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bluepastures
Apr 9th, 2002, 12:05 AM
From the http://www.satennis.co.za site. So both South Africa and GB have easy looking opening ties, whilst Denmark's should be more difficult (assuming Sfar is there).

I don't know the full draw for GB's group yet

"South African Fed Cup captain Mariaan de Swardt moves into uncharted waters on Tuesday when her team participates in the Euro-Africa Group 2 qualifying tournament at the Groenkloof tennis courts.

More about the Fed Cup at Groekloof

A stalwart player for the country in previous Fed Cup ties, De Swardt will be making her debut as captain with a mainly young and inexperienced team against opposition neither she nor her players know much about.

South Africa have been seeded three in the competition behind Great Britain and Denmark and are in Pool C along with fifth seeds Algeria, Latvia and Liechtenstein.

"The only player I recognise among the three countries we play is Feriel Esseghir of Algeria," said Natalie Grandin, who is the highest ranked singles player in the SA team.

De Swardt though is not taking any opposition lightly. "I've been around in tennis too long to know you can't assume anything.

It's never wise to think it will be a walk in the park just because players have very low rankings.

"If you lose respect for your opposition you're in trouble."

Only Grandin and Nannie de Villiers have played in previous Fed Cup ties while Nicole Rencken and junior Chani Scheepers will be earning their caps here in Pretoria.

With only 14 of the original 25 countries actually at the tournament, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have had to revise the format for this event.

The teams have been divided into four groups, with two pools having four teams and the remaining pair just three. Each group will play a round robin competition from Tuesday to Thursday after which all the countries will be involved in a knockout competition.

The winners of each group will be seeded one to four with the top two seeds getting a first round bye. Two rounds will be played -- on Friday and Saturday respectively -- and the four teams left at that stage will be promoted to Euro-Africa Group 1 next year.

"Many of these teams lack international competition and with so few countries, some teams will have come all the way here just to play two ties. This way they can also get some additional experience at international level," explained ITF tournament referee Jane Harvey.

South Africa's first encounter Tuesday is against Liechtenstein, a country in which none of their players has a ranking of any sorts. With the local team knowing nothing about Sabrina Vogt, Jeannine Niedhart, Angelika Schadler and Nadine Batliner, the girls will literally have to feel their way round the matches.

De Swardt though feels comfortable her players are ready to perform the necessary task. "I've been working with them for a week but there is only so much you can do in that period. However, I'm satisfied they are the best prepared as I can get them. Now it's up to them."

Algeria are the only country yet to arrive. They are due in at 7am Tuesday morning and will have to be ready to play their first match against Latvia at 11am.

Top seeds Britain take on Malta on Tuesday, second seeds Denmark play Tunisia in Pool B while in Pool D, fourth seed Ireland face Finland."

bluepastures
Apr 9th, 2002, 12:14 AM
In fact Sfar isn't there for Tunisia. A player to watch out for in one of the lesser teams, is the exciting junior Emma Laine of Finland.

Jorn
Apr 9th, 2002, 11:27 AM
Go Danmark!! :)

Even we only have one good player EVA! I think

At vinde denne gruppe vil være som at stjæle slik fra børn. ;)

big dog
Apr 9th, 2002, 03:54 PM
GB were 2-0 up after the singles, Lucie and Rachael won with Julie and Elena playing the doubles

Jorn
Apr 9th, 2002, 07:18 PM
Karina Jacobsgaard bt Nadia Kilani 6-0 6-2
Eva Dyrberg bt Mariem Bouchlaka 6-0 6-0 :o
Andrea Hermansen/Karina Jacobsgaard bt Imen Ben Larbi/Nadia Kilani 6-0 6-0 :o

:)

2ace2
Apr 10th, 2002, 12:11 PM
Wow, easy wins it seems!