fed Cup semifinal and final matches will be played on indoor carpet at the 5,200-seat Ice Stadium Krylatskoe in Moscow. The site is Moscow's premier tennis venue, and plays host to the WTA Tour's high-profile Kremlin Cup tournament each fall, competed in by most of the tour's top-ranked players.

Live semifinal coverage begins Wednesday, November 24th, at 3 a.m. Eastern time, with the first singles match between France and Spain, the two top-ranked nations in women's tennis. The French squad will try to defend the Fed Cup championship it won against the United States last year in Moscow. The team comes into the semifinals led by Mary Pierce, a former French Open and Australian Open winner. Rounding out the squad is two-time Olympian Nathalie Dechy and 16-year-old rising-star Tatiana Golovin. Team captain Guy Forget leads France in its quest for its second Fed Cup in as many years, and third overall.

Standing in France's way is Spain, and the world's No. 1-ranked doubles player, Virginia Ruano Pascual. In 2004 Ruano Pascual won Australian Open, French Open and US Open doubles titles, in addition to three other championships. She's joined in Moscow by Anabel Medina Garrigues, who swept the singles and doubles championships in Palermo, Italy, in July, and Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, who competed on Spain's Olympic team this summer. Marta Marrero rounds out Spain's roster, a list captained by Miguel Margets. Spain last captured the Fed Cup in 1988, its fifth championship overall.

Russia brings a quartet of champions and championship-caliber stars to its semifinal tie against Austria, the first match set for Wednesday, November 24th, at 9 a.m. All four Russian players qualified for the WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles this year. Anastasia Myskina, Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova each earned a trip to the year-end singles competition, while Kuznetsova also made it to the doubles tournament, paired with remaining Fed Cup member Elena Likhovtseva. Moreover, Myskina and Kuznetsova also found Grand Slam success in 2004, winning French Open and US Open singles titles this summer, respectively. Russia is led by captain Shamil Tarpischev and seeks its first Fed Cup title.

Austria reached the Fed Cup semifinals this year via its quarterfinal upset of the United Sates, last year's runner up. It was the second upset over the U.S. team in the past three years. Alfred Tesar is the Austrian captain, and leads Sybille Bammer, Yvonne Meusburger, Patricia Wartusch and Daniela Kix against its Russian opponent. With a win Austria will earn its first trip to the Fed Cup final.

Fed Cup semifinal winners will meet in the championship final during the weekend, November 27-28th. The first match is set for Saturday, November 27th, at 5 a.m.

guycan
Nov 20th, 2004, 01:55 AM
Wish we had Tennis Channel up here in Canada. Didn't hear anything about the CRTC approving The Tennis Channel yet. They have approved Fox News and the NFL Network, why not this channel yet? Arrghhhhhhhhhh!

AjdeNate!
Nov 20th, 2004, 02:49 AM
Yeah totally awesome!! I can't wait!!
Oh wait, I don't get TTC :rolleyes:

Kuilli
Nov 20th, 2004, 03:16 AM
30 hours of live coverage is awesome, but I'll be seeing 0 hours of it. :mad: No tennis channel for me either. :( Come on Comcast, sign that deal already. ;)

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 20th, 2004, 03:20 AM
:tears: