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Mattographer
Jul 11th, 2002, 05:14 AM
Wednesday, 10 July, 2002

Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today confirmed Nicole Pratt [currently ranked 36 in singles], Alicia Molik [72], Evie Dominikovic [106], and Rennae Stubbs [currently ranked 2 in doubles] as the line-up which will take on the Netherlands in the upcoming Fed Cup World Group Play-off in Wollongong (July 20-21).

In accordance with the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) regulations, a nation's Fed Cup team must be nominated 10 days prior to the commencement of the Tie, but the Captain is not required to specify which players will play singles and doubles until the official draw on Friday 19 July.

The Dutch team will be represented by Miriam Oremans [94], Kristie Boogert [168], Amanda Hopmans [190] and Marielle Hoogland [270].

With less than a fortnight to go before the contest begins at WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, Goolagong Cawley is excited by the prospect of leading her first Optus Australian Fed Cup team on home soil.

"I think there will be a great atmosphere in the indoor venue when we take on the Dutch in ten days time and I can't wait to lead the girls on the court in front of a cheering homecrowd," Goolagong Cawley said.

"This will be the first time in more than 30 years that I will be part of a Fed Cup team playing in Australia so I'm really looking forward to it. The Dutch team have some experienced players in Oremans and Boogert so it's going to be a close Tie."

Meanwhile Australia's No.1 singles player, Nicole Pratt is also keen to continue Australia's Fed Cup campaign, "I think we've got a very good chance to defeat the Netherlands.

"On paper we definitely have the better team, although you can never take anything for granted when players are representing their country in Fed Cup because it always brings out your best.

"Our strength is our great team bond and we have the added advantage of playing at home, so I'm confident we can do well."

Australia must win this Fed Cup Tie to remain in the elite 16-nation World Group in the 2003 competition.

Frau Antje
Jul 11th, 2002, 06:51 PM
Amanda Hopmans is replaced by Silvana Bauer because Amanda is injured

Alek
Jul 11th, 2002, 07:43 PM
Come on Holland! :bounce:

Miriam :bounce: Silvana :D

Frau Antje
Jul 11th, 2002, 07:56 PM
thanks Alx for your support :kiss:

Tweety
Jul 11th, 2002, 08:11 PM
Hup :angel:

SM
Jul 12th, 2002, 03:00 PM
go nicole, shes ready to knock em down ;)

Zamboni
Jul 12th, 2002, 04:34 PM
Go Dutchies :)

TS
Jul 12th, 2002, 04:38 PM
Ugh Im surrounded by Dutchies :p

Go Aussies, you can do it :)

tim4
Jul 12th, 2002, 08:55 PM
Go Dutchies!!
Go Miriam, Go Kristie!!
Yes, you're surrounded by Dutchie fans!! Sorry about that ;) (not!)

CESSY
Jul 12th, 2002, 10:16 PM
IT'S GONNA BE A PIECE OF CAKE FOR AUSSIES!!!!!!

SM
Jul 13th, 2002, 01:25 AM
can anyone explain kristie boogerts game for me? interested to see how she goes

i know she pushed Henin at Wimbeldon last year really hard and thats about it

V.Melb
Jul 13th, 2002, 08:26 AM
Yes. Kristie is a very good grass courter - i remember she beat Julie-Halard in wimby on the grass once.
As far as i know she has a doublehanded backhand - right hander. She appears to stay at the baseline in singles although she must have some potential at the net coz of her good doubles record. She hits the ball quite solid and clean and but does not posses any huge weapons. - thats my take on her...
IMO nothing special as a singles player - but if she fires up she will do some damage from the baseline. You can never underestimate these girls - but i think Miriam is the better singles player.
With nicoles supreme fitness, consistency and forehand passing shot - she should have Kristie's number.
I hope its a good tie :)
GO AUSSIES! :D

Zamboni
Jul 13th, 2002, 05:28 PM
VMelb, not a bad description.

I think Miriam is a better singles player indeed but then on the other hand, she's been trough quite a lot the last weeks. Will she be able to handle that?

And then Amanda not able to play, I think that has done something with the group too. I think it's really gonna be hard for them :(

Kom op meiden!!!!!Succes!!!!

Benny
Jul 14th, 2002, 10:01 AM
Good Luck Australian girls:D:D:D:D!

bello
Jul 14th, 2002, 10:01 AM
Whats up with Seda Noorlander?? unavailable?
Gee this tie will be a good one for the Aussies. Maybe Holland should have resurrected Yvette Basting for the tie...where is she anyway???

V.Melb
Jul 14th, 2002, 11:30 AM
yes adnil, Miriam has had a tough time... but she also prooved that she can still play high quality tennis. who knows? maybe intensity the last couple of weeks will help her concentration...but one thing for shure is, she is experienced and can shurely hande the pressure of playing fed cup as she has many times before.
I think she will cause all the problems for aus....both on the singles and doubles court.
I think Fox Australia MIGHT give some coverage of this tie - so i hope to see the matches! :)

SM
Jul 14th, 2002, 01:35 PM
yup vixen ull probably get to see me with my friends..if its televised

we always do something to STAND OUT wherever we go, and they wanna make huge signs i mean HUGE one saying 'GO NICOLE' and ........one saying 'GO JELENA'..

and we arent doing it cos we a re extremely patriotic more like attention seekers

GoSandrine
Jul 14th, 2002, 02:29 PM
No offense to the Dutchies but I have to root for Team Australia here. Terry and Alex have been in the trenches with me far too often and one of my alltime top tenners, the lovely Miss Evonne Goolagong Cawley will be leading the strormin Aussie brigade...

GO NICOLE, ALICIA, EVIE, and RENNAE! :D

TS
Jul 14th, 2002, 03:56 PM
Ed :kiss: :bounce:

Nicky2002
Jul 14th, 2002, 04:43 PM
Go Aussie Girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Send them heading home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________________________________
Tammy "Queen of the grass"

tim4
Jul 14th, 2002, 08:49 PM
Kristie Boogert's game does include a fair few forays into the net - at Wimbledon 2001 and at Oz Open 2002 this was the case. Maybe she could be described as an all-court player. And I wish her good luck!!
She lost in 1st round quallies at Wimbledon the other week but I think that was because she'd been ill (with shingles) the week before. By now I hope she's fully fit and all fired up!!

Mattographer
Jul 15th, 2002, 03:22 AM
Go Aussies!! :D Especially Alicia Molik who bad records against Miriam Oremans!! :o I hope she can revenge Miriam on the weekend!! :fiery:

DutchieGirl
Jul 15th, 2002, 03:44 AM
Seda just wasn't picked for the team!

Well...I'm cheering for the Dutchies...I like their players better than the Aussie players! ;)

Zamboni
Jul 15th, 2002, 04:45 PM
bello, Seda isn't a team player, she's just left out like Sarah said. Yvette Basting has been injuried, and kinda lost track :( I think the team is ok, as good as we could get it ;)

Ed....how can you cheer for Australie here...:sad: Sarah's doing it the right way! :bounce:

GoSandrine
Jul 15th, 2002, 04:57 PM
Sorry Linda....hope you won't hold this against me. :( :kiss: