Maarit Nieminen bt Dina Khalil 6-3 6-2
Emma Laine bt Yomna Farid 6-3 6-3
Maarit Nieminen/Piia Suomalainen bt Nermin Abaza/Dina Khalil 6-1 6-1
Apr 10th, 2002, 10:26 AM
Yeah Go GBR!
Apr 10th, 2002, 12:08 PM
Wow, all easy matches it seems!
Apr 10th, 2002, 08:16 PM
Neither Great Britain nor Denmark play today (as there's only 3 teams in their groups. Today matches were
Pool A: 8-Norway vs Malta
Pool B: 7-Lithuania vs Tunisia
Pool C: 3-South Africa vs Latvia , 5-Algeria v Liechtenstein
Pool D: 4-Ireland vs Finland , 6-Egypt vs Botswana
Ireland V Finland should be the closest match of the day. Hopefully I'll be able to post scores later.
Apr 10th, 2002, 09:35 PM
So basically GBR should beat Norway and then play in the semis against South Africa?(if they win there group) And then the final round against Denmark/Ireland?
The only challange for GBR will be Denmark and Dyrberg hopefully Julie P can beat her again!
BTW what country is this in and what surface is it?
Apr 10th, 2002, 11:47 PM
It's being held in Pretoria, South Africa. Definitely outdoors, doesn't look like clay though, from the photos. Some kind of hard-court.
Here's the report from South Africa's win today. The full scores don't seem to be available yet, although the match winners are mentioned lower down.
SA Fed Cup team win tight encounter against Latvia
Posted at Wednesday, April 10, 2002 - 15:17
The South African Fed Cup team had to work hard to beat Latvia in their second round robin tie of the Euro/Africa Group 2 Fed Cup qualifying tie at the Groenkloof tennis courts on Wednesday.
After Chani Scheepers, who turned 18 last month, defeated Anete Bandere 6-2 6-1, SA number one Natalie Grandin lost 4-6 4-6 to the other Bandere sister, Katrina.
It all came down to the doubles rubber and Grandin was determined to get some revenge on the Bandere sisters. "Far from being flat after my loss I was quite psyched up to play the doubles. It was pay-back time," said Grandin.
She got her wish as she and Nannie de Villiers won the encounter 7-5 6-2 to ensure the third seeded SA team remain the leaders in Pool C. Algeria, who beat Liechtenstein 3-0, are joint second with Latvia.
The top two seeds, Great Britain and Denmark respectively, had byes on Wednesday but third seeds Ireland were very comfortable winners over Finland in Pool D. Also in that pool, sixth seeds Egypt scored a 3-0 victory over Botswana.
In Pool A Norway had a tough encounter against Malta before coming through 2-1 while in Pool B seventh seeds Lithuania swamped Tunisia 3-0.
Scheepers' mother Nikki, (nee Kruger) herself a national player, came all the way from Harrismith to watch her daughter play.
According to Chani's coach, Annette du Plooy, Nikki was not that keen to make the long trip to Pretoria. "But I told her you only play your first Fed Cup match once, and that she should be here to watch her daughter."
So Nikki was at court side but unfortunately she saw very little as tears streamed down her cheeks from the first ball.
Scheepers admitted she was tight at the beginning, however, she settled down after the third game. She had a protracted game at 2-2 in the first set but when the South African finally broke, it gave her the impetus she needed, and she lost just one more game in the entire match.
Grandin had the reverse problem against Katrina Bandere. At 2-1 in the first set the South African number one had three opportunities to break the Latvian's serve and failed to do so. That handed the momentum to Bandere and after taking the first set, the Latvian went up 5-2 in the second.
Grandin fought gallantly to get back to 4-5 and even had a point to level at 5-5. However, Bandere, who was starting to get more and more frustrated, finally closed it out with a forehand down the line.
"I wasn't very aggressive today but then she deserves credit for really letting me into the match. I didn't feel any pressure out there today, only the pressure I put on myself," said Grandin.
South Africa scored a 3-0 win over Liechtenstein on Tuesday and play Algeria in their final round robin tie on Thursday.
SA coach Mariaan de Swardt felt her team did their job well on Wednesday. "I always say to them that win or lose, all that matters is that you gave your all on court.
"Thursday's will be a tough tie and we must not take it for granted. We will need to come out and play our best tennis against Algeria."
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:50 AM
Go Finland ! Go Emma, Pia and Maarit.
Egypt is 6th seeded team and Ireland 4th. So it should be close.
Apr 11th, 2002, 10:12 AM
Good luck to:
Apr 11th, 2002, 10:27 AM
I think GBR will win this easy Denmark anf Ireland are threats but i doubt they will beat them!
Apr 12th, 2002, 11:33 AM
(It bad Eva can't play both matches as we only have one good player...) :p
Apr 12th, 2002, 06:53 PM
So South Africa, GB and Denmark should get through, but Ireland have quite a tough task against Algeria.
"SA need to beat Finland
Posted at Friday, April 12, 2002 - 17:26
The South Africa Fed Cup team is just one tie away from promotion to Group One after sweeping aside Malta at the Groenkloof tennis courts on Friday.
It was a case of "no sweat" for captain Mariaan de Swardt and her girls as they conceded just seven games in the first knockout tie of the Euro/Africa Group 2 qualifying tournament.
Chani Scheepers started the ball rolling for the home side with a comfortable 6-0 6-2 win over Sarah Wetz and Nathalie Grandin, playing number one for SA, was equally dominant against Rosanne Dimech, coming through 6-1 6-1.
To indicate the ease of the victory, Scheepers needed just 35 minutes to win her match while Grandin took just 10 minutes longer.winning through 6-2 6-1 against Dimech and Wetz.
With the tie all wrapped up, Nannie de Villiers and Nicole Rencken went through the motions of the doubles rubber,
On Saturday, South Africa need to beat Finland to qualify for promotion. The Finns also had little problem against Tunisia, dropping just eight games.
Although it will be a tougher contest, there is little in the Finns' games to really trouble the third seeds.
In other results fourth seeds Ireland defeated Liechtenstein 3-0, Lithuania downed Egypt 2-0 (the doubles rubber was not played), Latvia ousted Botswana 3-0 and Algeria beat Norway 2-1.
The top two seeds, Great Britain and Denmark, had a bye Friday but on Saturday will take on Lithuania and Latvia respectively. The final encounter on Saturday pits Algeria against Ireland.
The four winners will be promoted to Euro/Africa Group One next year."