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~|Naomi|~
Jan 6th, 2008, 03:05 AM
Thought it was time for a new Fed Cup thread:bounce:

Czech Republic v Slovak Republic
BRNO Exhibition center - Hall B, BRNO, Czech Republic
Stadium Capacity: 3800
02 February - 03 February 2008
Day 1: 13.00 (12.00 GMT)
Day 2: 12.00 (11.00 GMT)
Surface: Carpet (Supreme) - Indoors
Ball Type: Wilson Australian Open

Head to Head Czechs lead 2-0. This is the first time they meet in Czech Republic the first two times were both in Bratislava.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 6th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Have we heard anything about the teams?
Obviously Lucie & Nicole are definites if they are fit and available.
But who else do you think they should pick on the Czech team? Zakapalova? She lost 6-0 6-2 to Pironkova today:o but is the 3rd ranked Czech in singles at 61. Then maybe Benesova, she has dropped out of top 100 in singles but in doubles is 34.
Is Peshke available? She is the top Czech in doubles. Maybe they should go for Benesova and Peschke as the 3rd and 4th players to have a strong doubles team?
Or perhaps Nicole, Lucie, Zakapalova and Peschke with Peschke to partner Nicole in doubles?

Yellow Moon
Jan 22nd, 2008, 04:21 PM
New Fed Cup captain (Petr Pala) has made a line-up for Feb 2-3 matchup agst SVK in Brno:
1. Nicole Vaidisova
2. Lucie Safarova
3. Kveta Peschke
4. Petra Cetkovska
5. Iveta Benesova (alt)

Kai
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:24 PM
Petra Cetkovska over Iveta ?? :unsure:
but its okay Iveta can play qualies in Paris now :D

Wiggly
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:24 PM
My God! That captain obviously doesn't like much Barbora, Iveta and Petra K. :tape:

Lucie lost to Castano. I wouldn't be surprised to see her lose the two Singles. And it's not Petra or Kveta who will go on to beat Cibulkova or Hantuchova. :tape: Nicole must win he two aswell.

Slovaks will have the best Doubles team. Barbora or Iveta would' been a MUCH better choice.

:help:.

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:45 PM
I think there are major problems with Kveta and Iveta - play played doubles against each other the other day and Iveta didnt even look at Kveta at the handshake.



Also Kveta only played 2 singles tournament last year both on clay and beat Nadia Petrova at the French Open :p

Wiggly
Jan 23rd, 2008, 02:15 AM
I think there are major problems with Kveta and Iveta - play played doubles against each other the other day and Iveta didnt even look at Kveta at the handshake.



Also Kveta only played 2 singles tournament last year both on clay and beat Nadia Petrova at the French Open :p

Well, obviously, you CAN'T have Kveta/Iveta as a team.
It's always nice to have a good player to support the top two.
Unfortunately, all Czech girls except Nicole are sucking big time at this moment.

I always tought Nicole, Lucie, Iveta, Barbora and Petra was a good team and would be the team for a few years.

Iveta was often described as the best Doubles player of all four players (she beat Thailand by herself or so).

It's just weird to put Petra C. when it's a super important tie. If Iveta is too mad at Kveta, take Barbora?

Lunaris
Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:12 AM
I too thought Barbora would be a better choice (to play with Nicole after they beat Raymond/Schiavone). Safarova might not play at all, so it's basically on Nicole's shoulders. Though it's possible Hantuchova won't play to rest a bit after Melbourne, that would suck for the spectators however. :(

Yellow Moon
Jan 23rd, 2008, 08:26 PM
Well, obviously, you CAN'T have Kveta/Iveta as a team.
I hope you're wrong. It's the only way left for them to get on the Olympic team. I heard Iveta say she really would love to go the Olympics...

davidmario
Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:18 PM
Kveta is too strong in doubles to not give her a spot. I think Benesova is not the player who should be playing fedcup, she's so weak mentally. I remember the doubles tiebreak against France 2 years ago:sad: She was on such low confidence. What about Kveta/Barbora as doubles? Barbora is good in doubles too.

Wiggly
Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:32 PM
http://sport.idnes.cz/pala-nominace-na-fed-cup-se-muze-zmenit-dhd-/tenis.asp?c=A080122_164332_tenis_bur

Maybe there is some explanation there.

Farina Elia Fan
Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:02 PM
http://sport.idnes.cz/pala-nominace-na-fed-cup-se-muze-zmenit-dhd-/tenis.asp?c=A080122_164332_tenis_bur

Maybe there is some explanation there.

need a translation lol

Yellow Moon
Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:08 PM
can't extract much info of substance, but it says Iveta won't go merely as a sparring partner, but a full-valued player and placement on court can change at the last minute. When you look at WTA ranking, Pala picks the players from highest to lowest/experienced. And Petra is numerically above Iveta...

Lunaris
Jan 24th, 2008, 08:17 AM
can't extract much info of substance, but it says Iveta won't go merely as a sparring partner, but a full-valued player and placement on court can change at the last minute. When you look at WTA ranking, Pala picks the players from highest to lowest/experienced. And Petra is numerically above Iveta...
Yeah, that's basically what Pala said.

Bennguin1491
Jan 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM
yay for petra!

i'd be shocked if lucie plays, with her injury/poor form.

tomasandLucie
Jan 25th, 2008, 02:48 AM
I dont think that lucie is necessarily is bad form she played quite well in the hopman cup and open round of sydney but obviously her injury will be a concern. If she is fit and healthy I think she will win at least one singles

Lunaris
Jan 26th, 2008, 09:36 AM
Lucie said nothing should prevent her from playing.

http://sport.idnes.cz/start-safarove-ve-fed-cupu-neni-ohrozen-fcg-/tenis.asp?c=A080124_135952_tenis_elv

Vaidisova
Jan 30th, 2008, 02:23 AM
http://i30.tinypic.com/e0il1w.jpg

Kai
Jan 30th, 2008, 04:01 PM
so Kveta is out and Iveta in :unsure: ??

davidmario
Jan 30th, 2008, 06:32 PM
:eek: any more pics? hope that kveta just arrives a bit later since she will play only doubles.

Wiggly
Jan 30th, 2008, 10:38 PM
http://sport.idnes.cz/hantuchovou-neresime-tvrdi-nicole-vaidisova-fnk-/tenis.asp?c=A080130_135028_tenis_bur

"V případě absence Hantuchové jsme jednoznačnými favority, máme osmdesátiprocentní naději na vítězství," řekl Pála, který už ve čtvrtek propustí domů náhradnici Ivetu Benešovou, jež plnila v prvních třech dnech v českém týmu roli tréninkové partnerky.

That site should have an English version. :o

Yellow Moon
Jan 30th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Here is a pic of the new capt'n Petr Pala
http://www.protenis.cz/sazky/admin/upload/20080129185115_p.jpg
also read Kveta arrived tonite.. :)

Vaidisova
Jan 30th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Is there any news on whether Daniela is playing or not? I read she had not yet decided...

iPatty
Jan 30th, 2008, 11:42 PM
I wish Kvitova was on the team, but she has to go play Paris qualies, which I value much more than Fed Cup.

Good luck to the Czechs, mainly Lucie. :o Don't get blown blow yourself off the court. :lol:

Vaidisova
Jan 31st, 2008, 12:49 AM
http://i26.tinypic.com/2hh3fqa.jpg

jelena_jankovic
Jan 31st, 2008, 09:58 AM
http://i26.tinypic.com/2hh3fqa.jpg


Hmm...why does Nicole never wear a team suit???:rolleyes:
It's not only about team spirit...it just does not look good:tape:

jelena_jankovic
Jan 31st, 2008, 10:01 AM
Kveta is too strong in doubles to not give her a spot. I think Benesova is not the player who should be playing fedcup, she's so weak mentally. I remember the doubles tiebreak against France 2 years ago:sad: She was on such low confidence. What about Kveta/Barbora as doubles? Barbora is good in doubles too.

The best team for Peking would be Vladka Uhlirova and Kveta!
Just take a look at the rankings;)
Furthermore their styles would combine perfectly!!!
Vladka is a classic serve-and-volley-player with amazing reactionj at the net and Kveta has a lot of pow from the baseline:lick:

Lunaris
Jan 31st, 2008, 11:42 AM
http://sport.idnes.cz/hantuchovou-neresime-tvrdi-nicole-vaidisova-fnk-/tenis.asp?c=A080130_135028_tenis_bur

"V případě absence Hantuchové jsme jednoznačnými favority, máme osmdesátiprocentní naději na vítězství," řekl Pála, který už ve čtvrtek propustí domů náhradnici Ivetu Benešovou, jež plnila v prvních třech dnech v českém týmu roli tréninkové partnerky.

That site should have an English version. :o
Why? :p
Pála said that if Hantuchova wasn't playing the Czechs would be clear favourites to win and that he would send Benesova home on Thursday (today), she was only a sparring partner.
I guess Iveta might play Paris afterall.

Is there any news on whether Daniela is playing or not? I read she had not yet decided...
No news, but nobody in Slovakia expects her to play anymore.

edit: Daniela isn't playing. It's official. Slovak singles players are Cibulkova and Rybarikova.

Lunaris
Feb 1st, 2008, 12:29 PM
Safarova withdrew so Benesova stays with the team and is nominated to play doubles pairing Peschke. I, however, hope that Nicole would play doubles with Kveta if the score was 2-2. Nothing against Iveta but I don't believe her much.

Wiggly
Feb 1st, 2008, 10:39 PM
I expect Nicole to win both and Petra to lose...both. If she wins one, it's over.

iPatty
Feb 1st, 2008, 10:54 PM
Lucie withdrew? :sobbing: Is it still the groin injury?

Vaidisova
Feb 2nd, 2008, 03:25 PM
R1 - D.CIBULKOVA (SVK) def. P.CETKOVSKA (CZE) 7-5 6-3
R2 - N.VAIDISOVA (CZE) def. M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK) 7-5 6-4

Bennguin1491
Feb 2nd, 2008, 08:10 PM
I expect Nicole to win both and Petra to lose...both. If she wins one, it's over.

i don't know....i think petra can beat rybarikova....but we'll see i guess.... :shrug:

davidmario
Feb 2nd, 2008, 11:32 PM
i just hope kveta and iveta manage to get along with each other!

Wiggly
Feb 3rd, 2008, 02:54 PM
i just hope kveta and iveta manage to get along with each other!

Nicole won in three, Petra lost in two.
Kveta is playing with Nicole.

Yesterday, there was soem talk about Iveta playing Singles and Doubles. Wonder what happened. :scared:

Nervenbuendel
Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:20 PM
Is this fair or what happened here? Iveta wasn't allowed to play (?) although the tie took place in her home town and it was her birthday weekend? To add one more: she abandoned quali at Gaz de France Paris, all for nothing?

Vaidisova
Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:24 PM
K.PESCHKE / N.VAIDISOVA (CZE) def. D.CIBULKOVA / J.HUSAROVA (SVK) 6-1 2-6 6-4 :woohoo:

Czechs win 3-2 :yeah:

Wiggly
Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:24 PM
Is this fair or what happened here? Iveta wasn't allowed to play (?) although the tie took place in her home town and it was her birthday weekend? To add one more: she abandoned quali at Gaz de France Paris, all for nothing?

I think the captain wasn't sure she could handle her nerves so he nominated Nicole, becaus she can wins Fed Cup matches and recently she showed some good Doubles form.

Wiggly
Feb 3rd, 2008, 04:27 PM
Well done girls!
Nicole, as always, showed why she is the leader of the team. She now has an impressive record of 12-2!
Good effort by Petra and Kveta.

Pala did a good job for his first Tie.

Now, they better NOT draw Israel. :tape:

Vaidisova
Feb 3rd, 2008, 08:06 PM
Vaidisova and Peschke seal Czech win
The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Lubos Topolanek, was watching on site when the Czech tennis players celebrated their victory over the Slovak Republic in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round tie in Brno.

Nicole Vaidisova recovered from a poor start to defeat Slovak Republic’s Dominika Cibulkova 36 63 61 and give the Czech Republic an expected 2-1 lead ahead of the second match on Sunday. World No. 207 Magdalena Rybarikova then overcame Petra Cetkovska 64 63 to level the tie.

In the end it all came down to the deciding doubles match. Czech captain Petr Pala changed the nominations, choosing Nicole Vaidisova rather than Iveta Benesova to partner Kveta Peschke.

Peschke, who was the best player in this match, and Vaidisova were playing together for only the second time ever, but they immediately produced some beautiful strokes and took the first set in just 22 minutes. However, Slovak hopes remained alive after they won the second set 62.

There were five breaks of serve in the third set with the final one at 4-4 for the Czechs. The Slovak team was only five points away from a win but it was Vaidisova who ended the tie with two aces and celebrated with all the people in Brno Exhibition Center.

"I want to play Olympic doubles tournament with Nicole now," Peschke said. "She was a very good doubles pupil today, we had a very good harmony," she added with a smile. Vaidisova said: "I was so nervous. And now I am so happy." Regarding the change in the Czech doubles nomination she remarked: "It was a team decision. Captain said that it will be the best solution."

The disappointed Slovak captain Mojmír Mihal said: “It´s the sport, it´s the tennis. I would like to congratulate all the girls, who compete on this tie. I am very proud on my team.”

Three-set thriller for Vaidisova

In the day’s first singles match Vaidisova played a three-set thriller against Dominika Cibulkova, which was reminiscent of their quarterfinal encounter in Bratislava last year. Vaidisova, however was aware that she was defeated in an exhibition match against Cibulkova in Chile two months ago. “But to play the Fed Cup tie is absolutely different than a exhibition where you enjoy the play with the people,” Cibulkova said.

World No.14 Vaidisova was full of confidence after Saturday´s win over Rybarikova. However, the hard-hitting Czech, who made some wonderful returns which were marred by horrible unforced errors, lost the first set 36 and had to do her best to regain her composure and fight back. “In the first set, Dominika let me nothing. But I calm down after that,” Vaidisova said.

Vaidisova immediately broke the Slovak player on her first service in the second set but Cibulkova did not panic and retrieved the break following some excellent attacks at the net. At 3-3, Vaidisova hustled her way to another break point that she converted to win the crucial seventh game. Helped by the non-stop cries of "Nicole, Nicole" from the thousands of Czech supporters, vaidisova proceeded to win the next eight games in a row.

"The people in the arena were super. I had a strong feeling that I am playing at home. I didn’t think that I am a team player but the crowd helped me," said Vaidisova.

There was no stopping the Czech No.1 after that, she raced through the final set in just 27 minutes, finishing the match with her 13th ace.
"My serve was a little bit frustrating," Cibulkova said of her 62 per cent first serve. "And Nicole served in the second and third set fantastic. This is the main reason of my defeat. I am very sad."

Vaidisova can pride herself on an impressive 11-1 Fed Cup singles record, putting her fourth best on the list of Czech players, behind three ‘titans’, Sukova, Mandlikova and Novotna.

An easy victory for Rybarikova

The second match of the day saw Czech No.2 Petra Cetkovska’s tendency to wobble at crucial points in the match. The world No.107 struck the first blow, breaking Rybarikova in the first game with confidence-boosting winners. But Rybarikova, a former Wimbledon junior singles finalist, came out strongly after that, breaking Cetkovska three times to win the first set 64.

This gave the Slovak No.2 enough confidence to keep her level of play above that of her higher ranked opponent and Rybarikova slowly wrestled control. Trailing 4-2, Cetkovska broke Rybarikova´s serve but another series of terrible unforced errors from the Czech player decided this rubber.

"I love this type of competitions. I am six-times more disappointed then after a defeat at the WTA Tournament," said Cetkovska, crying. "I wanted to be agressive to Rybarikova´s backhand, I wanted to go often to the net, but nothing worked." Rybarikova added: “It was very tough match and I was nervous. She played very good, but then I start to play stronger.”

The Czech players, who are in the World Group Play-off’s for a fourth successive time, having lost their previous play-off ties against Italy, France and Spain, now eagerly await the outcome of the draw.

“I want to be on the court for the next Fed Cup tie. And I wish we will play in Brno again. I was born here, it’s my city,” said Lucie Safarova, who withdrew from this match with a gluteal injury, but helped her team from the bench.

Sharapower8
Feb 3rd, 2008, 08:15 PM
Congratulations to them :kiss:

Yellow Moon
Feb 4th, 2008, 03:22 PM
well done, CZE girls!
btw, some nice pics from opening ceremony and individual matches (action pics of Nicole and Kveta!) on http://www.sempress.cz/index.php .
(May have to search for "Fed Cup" in the field before "OK"

Wiggly
Feb 6th, 2008, 01:02 AM
DAMN. The girls will faces Israel in Israel.

All the girls can destroys Ozbiler whenever they want but the crowd.
I'm worried that Nicole and Lucie might loose it mentally.

lucho_coria
Feb 6th, 2008, 02:34 AM
congratulations

Janine*OnTheTour
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:27 PM
here are my photos from that tie

Fed Cup CZE def. SVK (http://www.international-sport-photos.de/gallery/index.php?cat=87)

Wiggly
Feb 6th, 2008, 10:15 PM
here are my photos from that tie

Fed Cup CZE def. SVK (http://www.international-sport-photos.de/gallery/index.php?cat=87)

Nice pics! The girls seemed to have fun.

Neptune
Feb 12th, 2008, 12:35 PM
I just read that Nicole will maybe not play the tie in Israel as she doesn't have a great relation with the coach.Just gossip about the press or there is a real conflict between her and the coach?
I still believe that the team look stronger than Israel's team even without Nicole if Safarova plays.

Lunaris
Feb 12th, 2008, 03:55 PM
She said she would consider her start against Israel but added the problem was not the captain. She was rather unspecific as why she would consider playing but I think she will be there. Her relationship with national team was always good.

Neptune
Feb 13th, 2008, 10:41 AM
She said she would consider her start against Israel but added the problem was not the captain. She was rather unspecific as why she would consider playing but I think she will be there. Her relationship with national team was always good.

Ok, thanks :angel:

Wiggly
Feb 13th, 2008, 01:02 PM
Without Nicole, it's going to be Mission Impossible.

itzhak
Mar 13th, 2008, 10:32 AM
There is something new about the team that gonna to play in Israel, assuming that Nicole is not playing? Who are the players that will come alongside Safarova?

Jojo_
Mar 13th, 2008, 11:38 AM
i think without Nicole it's possible, you are a great Czech team (Lucie, Kveta, Kookie ...)

Lunaris
Mar 13th, 2008, 06:17 PM
There is something new about the team that gonna to play in Israel, assuming that Nicole is not playing? Who are the players that will come alongside Safarova?
No news yet, I think it's still relatively early to announce any names. Wait until like two weeks prior to the event. Regardless of who will play for Czechia the Israeli team with Shahar should win, especially if the crowd will be as hostile as against Russia.

itzhak
Mar 13th, 2008, 07:32 PM
The crowd will not be hostile as against Russia but it will be noisy.

itzhak
Mar 27th, 2008, 03:06 PM
breaking news: according to the Israeli media, Nicole IS going to play in the fed cup against Israel after intensive talks between the the czech Federetion and Nicole's agents. it is still not official but this is the latest news today.

Wiggly
Mar 29th, 2008, 07:18 PM
breaking news: according to the Israeli media, Nicole IS going to play in the fed cup against Israel after intensive talks between the the czech Federetion and Nicole's agents. it is still not official but this is the latest news today.

Good. :lol:

itzhak
Apr 15th, 2008, 07:14 PM
According to the Israeli media (this is in Hebrew so link will not help) who talked with the Israeli tennis federation, the Czech team will be: Safarova, Zakopalova, Kvitova and Kveta. according to this report, the problem with Nicole was her demand of more money and conditions in the fed cup but after long talks, the result was negative.

I personally doubt this, but tomorrow morning the teams will be officially announced and will appear in the fed cup site.

Wiggly
Apr 15th, 2008, 08:57 PM
According to the Israeli media (this is in Hebrew so link will not help) who talked with the Israeli tennis federation, the Czech team will be: Safarova, Zakopalova, Kvitova and Kveta. according to this report, the problem with Nicole was her demand of more money and conditions in the fed cup but after long talks, the result was negative.

I personally doubt this, but tomorrow morning the teams will be officially announced and will appear in the fed cup site.

Lucie's in slump, Klara will never be able to cope with the Israeli crowd, Kvitova is the only hope.

How are they going to built a Doubles team with these 3 Singles players?:tape:

Lunaris
Apr 15th, 2008, 09:22 PM
A team usually consists of three singles players, so one can be replaced in case of an injury, and one doubles player. I think Klara can play doubles if need be.

~|Naomi|~
Apr 15th, 2008, 11:54 PM
I'm a bit surprised Benesova isn't in the team to play doubles with Kveta. But given Lucie's singles form it does make sense to take a 3rd singles player in case....

Kvitova is going to need a big weekend for the Czechs to be any chance.

I hate it when players demand more money to play for their country. So if that report is correct, poor form Nicole:rolleyes: Playing for your country is an honour you shouldn't need to be paid.

Lunaris
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:14 PM
Iveta will play, not Klara. Seems that the Israeli media got it wrong. I just hope she will keep her current form and won't be bothered by transition from clay back to hardcourt. :unsure:

Yellow Moon
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:32 PM
Line-up:
Lucie Safarova (39)
Petra Kvitova (98)
Iveta Benesova (132)
Kveta Pescke (5-dblz)
captain: Petr Pala

Sahar Peer (18)
Tzipora Obziler (97)
Julia Glushko (744)
Chen Astrugo (935)
captain: Oded Jacob

~|Naomi|~
Apr 17th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Benesova makes much more sense:)Gives them an experienced doubles pairing. Iveta also had a great win in singles in Estoril over Pennetta but like Lunaris said this is on hardcourt.

The Czechs really need to win both singles matches against the Israeli Number 2:speakles:

Wiggly
Apr 17th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Benesova makes much more sense:)Gives them an experienced doubles pairing. Iveta also had a great win in singles in Estoril over Pennetta but like Lunaris said this is on hardcourt.

The Czechs really need to win both singles matches against the Israeli Number 2:speakles:

Yes. A loss to Ozbiler and it's over. Unless Lucie gets her game together or Petra overpowers Shahar.

itzhak
Apr 21st, 2008, 03:26 PM
The Cezch team (not all of the team) arrived today in Israel. Lucie and Petra already started to practice at Canada stadium in Ramat Hasharon. It will be very very hot in the next days but The Cezch Captain was happy with the weather and with the sun. He did not spoke much about the reason behind Nicole's desicion not to come but he said that they come to win although it will be tough without her.

more deteils later, here is link to the news but it is in hebrew. in the middle of the report you can find a video of the first practice in Israel:

http://www.one.co.il/Article/114591.html

itzhak
Apr 21st, 2008, 03:43 PM
Iveta and Kveta will come tomorrow. Lucie said today that until now the conditions are excellent but she know that it will be very tough especially with the Israeli crowd and that she had tough matches against Shahar. However, they want to win and that they are in good spirit.

Shahar said that the fact that Nicole is not here will not make the mission easier because the rest of the Cezch team will play with more motivation. She said that Lucie is very danger on this surface and Iveta and Petra are in excellent form right now so it will be very tough, and she hopes that the crowd will push the Israeli team in the weekend.

Right now, it seems that the stadium will not be full because of the high prices and the lack of Nicole Vaidisova as she was the main attraction for this tie like Sharapova was in the 1/4 finals.

itzhak
Apr 24th, 2008, 03:51 PM
The draw:

Saturday: 1st match= Peer-Kvitova
2nd match=Safarova-Obziler

Sunday: 1st match= Peer-Safarova
2nd match=Kvitova-Obziler

Lunaris
Apr 24th, 2008, 04:15 PM
We'll be lucky to win one point...

itzhak
Apr 24th, 2008, 06:11 PM
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lauraa00
Apr 24th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Iveta seems always to be bored on these type of photographs

iPatty
Apr 24th, 2008, 08:47 PM
We'll be lucky to win one point...

Why do you say that?
Surely Petra and Lucie can beat Obziler. :o

Thanks for the photos, is it impossible for Iveta to smile or something? :rolleyes:

Too bad this isn't televised, two of my very favorite players playing on the same day. :)

Wiggly
Apr 24th, 2008, 09:00 PM
Usually Iveta smiles during the Fed Cup presentation.

Estoril:unsure:

GO PETRA AND LUCIE!

dybbuk
Apr 24th, 2008, 09:30 PM
Thanks for pics. :D

Iveta, Petra, Lucie. :inlove:

itzhak
Apr 25th, 2008, 07:05 AM
Iveta was kind of angry, she thought that she will play and right after the draw she run away and not waited for the other girls.

All the matches will be live in www.sport5.co.il

iPatty
Apr 25th, 2008, 11:10 AM
That's funny, she seems to be really full of herself.

justine schnyder
Apr 25th, 2008, 01:24 PM
That's funny, she seems to be really full of herself.

She thought that after she reached the final in Estoril and was in good shape, the capitan would prefer she'd play over Kvitova, but he didn't so she was very mad.

Anyway, like Ithak posted the matches will be shown live in that site, I hope it works in all the countries (With Hebrew commentry :D probably :) ), you'll see in the front page a picture of Peer or something like that so click it :wavey:

Wiggly
Apr 25th, 2008, 02:21 PM
Worst case scenario just happened. :o

Nervenbuendel
Apr 25th, 2008, 06:42 PM
Well, if I was Iveta I would have acted the same way to be honest. She has a winning strike of 13-2 on clay and hardcourt and is confronted with the same old bullshit like the tie before - a pure horror. In addition: she has to team up with Kveta who told her preference in doubles for Olympia is Nicole, the mess is perfect.

Wiggly
Apr 25th, 2008, 09:42 PM
That's funny, she seems to be really full of herself.

I don't know, Benesova will really probably play now with her run in Estoril.

See? You expected Iveta to play. 50K Title, 75K final, Tier IV final ; tha's a fine form.

Iveta missed Paris for nothing in April. She might ruin her clay season, when she is playing "shit hot tennis" because of that tie.

iPatty
Apr 25th, 2008, 10:17 PM
If she was a team player, she wouldn't have been so pissed off after not being chosen and been supportive of her teammate. Instead she acted extremely immaturely. You don't know what happened at practice, Petra might have kicked her butt in practice sets, who knows?

The bottom-line is that Petra was chosen and Iveta took the immature route in her reaction.

Wiggly
Apr 26th, 2008, 01:10 PM
Petra def. Peer 2-6 6-3 6-0! Her forehand is g-o-o-d. :lol:
It was THE match to win. Go Lucie now!

Things are OK now, Iveta was smiling to Petra at the end. :D

Wiggly
Apr 26th, 2008, 04:26 PM
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iPatty
Apr 26th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Lucie. :weirdo:
At least Petra won, she must have really improved her forehand because every time I have seen her it has been her backhand that has done the damage. She really seems to be gaining confidence and ready to really go places in her career! Go Petra!

iPatty
Apr 26th, 2008, 04:40 PM
It is good to hear Iveta was smiling, as well. ;)

dybbuk
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Petra :hearts:

Really nothing to say about Lucie I haven't said before.

justine schnyder
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Hey guys :wavey:
As I promised here's the report.

First of all, I just want to say that Petra has a new fan- Me.
I was really happy when I heard she would play becuase I really wanted to see her play, and I really like her game (Just one thing, I think her movement and the volley need a little improvement)
So here it goes..
1st match- Kvitova def Peer 2:6 6:3 6:0
At the beginning (In the 1st set..), I think Petra was a little stressed.. She missed many returns (of Shahar's serve..:rolleyes:) and few easy balls. Peer wansn't so ggod, but she put the ball in the court more than Petra so it gave her the set. The beginning of the 2nd was pretty match the same, but since 0-2 she really got in to it. She had a great winners, especially form the BH side (Which is really strong! I think she's the only lefty I saw which her BH is stronger than the FH) and some grat FH DTL.
After she she took the 2nd set you could tell she would win the match, she played brilliantly (Those BH returns :drool: )and was agressive, it was realy fun watching her play (Not for Shahar thogh I guess..)
Peer on the other hand, did all the wrong things.. She was deffensive to much and should have moved Petra more, she also hit a lot to her BH side which is very strong and got winners time after time.
In the 3rd set Peer took medical time out at 1-0 but siriously, she wasn't injured, just tried to change momentum :o
I'm sorry that Peer lost (I think, after I saw Petra playing, that if it was a tour's match, I was rooting for Petra) because it's for my country. But after all I :hearts: Petra.. She's awsome!
BTW, what she says when she pumps her self up? It's sounds like "Hoit!" but I have no idea what she says..
I also think her mental side is very good (I mean.. She didn't choke for a second ;) )
Oh and last thing.. The crowd was DEAD in this match, from the start to finish..In Tzipi's match on the other hand..(Maybe becuase Tzipi is more loved, she's cool, and Shahr talks to muh comparing to what she does on court..)
2nd match: Obziler def Safarova 6:0 3:6 6:4
Drama drama what a match!
I notice that many posters on GM wrote how pathetic it was from Lucie, I guess because she was the favorite and Obziler is not a great player.. But they're wrong! I agree, it wasn't an awsome and great much, but it very good and kind of dramatic.
The seven first games went to Tzipi... Lucie wasn't playing very well, and Tzipi was. She was veryy solid and had few aces and really nice winners.
After that, Lucie held serve (Easily as far as I rememmber)and she started to look better, play better, moving Tzipi more, using her cross court FH very nicely. In that set she broke twice to take it 6:3, she played very well and had few great returns from the BH side (DTL)
In the 3rd set, Lucie served first, but Tzipi, like it or not, played a briliant game to break to 1-0 and to hold after saving BP to 2-0.
Since then, the match went with serves.
Lucie and Tzipi held and it was 3-1*. That game was very tense and long.
Tzipi had few break points to 4-1 and a double break lead but Lucie saved them time after time with FH winners and great first serves (Althgouh the one in the last point of the game was clearly out..)
The point I'll rememmber most from that match was in that 3-1 game.. Lucie's ball hit the net and passed, it was pretty short but Tzipi managed to some how reach and pass it over the net, to Lucie's BH Lucie hit a BH DTL which I thought would be a winner since it was strong and accurate, but Tzipi somehow reached it and made a CC touch uot of it :worship: The crowd went nuts! (Infact, the crowd in that match was very good, cheered much more!)
So after Lucie held to 2-3* I thought Tzipi would be broken because of all the missed chances to tae the double break lead... But she hadn't and held easily. Since then, they both held easily exept in 3-5 when Lucie's served and faced a match point but she saved it and took the game, after that, Tzipi held to love.
*I think Lucie missed to many returns
*The stadium was half full, but it was the "good crowd"- Not those who came to see Sharapova in February, those who really love tennis came :)
*Oh and last thing, I don't know how many of you saw Tzipi plays.. She has a solid baseline games, and a good BH slice, her net play is very good too, and her movment is very good too, considering she's 35..
If she wasn't 35 she would ranked much higher :sad:

Pics and vids to come!

Yellow Moon
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:24 PM
I hope Pala places Lucie agst Peer tomorow, despite her sad srore today. If not, he's risking burning out Iveta or Kveta in singles before their decider dblz match...:tape:

justine schnyder
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:27 PM
I hope Pala places Lucie agst Peer tomorow, despite her sad srore today. If not, he's risking burning out Iveta or Kveta in singles before their decider dblz match...:tape:
Dispite the loss, Lucie didn't played bad at all, and with the way Shahar pkays, I can promise you that Lucie will crush her

iPatty
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:43 PM
Thanks for the report, I'm glad you like Petra. We just love those lefties, don't we? :inlove:

dybbuk
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:45 PM
It's nice to know Lucie wasn't as bad as she's been this year at least. Thanks for the report.

justine schnyder
Apr 26th, 2008, 05:53 PM
Thanks for the report, I'm glad you like Petra. We just love those lefties, don't we? :inlove:
Some of them are awsome :hearts: I'm glad she played today! But good to see that (for now at least) Petra isn't another headcase :lol:

It's nice to know Lucie wasn't as bad as she's been this year at least. Thanks for the report.

You welcome :wavey:

Btw, Iveta was smiling today.. In the opening ceremony, and she laughed with Petra after the match :)

Wiggly
Apr 27th, 2008, 10:30 PM
http://fotobanka.ctk.cz/archiv/fotoarchiv/P200804270466701.jpg

What a magnificient week-end!
Petra defeated Peer in her first Singles match.
Iveta scored her first Singles win since 2002.
Kveta/Iveta reunited again, successfull, Kveta showed who's the best Doubles player.

With Petra coming up, Iveta controlling her nerves and Kveta who is the Doubles force, things are looking good! With Nicole and Lucie, when they'll find their game again, it's going to be fun to watch!

See you next year in World Group! :hearts:

Yellow Moon
Apr 27th, 2008, 11:13 PM
Nice work, girls. Not many expected the CZE team getting ISR to their knees at home, not without Nicole. With Lucie not beleiving and Tzipi in form, it looked bleak for the Czechs after day one. Then came Iveta and played a dream of a match, followed by another one with Kveta on her side. Way to go Czechs! Congratulations to a well-deserved victory.

Bennguin1491
Apr 28th, 2008, 12:28 AM
:banana: well done girls! :banana:

justine schnyder
Apr 28th, 2008, 07:05 PM
Well done Czech team :worship: Great matches and they were also really nice.. Exept the fact that we lost,it was nice to have them here :)

Lunaris
Apr 29th, 2008, 03:42 AM
No idea how they won, but it feels so good. Now if only Vaidisova changed her mind and returned in the team.

iguales78
Apr 29th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Here is a link to my pix:

http://picasaweb.google.com/fedcup2008/FedCupIsraelCzechRepublic

Jojo_
Apr 29th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Here is a link to my pix:

http://picasaweb.google.com/fedcup2008/FedCupIsraelCzechRepublic

Thanks ;)

Jojo_
Apr 29th, 2008, 08:20 AM
No idea how they won, but it feels so good. Now if only Vaidisova changed her mind and returned in the team.

yes, Vaidisova is a great player, and now like the Czech team will play in the elite group, she will be An asset for this team !!

Yellow Moon
Apr 30th, 2008, 06:40 AM
Here is a link to my pix:
Thx 4 the nice pics iguales :yeah:. Much appreciated photographic coverage :kiss:!

~|Naomi|~
May 1st, 2008, 02:30 AM
Well done Girls:bounce:

Yellow Moon
May 1st, 2008, 03:19 PM
Next possible opponents for the CZE girls are: China, France, Argentina, Italy, Russia, Spain, or USA. FRA, ITA and ESP they played in recent years. Argentina may be the best wish to come true :shrug:.

davidmario
May 8th, 2008, 11:01 PM
The best team for Peking would be Vladka Uhlirova and Kveta!
Just take a look at the rankings;)
Furthermore their styles would combine perfectly!!!
Vladka is a classic serve-and-volley-player with amazing reactionj at the net and Kveta has a lot of pow from the baseline:lick:

Plus, Kveta has amazing reactions at the net, too. :)