View Full Version : The little country that could... and her hero!

Jul 21st, 2002, 07:38 PM
The little country that could could actually apply to Slovakia but with Daniela and Janette on the team nobody could ever call Slovakia a "little" tennis country. Congratulations Daniela on a tough win over Amelie.

No, in this case, I am referring to AUSTRIA. The country that Billie Jean King seem to think would just lay down for the mighty American team. We all know what happened there... what happened is that Barbara Schwartz stepped it up and beat Seles and Shaughnessy. I believe that had Capriati played the result would have been the same. Cappy was not in form on clay and Barbara IS A HERO.

Barbara has shown that despite her ranking, injuries and fatigue that she will lay life and limb on the line for AUSTRIA. I get all verklemmt when I read the scorelines of her matches and her quotes below. I really have grown to LOVE THIS WOMAN BARBARA SCHWARTZ.

I don't think that AUSTRIA is now the fave to win the whole thing but I do think that they CAN beat SPAIN. It will be very tough because Spain is a great Fed Cup country. But if Austria can make it to the finals who knows what can happen.


Sunday, July 21
Hantuchova beats Mauresmo; Austria in semis
BRATISLAVA -- Daniela Hantuchova came out on top in the most anticipated clash of the Fed Cup quarterfinals as she strode past Wimbledon semifinalist Amelie Mauresmo 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to hand Slovakia a 2-1 edge over France.

World No. 12 Hantuchova, hoping to guide her country to their first title at the women's premier team event, started off sluggishly on the indoor carpet but soon found her footing to reel off a string of winners and level the contest at a set apiece.

The darling of the Slovak fans, who like Mauresmo was beaten by Serena Williams at Wimbledon earlier this month, then upped the tempo to clinch the match in the decider.

France, champions in 1997, now have to win both of Sunday's remaining matches to advance into the last four for a possible meeting with either Italy or holders Belgium.

Italy and Belgium, who are without the services of top players Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin for the quarterfinal clash, are locked at 1-1 in their tie in Bologna.

Schwartz guides Austria to semifinals
PORTSCHACH, Austria -- Barbara Schwartz fought her way back from three match points to outwit Jelena Kostanic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) and guide Austria to the Fed Cup semifinals for only the second time in their history.

Schwartz, who masterminded the United States' downfall in the previous round in April by winning both her singles clashes, kept her unbeaten run in this year's competition intact to give the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 winning lead over Croatia.

Austria has now equaled its best Fed Cup performance by reaching the final four for the first time since 1990.

But Schwartz, who easily beat Croatian number one Iva Majoli in the opening singles clash on Saturday, had to fight her way back from a set down before finally prevailing in a thrilling decider, which saw her save three match points at 4-5 down.

"I always knew that despite our 2-0 lead it could still get close," Schwartz said. "Therefore I am very happy indeed."

"The atmosphere here was unbelievable. It was like being a cauldron because of the heat but all in all it was incredible."

But Schwartz, who battled in hot temperatures, was not in a mood to give up and clawed her way out of a seemingly impossible situation.

"I just do not give up -- especially when I am playing for Austria," said the 69th ranked Schwartz.

Earlier, Majoli had handed Croatia a lifeline by defeating Barbara Schett 6-4, 6-3 in the first of the reverse singles.

Austria, who needed to win only one of Sunday's three matches to clinch a place in the semifinals, were pulled back to 2-1 after Majoli managed to end a disastrous run in the women's team competition.

The 1997 French Open champion went into the clash against Schett having lost all of her three singles matches in this year's Fed Cup.

But Majoli was determined to keep Croatia in the hunt for a semifinal spot and sent Schett scurrying around on the slow red clay as she dictated play from the baseline.

Although the partisan crowd at the Portschach Werzer Arena tried to roar on Schett, she lacked staying power and wilted under a barrage of powerful groundstrokes from the Majoli forehand.

Austria will face Spain in the semifinals in October.

Spain took a winning 3-0 lead over Germany after Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario battled past Martina Muller 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.


Jul 21st, 2002, 10:19 PM
Barbara Schwartz is really gifted, which given her ranking, perhaps few people know. Also, as she said in her interview, there is no "give up" in this girl. I saw her in the tie vs. the U.S. and while some would have people believe that Monica and Meghann fell apart, it's simply not true. Schwartz played some amazing tennis that week-end fighting off set points (vs. Monica) and a match point (vs. Meg). She really deserves KUDOS for her Fed Cup play.

Jul 21st, 2002, 10:36 PM
your usually classy stuff EC :D

Jul 22nd, 2002, 02:22 AM
Well done girls! Thanks for the article.

Hopefully Barbara will continue to do well! :)

Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:03 AM
Thank you for this post, treufreund. Barbara Schwartz is most deserving of all the praise!

Go Babsi!

Jul 22nd, 2002, 04:08 AM
Some more photos:




Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:23 AM
Both Babsi's contributed. It takes three to win. :) That picture of Schett doing the split makes me nervous. Ouch.

Jul 22nd, 2002, 07:34 AM
Good job Austria!!

Crazy Canuck
Jul 22nd, 2002, 09:48 AM
Congrats Austria :D

and yeow! at that pic of Schett :o

Jul 22nd, 2002, 10:50 AM
schwartz is probably THE fed cup player.

Jul 22nd, 2002, 11:10 AM
um if Jenny would have played she would have beat Fauth and given the USA a 3-2 win at least!

Jul 22nd, 2002, 01:06 PM
Patricia Wartusch is gorgeous! :eek: :) :D

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 22nd, 2002, 01:26 PM
I was also there at Fed Cup in Charlotte. I was going in with a huge disgust of Schwartz - after all, she beat Venus at the 1999 French saving 3 match points. Needless to say, there was not much love of her from me.

During the 2 days, I became a huge fan of this girl. On the court she was awesome - incredible motivation, shots at the right time, etc. In the interview room she was hilarious, confident, yet pleased to do what she had done - all with a confidence that she expected it of herself.

I only wish she would stay injury free and get into the top 20 ASAP! Go Barbara! :D