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Monica_Rules
Apr 1st, 2002, 11:01 PM
In the pathetic group 2 of the euro/african zone?:rolleyes:

COME ON TEAM GBR BACK TO GROUP 1 for next year:D

bluepastures
Apr 1st, 2002, 11:34 PM
After having a search, I've not found much but:

Kenya have withdrawn due to lack of money.

The South African tennis association have lost their main sponsor MTN, and they're in a financial crisis.

De Villiers and Grandin are likely to play doubles together. Whilst Grandin and Scheepers are likely to be the singles players. No Coetzer of course, which must help GB.

No more news about the British team though.

V.Melb
Apr 2nd, 2002, 06:49 AM
and what about Joanette Kruger? -

bluepastures
Apr 2nd, 2002, 05:40 PM
Don't know about Kruger. The only other person who they mention (it's a report dated 14/3/02) as a possibility to play some matches is Nicole Rencken.

They've got quotes from the non-playing captain Mariaan de Swardt so I'd say it's a fairly reliable report.

If anyone wants a longer look at it, the address is

http://allafrica.com/stories/200203140051.html

Ah, another report (from the excellent http://www.satennis.co.za site). Liezel Horn and Kruger both made themselves unavailable along with Coetzer

Monica_Rules
Apr 2nd, 2002, 07:12 PM
So no news on GBR then?:sad:

paul_masterton
Apr 2nd, 2002, 07:58 PM
team is:

Lucie Ahl

Julie Pullin

Elena Baltacha

Rachel Viollet

This team is great because it is so versatile. All 4 players could easily win tehir singles matches as teh oppositon is pretty poor, and any combination of Elena/Julie/Lucie in doubels would easily win it.

Paul :D

bluepastures
Apr 2nd, 2002, 10:54 PM
I'm hoping that the second link I gave above should at least have reports on the group once it starts.

Don't bother with the ITF site, it has nothing about this group at all!

Vanity
Apr 3rd, 2002, 10:01 PM
Lucie should have been in Porto this week!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Cassius
Apr 4th, 2002, 12:52 AM
I didn't know we had a FED Cup team.
All we ever hear about is BLOODY Henman and Rusetski (sorry I don't know how to spell his name) or that TALENTLESS, UGLY and BITCHY Kournikova.

I wonder if our girls FED Cup matches will be covered by the media.

bluepastures
Apr 4th, 2002, 04:40 PM
A report (written yesterday) from the http://www.satennis.co.za site (the report also features a photo of Chani Scheepers). "Denmark and Great Britain appear to be the major threats to South Africa winning next week's Euro/Africa Group 2 Fed Cup qualifier to be played at the Groenkloof tennis courts in Pretoria.

Only 14 of the original 25 countries named for the qualifier will be sending teams to Groenkloof from April 9 to 13, and they are Algeria, Botswana, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Tunisia and hosts South Africa.

Eva Dyrberg of Denmark is the only player participating in the event who has a singles ranking in the top 100 while the majority of players are not listed at all on the WTA rankings list. While Dyrberg is ranked 90 in singles and 163 in doubles, her likely number two, Karina Jacobsgaard, is ranked 451 in singles and 487 in doubles.

The strongest team on paper at least, appears to be Great Britain. They are spearheaded by Julie Pullin (164 singles, 116 doubles) and she is backed up by Lucie Ahl (162 and 315), Elena Baltacha (225 and 341) and Rachel Viollett (229 and 780).

The South African team comprises Natalie Grandin (246 and 117), Nicole Rencken (300 and 284), Chani Scheepers (382 and 376) and Nannie de Villiers (628 and 65). The captain is Mariaan de Swardt.

Another team likely to give the other 13 countries a few problems is Ireland. All the players are reasonably well ranked and they are almost sure to be seeded.

Rankings, however, can prove deceptive in events such as this as the South Africans discovered last year when playing Estonia in La Manga. They arrived with the world number one junior who despite having no official ranking, defeated Grandin in two tough sets."

Monica_Rules
Apr 5th, 2002, 10:26 PM
Great Britain are too good for this shitty group they deserve to be in group 1 at least.They should switch that to a more neutral surface like hard then Britain will do very well!:mad: