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spiceboy
Jul 5th, 2002, 04:26 PM
SILVIA FARINA
RITA GRANDE
FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE
ADRIANA SERRA ZANETTI

Having already 3 great singles players in the team I had chosen Vinci instead of Adriana for strong double pair but I'm happy anyway.

FORZA ITALIA

spiceboy
Jul 5th, 2002, 04:38 PM
OMG :eek: :eek: :eek: Italians really want to be in the final four next fall. After convincing all their best players to play on Bologna's clay in 2 weeks time they have decided not to charge admission to the stadium in order to get full support. (Agreement between ITF and organizers, I wonder how much tricky italians have paid to ITF to allow it ;) )

It looks it's going to be a tie not to be forgotten...

Irish
Jul 5th, 2002, 05:38 PM
This is a great team. The Italians should do really well. :D

Lleyki
Jul 5th, 2002, 06:22 PM
OMG what a team :eek:

anyways good luck to Els, Elke, Laurance and Caroline :bounce:
(they will need it :()

ChrisGermany
Jul 5th, 2002, 08:00 PM
Yes ! I wondered for years why the Italians let chances slip away to win matches due to Farina Grande and Co. not playing !

Now with Kim not playing and Silvia as top20 and the others as top50 players, they see a chance of winning it !!

Lindsayfan
Jul 5th, 2002, 09:30 PM
wow!that's a great news!Go Italian team! :) :) :)

TatiAnnahølic
Jul 5th, 2002, 10:29 PM
Vamos Rita and Italia ;)

V.Melb
Jul 6th, 2002, 03:17 AM
Very good team ... Farina and Schaivone stand out... Grande is a solid performer.. very good team :)

King Aaron
Jul 7th, 2002, 08:09 AM
It's a great team but having Roberta would be nice !!

Annekexxx
Jul 7th, 2002, 11:39 AM
Do they play on clay, grass or hardcourt?

Brαm
Jul 7th, 2002, 11:51 AM
red clay probably (right?)

Lindsayfan
Jul 7th, 2002, 12:31 PM
red clay

Elleke
Jul 8th, 2002, 07:06 PM
OMG...
:rolleyes: not good for the belgian team..
:sad: kim and justine had to play mja.. :sad:
now we gonna lose, but if els play as well she did in wimbledon against serena.. there will be a chance.. :)

The Crow
Jul 9th, 2002, 12:22 PM
Belgians are gonna be slaughtered :o

CJ1
Jul 10th, 2002, 11:56 AM
Great team - glad to seem them at full strength again :)

TS
Jul 10th, 2002, 01:55 PM
Great team :)

Yes, as a Roberta fan it would be nice to see her play doubles, but it would be very unfair to leave out Adriana...while she isnt in the best of form she has been the shining light for the Italian Fed Cup team when no-one else would play, so it would be quite insulting to leave her off I guess.

Go Italy!

spiceboy
Jul 10th, 2002, 05:00 PM
You're totally right Iva's#1 Fan :wavey:

GoSandrine
Jul 11th, 2002, 03:27 AM
Great to see Silvia, Rita, and Francesca join the Italian brigade. :D

Too bad Roby was left off but I guess I can see your point, Terry. :rolleyes:

Wrong choice though :p ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 11th, 2002, 05:53 PM
Roby is in the team now

Schiavone has withdrawn

Roby should be in the team anyway, she is way better at doubles then the rest of them put together

GIO 11/07/2002 La giocatrice Francesca Schiavone, convocata dal capitano Corrado Barazzutti in vista dell´incontro di Fed Cup Italia-Belgio, in programma a Bologna il 20 e 21 luglio e valido per i quarti di finale, ha comunicato oggi che non sarà in grado di far parte della squadra a causa di un infortunio muscolare. Al suo posto Barazzutti ha provveduto a convocare Roberta Vinci.
"Sono molto dispiaciuta di non poter vestire la maglia azzurra. A chi non dispiacerebbe?" ha commentato la Schiavone al telefono. "Spero proprio che questo problema non pregiudichi anche la mia partecipazione ai primi tornei americani che cominceranno tra due settimane...".
Sono stati intanto ufficializzati anche i nomi delle giocatrici che faranno parte della formazione belga, capitanata da Ivo Van Aken. Si tratta di Els Callens, Laurence Courtois, Elke Clijsters e Caroline Maes.
L´incontro si svolgerà al Circolo Tennis Bologna (Giardini Margherita) al quale, per l´occasione, è previsto l´ingresso gratuito. Le azzurre si ritroveranno a Bologna la sera di domenica 14 luglio per cominciare gli allenamenti il giorno dopo, mentre l´arrivo del Belgio è previsto per lunedì 15.

GoSandrine
Jul 12th, 2002, 01:08 AM
Oh, great to hear Roby made it after all! :bounce:

Sorry about Francesca though. :sad: I really like her, she's got spunk.

Can someone please translate? I hope she's not injured. :confused:

Lindsayfan
Jul 12th, 2002, 03:45 PM
Schiavone said "I'm very sorry I cant play in Fed Cup,i like playing it.I hope I'll recover from my injury in time for the hard-court season"

GoSandrine
Jul 13th, 2002, 10:50 AM
Thanks, Lindsayfan. :wavey:

Hopefully Francesca's injury isn't serious. I want to see her at the Open! :)

bello
Jul 14th, 2002, 10:11 AM
Finalmente queste giocatrici hanno deciso di rappresentare la nostra paese magnifica!!!! FORZA ITALIA!!!

GoSandrine
Jul 14th, 2002, 02:05 PM
I second whatever Bello said. :angel:

Come-on-kim
Jul 14th, 2002, 04:59 PM
Yes, Francesca withdrew!!!!!!!!!

Sorry for italians fans, but we (the Belgians) will need it!!!!

Jordan.
Jul 15th, 2002, 11:30 AM
Wow!Great team!Go Italians!

Come-on-kim
Jul 15th, 2002, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by Zvonareva
Wow!Great team!Go Italians!

Are you Belgian????

Benny
Jul 15th, 2002, 12:51 PM
Get Well Francesca!:sad::)

Good Luck Italy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 17th, 2002, 04:53 PM
Silvia will play doubles with Roby


MER 17/07/2002 Prosegue sui campi in terra del Circolo Tennis Bologna la preparazione della nazionale femminile che sabato e domenica prossimi sarà impegnata contro il Belgio nei quarti di finale del World Group di Fed Cup 2002. Con il coordinamento del capitano Corrado Barazzutti, le azzurre hanno completato oggi “la rifinitura tecnica” e da domani effettueranno, nei due giorni che mancano all’appuntamento agonistico, sessioni di allenamento più leggero.
Le giocatrici italiane, sulla base del piano di preparazione concordato con la Federtennis e sotto la supervisione del capitano selezionatore Corrado Barazzutti, si sono tutte allenate con i propri coach personali che le hanno accompagnate nella trasferta di Bologna. Silvia Farina con il marito-allenatore Francesco Elia, Rita Grande con il fratello-allenatore Vincenzo, Adriana Serra Zanetti con l’argentino residente a Rimini Patricio Remondegui e Roberta Vinci con Claudio Galoppini.
Nel pomeriggio, Barazzutti ha provato il doppio Farina-Vinci, che potrebbe essere quello maggiormente accreditato per la formazione ufficiale, vista l’esperienza e la posizione in classifica mondiale delle due giocatrici.
Prosegue parallelo anche l’allenamento della squadra belga capitanata da Ivo Van Acken e sulla cui formazione non trapela alcuna indiscrezione. Sembra comunque molto probabile che il capitano si affiderà per i singolari – e forse anche per il doppio - alle più esperte Els Callens (18 vittorie su 23 match disputati il suo record in Fed Cup)e Laurence Courtois (19 vittorie su 28), essendo sia Caroline Maes (20 anni) che Elke Clijsters (17 anni, sorella di Kim, attuale n. 5 del mondo) esordienti in Fed Cup. Le belghe si sono allenate sia tra di loro che con lo sparring partner Bart De Keersmaeker.
Ricordiamo che il Belgio è detentore del titolo 2001 di Fed Cup conquistato nello scorso autunno a Madrid battendo la Russia 2-1.
Venerdì il sorteggio sarà effettuato alle ore 12 nella Sala Conferenze della Sede del Quartiere S. Stefano – Il Barracano (via S. Stefano, 19 – Bologna).

GoSandrine
Jul 17th, 2002, 06:56 PM
I figured Roby would be teamed with either Rita or Silvia so I suppose Barrazutti went with the rankings and chose the higher ranked Silvia (#30 vs. #42). Either partner is fine with me - I love them both! :hearts:

Besides I don't think it will matter one way or the other. :angel:

spiceboy
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:18 PM
The article says that the italian captain tested the team Sivia / Roby but nothing has been decided.

It says too that the belgium captain apparently has chosen Courtois as her n.2 singles player :eek: :eek: :eek:
If he does that italians are 2-0 already ;)

Any choice for Belgium's n.2 player is a weak option but I think young Elke would be better for her team than semi-retired Laurence.

Lindsayfan
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:59 PM
it's strange that players practise with their own coaches...usually in Fed Cup they practise all together and coaches are banned.

spiceboy
Jul 17th, 2002, 09:14 PM
There's no universal rule for coaches during preparation for Fed Cup. It's up to the team's rules :wavey:

ChrisGermany
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:47 PM
I AM SO HAPPY for all Italians out there that you finally get that team you wished for !!!

Good luck to the Italians !

VIVA ITALIA !

Get the cup and live up to your potential !

You are already the FedCup winner of my heart now that you finally get a chance and let all your talented players form a TEAM !

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 18th, 2002, 03:42 AM
thanx Spiceboy ....... i didn't translate i just sort of guessed
as it said Farina & Vinci Doppio.

spiceboy
Jul 18th, 2002, 07:13 PM
Eggy ;)

Imagine if I see the article in Russian :eek: :confused: :rolleyes: :D :D :D

mboyle
Jul 18th, 2002, 09:03 PM
WOW! Originally, I thought for Sure that Italy would win 5-0 or 4-1, but with Schiavone leaving, it will be much closer. The tie probably revolves around how Els performs. Oh and Isn't Farina Elia 14 not 30? Serra Zanetti is 48 as well.

GoSandrine
Jul 18th, 2002, 09:08 PM
mboyle, I was referring to doubles ranking. ;)

mboyle
Jul 18th, 2002, 10:48 PM
Oh ok thank you I did not even check to see those rankings!

Brαm
Jul 19th, 2002, 12:04 PM
SILVIA FARINA
RITA GRANDE
ROBERTA VINCI
ADRIANA SERRA ZANETTI

vs.

ELS CALLENS
CAROLINE MAES
LAURENCE COURTOIS
ELKE CLIJSTERS

:eek: :eek: :eek:

CJ1
Jul 19th, 2002, 12:34 PM
Here's the schedule:Italy v Belgium
Venue: Circolo Tennis Bologna, Bologna
Surface: Clay – outdoors

Rita Grande (ITA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) v Caroline Maes (BEL)
Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Rita Grande (ITA) v Caroline Maes (BEL)
Silvia Farina Elia/Roberta Vinci (ITA) v
Els Callens/Laurence Courtois (BEL

saki
Jul 19th, 2002, 01:26 PM
Pfft. I thought they'd get Elke to play doubles with Els.

Elleke
Jul 19th, 2002, 02:30 PM
I think it's better elke iso. caroline

spiceboy
Jul 20th, 2002, 12:39 AM
Schiavone is playing in Stanford next week, that's what I call a speedy recovery :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

coli
Jul 20th, 2002, 03:32 PM
GO ITALY!!!!!!!