View Full Version : OMG - Australian Fed Cup, what is Evonne Thinking!

Apr 16th, 2002, 07:05 AM
Optus Australian Fed Cup team named

Tuesday, 16 April, 2002

By Kim TRengove

MELBOURNE PARK - Debutante Optus Australian Fed Cup captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today named her team for the forthcoming World Group tie against Belgium in Brussels (April 27-28).

The Australian tennis legend announced Nicole Pratt (world ranked No.38), Alicia Molik (No.48), Rennae Stubbs (No.2 in doubles) and Samantha Stosur (No.268) to contest the tie against the formidable Belgiums, whose leading players are Kim Clijsters (No.4) and Justine Henin (No.8).

In announcing her players, Goolagong Cawley emphasised the need to blood new, young players to Fed Cup, recalling that she had first been given a chance to represent her country as a 19-year-old in 1970, playing alongside her idol Margaret (Smith) Court. Defeating Great Britain in the Final that year, she went on to compete in the prestigious competition for seven years and amassed a 35-5 win-loss record. "I have always been passionate about playing for my country," she said. "That's what it will come down to – how passionate they (the players) are….Anything could happen. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Also selected to the team as a hitting partner is South Australian junior Adriana Szili, who recently won her first ITF$US10,000 women's circuit title in Wellington. "My aim when selecting this team was to choose a blend of differing talents and levels of experience," Goolagong Cawley said. "Alicia and Nicole are currently our best singles players but also have the ability to perform well in doubles. Australia's No.1 junior Samantha has proven she is a rising star and deserves the opportunity to step up and learn, while Rennae is a great doubles player with tremendous experience."

Stubbs, who has won five doubles titles this year with American Lisa Raymond, last represented Australia in April 2000. "I am very pleased to be representing my country again," Stubbs said. "It's always something I have taken a lot of pride in. As far as having Evonne as captain, it's definitely a career highlight. To have someone I looked up to and admired so much growing up as your captain is something special. Not only was she a great champion, but she is an amazingly gracious person."

Australia leads Belgium 5-2 in Fed Cup, however Australia has won the last two occasions (in 2000 and 2001).


Stosur? What is she thinking?? Evie is ten times better!! Nice to see Stubbs back! Tell me though, if Pratt or Molik get injured in the first singles rubber, who will fill their place in the reverse singles. How embarassing to put Stubbs or Stosur in the reverse singles :(

The need a back up singles player and with this team of 4 they don't have that!

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 16th, 2002, 07:41 AM
Excatly! :mad: I don't want Rennae in Doubles cause she can't win without Lisa! :mad: Samantha? What a joking! I can't believe Evonne not pick Evie and Rachel in Doubles! :fiery:

I think either Australia or Belgium will win by one (3-2) depend on Doubles... I hope Rennae focus and win the Doubles match!

Apr 16th, 2002, 01:17 PM
Wonderful Stuff. This is exactly the Team I wanted :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Apr 16th, 2002, 01:38 PM
Samantha Stosur ??? very suprised
Wheeler would have been a better choice

Apr 16th, 2002, 02:21 PM
Quite shocking !


Apr 16th, 2002, 02:27 PM
No Evie???? shes playing OK at the moment :confused: It's funny that during the world group finals late last year during after losing the first two matches they didn't even bother blooding her for a singles spot instead played McQuillan against Henin at one stage. Wonder if the powers that be (are they the same as last year??) have a thing against Evie????

Yes, I shudder if Alicia or Nicole get injured. Good luck to Sam anyway.

Hope Rennae can add some bite to the doubles combo. Expect she will play with Nicole as Alicia and Rennae are something like 0-3 in Fed Cup.

Apr 16th, 2002, 02:48 PM
Exactly TBE!

Bryanne Stewart, Christina Wheeler, Cindy Watson or even Mirielle Dittmann would be a better choice than Stosur!

Stosur has only ever beaten 2 top 200 players!

At least Cindy, Bryanne, Wheeler and Mirielle have all beaten top 100 players!

Apr 16th, 2002, 03:02 PM
Poor Evie :( As an Evie fan Im disappointed and Im sure she is too...louloubelle I couldnt agree with you more. I was pissed off in Madrid last November as well...would it hurt to try her out? pfff.

Ausboy u think Dittman and Watson would be a better choice than Stosur (for doubles)? I disagree...Stosur is a pretty good doubles player (for her age and level), I think there isnt much between them. I still disagree with the decision tho and am pissed off Evie isnt in :( She did win a doubles title last year after all...

Eggy, I completely agree with you. Christina Wheeler is young and an excellent doubles player (and higher ranked)...why not choose her instead? Tennis Australia have put Sam Stosur on a pedestal and keep singing her praises? She has won *one* match all year...and that was in a $10K. I like the girl and I really hope she makes it, but I think there are others who are far more deserving in this case.

Good to see Rennae back :) With no Leslie it was obvious she'd be back. Her experience will really help out young Sam :)

p.s - If the tie came down to a deciding doubles rubber...I can guarantee you guys Stosur would not be in it. Pratt or Molik would partner Stubbsy. If its a dead rubber than Stosur woul obviously play - for the experience.

Apr 16th, 2002, 09:17 PM
I'm obviously glad to see Rennae back in the squad. It was a joke that she wasn't choosen for the team because Lesley didn't like her. You should never let personal feelings come into it, you should always do what is best for the squad.

I wish the Aussie team good luck, it's time to start rebuilding ;)

Apr 16th, 2002, 11:42 PM
Some errors in that article

to contest the tie against the formidable Belgiums

Belgians!!! *sigh*

Australia leads Belgium 5-2 in Fed Cup, however Australia has won the last two occasions (in 2000 and 2001).

Belgium won those last two meetings! *sigh*

:p ;)

Apr 16th, 2002, 11:50 PM
Terry I agree with you that Stosur is a better doubles player than Dittmann/Watson, but I was talking about singles :rolleyes:

Hence why I said all of them had beaten top 100 players hehe.

Either way if Molik or Pratt get injured we are stuffed!

We need a back up singles player and Evie was clearly the best option, she had several good wins in the last few weeks, and she's handy at doubles too!

Apr 17th, 2002, 04:30 AM
Sooooooo good to see Rennae back - Evonne seems to be willing to try something different - I like that to.

And in all honesty what chance does Australia have of winning???? Might as well blood some newbies, at least the Australia Fed Cup team isn't being picked using personal bias anymore. Good old Evonne - you've gotta love her!

Apr 17th, 2002, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by AUSBOY
Terry I agree with you that Stosur is a better doubles player than Dittmann/Watson, but I was talking about singles :rolleyes:

Well sooorreeeeeeee! :( :p hehe

Penne, if Kim isnt playing we have a very good chance of winning IMO...Pratt & Molik can take Callens (Henin is another matter tho :o) and in the doubles anything can happen....but if Kim plays I think its safe to say we are stuffed.

Apr 17th, 2002, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by Iva's#1fan
Well sooorreeeeeeee! hehe

So you should be!! Your an embarassment to society, all that hooking u do on your corner, don't think I don't know about those police pulling u over outside your place for not wearing a belt!

Now you can't deny that isn't true, Oh how I love to manipulate what you tell me :p

You filthy slut hehehehe :p

Apr 17th, 2002, 02:52 PM
Penne, if Kim isnt playing we have a very good chance of winning IMO...Pratt & Molik can take Callens

Actually Els is always able to raise her level for Fed Cup. She has played 4 singles matches so far and won them all. So I'm not so sure if Pratt or Molik can take her :p.

Fed Cup (WG-QF) BEL
World Group QF BEL v ESP 5-0

FC 01 Mar 1997 - 02 Mar 1997 Hard (I)
R1 W Arantxa SANCHEZ-VICARIO (ESP) 6-3 7-6(4)
R4 W Magui SERNA (ESP) 6-1 6-3

Fed Cup (WG-QF) NED
World Group QF BEL v NED 5-0

FC 17 Apr 1999 - 18 Apr 1999 Carpet (I)
R3 W Miriam OREMANS (NED) 6-1 7-6(6)

Fed Cup (WG-RR) RUS
World Group Group C BEL v FRA 2-1

FC 29 Apr 2000 - 29 Apr 2000 Carpet (I)
R1 W Julie HALARD-DECUGIS (FRA) 3-6 6-4 6-2

Apr 17th, 2002, 03:03 PM
Im sure they can Josh :p They are top 50 you know :angel:

Ausboy :eek: That time of the month? :o

Apr 17th, 2002, 04:11 PM
yes it's 'pick on the street corner hoe' day :angel:

Apr 17th, 2002, 07:01 PM
Australia has a pretty good team altough I don't think they'll be good enough to beat Belgium, especially not if Kim is playing:)
:bounce: :bounce:Go Belgium !!! :bounce: :bounce:

Apr 20th, 2002, 06:55 AM
Here is an article on Stosur's shock selection...(from Tennis Australia site)

BRISBANE, April 17 AAP - No one was more surprised by Samantha Stosur's shock Fed Cup tennis selection this week than the Gold Coast teenager.
Australian coach Evonne Goolagong Cawley dropped a bombshell when she overlooked eight higher ranked players and gave the world No.268 the nod for the Fed Cup away tie against defending champion Belgium in Brussels on the Anzac Day weekend.

Belgium's powerful squad consists of top ten players Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, supported by Els Callens and Laurence Courtois. "I got a call at home, it was really a pleasant surprise," said Stosur from Jackson, Mississippi, where she was contesting a satellite tournament. "I couldn't really believe it happened. They hadn't spoken to me before so I wasn't really thinking about it."

Stosur - until recently a student at Helensvale High on the Gold Coast - has already been described as one of the biggest selection shocks in Australian tennis history. She received her Fed Cup place - alongside Nicole Pratt, Alicia Molik and Rennae Stubbs - over higher ranked compatriots Evie Dominikovic (114), Rachel McQuillan (134), Bryanne Stewart (135), Cindy Watson (152), Christina Wheeler (187), Mireille Dittmann (210), Amanda Grahame (214) and Lisa McShea (242).

A Fed Cup debut marks a remarkable rise by Stosur who was the orange girl and hitting partner for the Fed Cup team in their clash against the Martina Hingis-led Swiss in Sydney only last year. It showed Goolagong Cawley, who made her Fed Cup debut at 19 in 1971, was prepared to gamble on a player without results or rankings but with abundant potential.

"This is totally out of the blue, she never expected at all to be picked for the Fed Cup," Samantha's mother Dianne said from the Gold Coast.
"It's pretty unbelievable. There are others in Australia ranked higher than Sam. When (Queensland Academy of Sport coach) Geoff Masters heard of her selection he had this blank look on his face but said `congratulations'. We met Evonne down in Melbourne and she is fantastic and unbelievable person.
"Sammy keeps her feet on the ground and she may not even get a game but it's a fantastic opportunity."

Goolagong Cawley will make a final decision on whether to play Stosur after taking in practice form when the Fed Cup team assembles in Brussels at the weekend. She said the strongly-built right hander had a mix of power and touch to surprise a few people and an unpredictability about her game that made her "different".

She said she had been waiting for a chance to blood Stosur after watching her impressive stint as a wild card at the Australian Women's Hardcourt titles at Royal Pines in January. Stosur - who has been working with the QAS and contesting junior tournaments overseas for the last three years - is in Mississippi as part of a two week stint on the United States satellite circuit.

Whether she plays or just tastes the Fed Cup experience in Belgium, it's still been an impressive ride for Stosur. "This is an important step for Sam," said Goolagong Cawley. "It will be a great experience for her. I played my first Fed Cup game when I was 19 with one of my childhood heroes, Margaret Court. I know what a special time it is."

So will Stosur if she gets the nod from Goolagong Cawley.


Impressive performance at the Gold Coast?....she won 2 games against Myskina!

Anyway good luck Sam :) I hope it works out for her...unfortunately she has come back from the American challenger's with 2 losses and no wins :(

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 20th, 2002, 08:45 AM
She received her Fed Cup place - alongside Nicole Pratt, Alicia Molik and Rennae Stubbs - over higher ranked compatriots Evie Dominikovic (114), Rachel McQuillan (134), Bryanne Stewart (135), Cindy Watson (152), Christina Wheeler (187), Mireille Dittmann (210), Amanda Grahame (214) and Lisa McShea (242).
What a pathetic! :o

Apr 22nd, 2002, 02:37 AM
im a little suprised but not overly, although i dont completely agree, i do understand what Evonne is doing, trying to raise up Stusur, a junior with potential, complketely a diff case than Evie, Christina, Bryanne,Cindy who have been around for longer, although i too would have gone with one of those four..most probably Evie, who only dropped from top 100 out of misfortune and i expect to see her back up there soon...

As for the choice of Rennae Stubbs, i agree completely, and whoever said that she only wins cos of Lisa is silly, cos Rennae has always been a great doubles player, just has got to concentrate more on it last couple of years cos she no longer plays singles, but she always had grewat doubles results..even mixed doubles, where she definately doesnt plat with Lisa..

good luck anyway girls..:)