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Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:15 PM
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World Group I Quarterfinals

[1]Sweden (Siri Cornetsson, Mia Henriksson, Alina Patersson, Miranda Frost*, Aysel Wilhelmsson*)
vs.
Botswana[H] (Ruflina Taliamanosoko, Nthamangela Mbangu-Žerić, Mpule Kwalegobe*)
on hard court in Gaborone, Botswana

S1: Nthamangela Mbangu-Žerić vs Siri Cornetsson
S2: Ruflina Taliamanosoko vs Alina Patersson
S3: Nthamangela Mbangu-Žerić vs Alina Patersson
S4: Ruflina Taliamanosoko vs Siri Cornetsson
D: Mbangu-Žerić/Taliamanosoko vs Cornetsson/Patersson

[3]China[H] (Zianzhi Ziyi, Chantal Chan, Jane Wong, Yanina Wickmayer, Carol Chan*)
vs.
South Africa (Cornelia du Preez, Luna-Willow Bartoli, Kleintjie Jantjes)
on clay court in Guangzhou, China (to be confirmed by captain, choice of ground decided by lot)

S1: Jane Wong vs Cornelia du Preez
S2: Zianzhi Ziyi vs Luna-Willow Bartoli
S3: Jane Wong vs Luna-Willow Bartoli
S4: Chantal Chan vs Cornelia du Preez
D: Wong/Ziyi vs du Preez/Bartoli

Australia (Fleri Hingisafrilia, Alijah Pemovic, Ariel Aries, Aleesha Stosur)
vs.
[4]Italy[H] (Giuseppina Benedetti, Nunziatella Androsciani)
on clay court in Rome, Italy

S1: Nunziatella Androsciani vs Fleri Hingisafrilia
S2: Giuseppina Benedetti vs Alijah Pemovic
S3: Nunziatella Androsciani vs Aleesha Stosur
S4: Giuseppina Benedetti vs Ariel Aries
D: Androsciani/Benedetti vs Hingisafrilia/Pemovic

[2]Czech Republic[H] (Ella Felivitch, Aveta Tenesova, Martine Kartincova)
vs.
Canada (Samantha Soren, Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger)
on clay court in Prague, Czech Republic

S1: Martine Kartincova vs Samantha Soren
S2: Aveta Tenesova vs Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger
S3: Ella Felivitch vs Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger
S4: Aveta Tenesova vs Samantha Soren
D: Kartincova/Tenesova vs Jarocka-Pottinger/Soren

Winners to World Group I semi-finals, losers to World Group I play-offs

World Group II Quarterfinals

[1]Russia (Anastasia Nemayeva)
vs.
South East Asia[H] (Jookkarae Mensarb, Kathleen Pryde-Degman, Khunyah Nomyarn*, Jawaskraya Loordinia)
on hard court in Phuket, Thailand (choice decided by lot)

S1: Kathleen Pryde-Degman vs Anastasia Nemayeva
S2: Jookkarae Mensarb vs Elena Skankhova
S3: Kathleen Pryde-Degman vs Elena Skankhova
S4: Jawaskraya Loordinia vs Anastasia Nemayeva
D: Mensarb/Pryde-Degman vs Nemayeva/Skankhova

[2]Germany[H] (Sabine Graf, Bianka Harlow)
vs.
Eastern Europe (Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu, Nadia Banaszek, Ndjamena Zinaida Naaumy)
on hard court in Stuttgart, Germany (choice decided by lot)

S1: Bianka Harlow vs Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu
S2: Sabine Graf vs Ndjamena Z Naaumy
S3: Bianka Harlow vs Ndjamena Z Naaumy
S4: Sabine Graf vs Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu
D: Graf/Harlow vs Naaumy/Vladimirescu

[3]Great Britain[H] (Lindsay Galbraith, Allison Galbraith*)
vs.
France (Elise Mésane, Tami Lamy-Chappuis)
on grass court in Wimbledon, Great Britain (choice decided by lot)

S1: Allison Galbraith vs Elise Mésane
S2: Lindsay Galbraith vs Tami Lamy-Chappuis
S3: Allison Galbraith vs Tami Lamy-Chappuis
S4: Lindsay Galbraith vs Elise Mésane
D: Galbraith/Galibrath vs Lamy-Chappuis/Mésane

[4]United States (Harper Johnson, Jennifer Casanova, Susan Day)
vs.
Spain[H] (Vittoria Pérez, Regla Torres, Candela Sánchez, Marta Sánchez)
on clay court in Málaga, Spain

S1: Candela Sánchez vs Harper Johnson
S2: Vittoria Pérez vs Jennifer Casanova
S3: Candela Sánchez vs Jennifer Casanova
S4: Vittoria Pérez vs Harper Johnson
D: Sánchez/Sánchez vs Casanova/Johnson

Winners to World Group I play-offs, losers to World Group II play-offs

World Group III teams - Round Robin - Draw to follow

Poland (Berenika Wojnarowska, Amelie Szczotka-Strozna)
Switzerland (Stefania Di Francesca-Beck, Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe)
Brazil (Maria Broseghini)
Lithuania (Miranda Bothavska, Davae Bothavska*)
Luxembourg (Pippa Mydelton)

Matchday 1 (Wednesday): Luxembourg - Brazil (hard court); Lithuania - Poland (grass court)
Matchday 2 (Thursday): Switzerland - Luxembourg (clay court); Brazil - Poland (grass court)
Matchday 3 (Friday): Poland - Luxembourg (grass court); Switzerland - Lithuania (clay court)
Matchday 4 (Saturday): Lithuania - Brazil (hard court); Poland - Switzerland (grass court)
Matchday 5 (Sunday): Luxembourg - Lithuania (grass court); Switzerland - Brazil (clay court)

Schedule

Sign-in deadline: Friday 27 January, 8pm CET
Draw announcement: Friday 27 January
Surface announcement: Tuesday 31 January 8pm CET (World Group I & II only)
Points & line-up deadline World Group III: Wednesday 1 February 8pm CET
Points & line-up deadline World Group I & II: Friday 3 February, 8pm CET

Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:17 PM
Rules and other details

General rules:

If a team does not have at least one player signed up by the deadline, they will be taken out of the competition. Teams from the lower levels will be promoted in ranking order (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=19439624&postcount=1).

Juniors are allowed to play Fed Cup, opening it up to more countries.

If more than 16 teams sign up, qualification for World Group II will be determined as follows:
a) nations (not continents) who have participated in the last four years
b) teams with the lowest sum of their two best ranked senior players. (If the team has a player without a senior ranking, the position below the worst-ranked player will be used to calculate the sum.)
c) if still tied, the sum of their junior ranks if applicable.

Players do not send points individually; one player, the captain, determines who plays singles and doubles, determines the surface the tie will be played on (for home captains), and sends points for all five matches. The captain is normally the highest-ranked player who has signed in by the Friday deadline, but if she does not want to captain she can nominate another player in her team to do the job.

Order of play:

Day 1:
Singles 1: Home #2 ranked player vs. Away #1 ranked player
Singles 2: Home #1 ranked player vs. Away #2 ranked player
Day 2:
Singles 3: Home #2 ranked player vs. Away #2 ranked player
Singles 4: Home #1 ranked player vs. Away #1 ranked player
Match 5: Doubles

Captains specify substitutions when they send their points, and repeated matches are not allowed. If the #1 ranked player only plays on day 1, for example, and is then substituted for day 2, the subsitute plays in match 4 even if she has a lower rank than the player in match 3.

Points to send:

As mentioned, the captain (bolded and underlined in the team list) sends points to me, split into three sets as usual. The captain may send points for each rubber or for each opponent depending on the tactics the captain wishes to employ. The points to split are different for each type of player in the team.


Senior players: Use the points to send (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=449141) on the surface as normal.
Junior players: If coached by a different manager than their senior, receives 90 points. If both the senior player and junior player of the same manager is represented, the junior receives 80 points (marked with an asterisk in the draw). Players in italics in the team list are juniors.
CPU players: Players with no FWTT manager, used if only one player has signed in for the team. Receive 70 points.
Players who signed in late: (after surface announcement, on Tuesday) May replace CPU players or juniors at captain's discretion, but receive only 70 points. The reason is that opposing captains have to know who they are playing and the strength of their opponent.

World Group III rules:

World Group III is a round-robin, not a knock-out. The four best teams qualify for the World Group II play-offs.

Order of play World Group III:

Singles 1: #2 vs #2
Singles 2: #1 vs #1
Doubles rubber

Captains send points for each of the 4 matches. Please note the surface you have been assigned to play on for each match. As there are more matches, the points deadline for WGIII is earlier.

Players can still sign in until Tuesday with no extra penalty, but no new teams are allowed.

Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:20 PM
Some moments from last year's Fed Cup, the 12th, where a Chinese team participated for the first time and just as well won the whole thing...

February, Matchday One

Quarter-final, Düsseldorf, clay:

Marteena Huubere (AUS) def. Sabine Graf (GER) 5/7, 7/6(2), 7/5 (Australia leads 2-0)
A match-up of legends - with 104 tour titles (singles and doubles) between them and, of course, a recently successful doubles pairing. This, however, was not the best match of the many the friends have shared in recent times. Though Graf took the first set, she didn't look particularly comfortable in front of the huge Düsseldorf crowd, and succumbed meekly after taking the third set to 5/5 and "first-break-wins".

Quarter-final, Malmö, indoor hard:

Cornetsson/Henriksson (SWE) def. Mbangu/Taliamanosoko (BOT) 3/6, 7/6(9), 6/3 (Sweden wins 3-2)
For the first time since at least 2008, a team squanders a 2-0 lead. The two Botswanans were shaken early on, but still looked reasonably confident as they took the first set with an early break of serve. The crowd grew more and more raucuous, though, and the Swedes responded - in a miraculous tie-break, the Botswanans had four match points, but Ruflina, the doubles champion sent a forehand volley wide, and there simply was no more energy after a marathon weekend. Sweden are the only seeds left alive in the competition, and Swedish commentator Björn Hellberg claims this is the largest turnaround in Swedish sport since the 1974 French Open final.

World Group II first round, Toulouse, hard:

Lamy-Chappuis/Mésane (FRA) defeated Mensarb/Young (THA) 7/6(6), 6/1 (France wins 3-2)
Elise took the court again now, desperate to avenge her horrible singles, and it showed in the first set as the Thais took control. However, a key break-back at 4/4 allowed the match to go a tie-break, where the French suddenly seemed devoid of nerves and carried this into the second set. France are in the play-offs for the third year in a row.

April, Matchday Two

Semi-final, Napoli, hard:

Giuseppina Benedetti (ITA) defeated Jane Wong (CHN) 4/6, 6/4, 12/10 (China leads 2-1)
Finally someone breaks through the great wall of China. Wong took the first set reasonably easily, but Benedetti came back strongly. The third set was a wait for the tie-break, where Benedetti came up with a huge return after a marathon third set.

World Group II, Gaborone, clay:

Ruflina Taliamanosoko (BOT) defeated Elise Mesane (FRA) 6/0, 7/5 (Botswana leads 3-0)
We've seen it all before...Botswana promote on their first try as an independent nation, leaving France losers in the play-off for the third time in a row. A bit of a damp squib for the enthusiastic crowd.

Semi-final, Stockholm, hard:

Mia Henriksson (SWE) defeated Alijah Pemovic (AUS) 3/6, 7/6(1), 8/6 (Sweden leads 3-1 and qualifies for the final)
'Mia, our Mia!' The Swedish crowd are ecstatic as the barely-upright Henriksson somehow dragged the match back from one set down to clinch a repeat final for this unstoppable team. Alijah had three match points and will no doubt be distraught with the weekend.

World Group I play-off, Prague, indoor hard:

Martine Kartincova (CZE) defeated Lindsay Galbraith (GBR) 6/4, 4/6, 22/20 (Czech Republic leads 3-1)
Well. It wouldn't be a Lindsay match without a third set going to ridiculous lengths. As the pubs in the arena finally began to run out of beer, and the Czech crowd's vocal chords seemed about to snap, Lindsay double faulted in the 41st game - an opening which Kartincova took. Czech Republic the seventh confirmed team for the 2012 World Group.

World Group I play-off, Moscow, indoor clay:

Bartoli/du Preez (RSA) defeated Nemayeva/Skankhova (RUS) 5/7, 7/6(6), 7/5 (South Africa wins 3-2)
Groundhog day for the crowd in Moscow. Yet again their Russian heroines take the first set, but the second goes to a nailbiter tie-break where the Russians have three match points. Not to be; Bartoli held serve and then Nemayeva was broken twice before du Preez finished the job. The third set was also see-saw, with four breaks of serve, but the decisive error was made by Skankhova after a back-and-forth reaction rally. South Africa are the second African team in the World Group.

Semi-final, Napoli, hard:

Chan/Wong (CHN) defeated Amato/A. Benedetti (ITA) 6/4, 7/6(5) (China wins 3-2)
Italy were in this match until 4/4, when Annalisa Benedetti failed to hold her serve; from that point on they looked dejected, and though they saved three match points in the tie-break, they weren't really close. China reach the Fed Cup final on their first attempt, though Hong Kong were in World Group play-off in 2003 and 2004.

November, Final, Uppsala, grass:

Jane Wong (CHN) def. Siri Cornetsson (SWE) 0/6, 6/3, 6/3 (China leads 2-0)
Jane Wong continued the incredible day for China in Sweden by defeating the recent Bali Champion. Siri was so determined in that first she, she cruised in 17 minutes, but after that Jane crawled back for the victory.

Jane Wong (CHN) def. Miranda Frost (SWE) 0/6, 6/2, 6/3 (China leads 3-1 and wins Fed Cup 2011)
There was some hope in the crowd that Sweden was finally coming back after Miranda crushed Jane in the first set. However, it wasn't meant to be and Jane Wong gets the satisfactory win to clinch China's first ever Fed Cup Championship!

Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:42 PM
Ruflina Taliamanosoko
Zianzhi Ziyi
Giuseppina Benedetti
Ella Felivitch
Jookkarae Mensarb
Sabine Graf
Elise Mésane
Vittoria Pérez

please announce surface by Tuesday 8pm.

Berenika Wojnarowska
Stefania Di Francesca-Beck
Maria Broseghini
Miranda Bothavska
Pippa Mydelton

please send points for your round robin matches by Wednesday 8pm.

Yeah think that's it :)

Slightly unfortunate that the same manager captains two teams, but oh well.

Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 09:51 PM
2000: Great Britain def. Africa 4-1
2001: Germany def. Great Britain 3-2
2002: Spain def. Africa 3-2
2003: Belgium def. Great Britain 3-2
2004: Belgium def. Bulgaria 4-1
2005: USA def. Belarus 4-1
2006: Belgium def. Germany 4-1
2007: Belarus def. Germany 3-2
2008: Russia def. Germany 4-1
2009: Czech Republic def. Great Britain 4-1
2010: Sweden def. Czech Republic 3-2
2011: China def. Sweden 4-1

MandyRulz
Jan 27th, 2012, 10:08 PM
:wavey: How come Jessamine & Melina are not in?

Håkon
Jan 27th, 2012, 10:26 PM
I got a message from Joshua that Minella & Ljungljung were to be banned from the game. You'll have to take it up with him

Ianto_Jones
Jan 28th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Ruflina Taliamanosoko
Zianzhi Ziyi
Giuseppina Benedetti
Ella Felivitch
Jookkarae Mensarb
Sabine Graf
Elise Mésane
Vittoria Pérez

please announce surface by Tuesday 8pm.

Berenika Wojnarowska
Stefania Di Francesca-Beck
Maria Broseghini
Miranda Bothavska
Pippa Mydelton

please send points for your round robin matches by Wednesday 8pm.

Yeah think that's it :)

Slightly unfortunate that the same manager captains two teams, but oh well.


Doesn't the host nation get to decide the surfaces? Just wondering.


I can't believe I had forgotten about losing 22-20 in a third set....:hysteric:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jan 28th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Botswana selects HARD in Gaborone, Botswana

ql00lp
Jan 28th, 2012, 02:19 AM
South East Asia selects Hard Court and play in Phuket, Thailand

HawkAussie
Jan 28th, 2012, 06:23 AM
What are the full results of each Fed Cup?

Håkon
Jan 28th, 2012, 06:47 AM
Doesn't the host nation get to decide the surfaces? Just wondering.


Er yes of course. Typed wrong. Please go ahead. :o

Håkon
Jan 28th, 2012, 06:50 AM
What are the full results of each Fed Cup?

The oldest results are here (http://www.angelfire.com/country/fwtt/fedcup/index.html). I've got 2006-2011 in a text file, but I haven't posted them yet because I want to do some formatting and stuff.

Six Feet Under
Jan 28th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Nice work Sam :cheer:

ql00lp
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Russia is only one player??

burn
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Xhaka and Nthama will send their points to their captains on Sunday

Joseosu19
Jan 28th, 2012, 06:51 PM
Italy vs Australia

In Rome...on clay

Håkon
Jan 28th, 2012, 07:01 PM
Russia is only one player??

Yes, but there will be a computer player added on Tuesday if no one else shows up.

Ianto_Jones
Jan 28th, 2012, 07:47 PM
Team Great Britain elects to play on Grass, at Wimbledon Village.

We would also like to wish the best of luck to France.

Sam L
Jan 29th, 2012, 01:33 AM
Regla Torres will take over as captain if Vittoria Perez doesn't bring her incompetent ass in here before the deadline. :rolleyes:

Mattographer
Jan 29th, 2012, 02:58 AM
You're fired, Regla.

S: Perez and C. Sanchez.
D: C. Sanchez/M. Sanchez.

Malaga, Spain - clay.

Sam L
Jan 29th, 2012, 03:13 AM
You're fired, Regla.

S: Perez and C. Sanchez.
D: C. Sanchez/M. Sanchez.

Malaga, Spain - clay.
Regla is the best Spanish player on clay. Her record proves that. Why is she not picked? :rolleyes:

TatiNovic
Jan 29th, 2012, 04:04 AM
I think it's possible that Ziyi might miss the deadline

So in case, i propose the surface preference of our rubber

Clay in Guangzhou, China :tape:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:12 AM
What an insult to Regla! :eek:

Miracle Worker
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:17 AM
I guess we have 2 more days for send :scratch:

Sam L
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:38 AM
Regla Torres lodges complaint with Spanish Tennis Federation

Malaga, SPAIN: Former Fed Cup captain Regla Torres was today outraged at her exclusion from the Spanish Fed Cup team and is believed to have filed a complaint with the Spanish Tennis Federation.

Torres led Spain to her only victory in Fed Cup 10 years ago in 2002. The new Fed Cup captain Vittoria Perez who largely rose in rankings due to the absence of stars like Torres and Candela Sanchez has left off the Spanish star due to what is believed to be personal reasons.

Neither were available for comment today.

http://www.natalieportman.com/thumbs/nportman_gl_23jan12_wen_bth.jpg

TatiNovic
Jan 29th, 2012, 02:07 PM
Drama :cheer:

Joseosu19
Jan 29th, 2012, 05:26 PM
The Italians would love to have Regla!!

(Is it legal to campaign for a nationality change?:o)

Barktra
Jan 29th, 2012, 05:34 PM
The Italians would love to have Regla!!

(Is it legal to campaign for a nationality change?:o)

Nunzia agrees :cheer:

moodin0931
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:48 PM
When does WGIII start? :bounce:

And how many points will the computer players have if Brazil and Luxembourg do not find another player? :wavey:

Ianto_Jones
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Great Britain:

Singles 1: Allison Galbraith
Singles 2: Lindsay Galbraith

Doubles: Galbraith/Galbraith

Allison actually has more talent than Lindsay. :P

Håkon
Jan 29th, 2012, 08:07 PM
When does WGIII start? :bounce:

And how many points will the computer players have if Brazil and Luxembourg do not find another player? :wavey:

Wednesday

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Buitenzorg
Jan 29th, 2012, 09:13 PM
AUSTRALIA

S1: Alijah Pemovic
S2: Fleri Hingisafrilia
D: Pemovic / Hingisafrilia
S3: Aleesha Stosur
S4: Ariel Aries

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jan 29th, 2012, 10:04 PM
CANADA
S1: Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger
S2: Samantha Soren
S3: Samantha Soren
S4: Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger
DB: Soren/Jarocka-Pottinger

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:05 PM
Botswana Singles Line-Up

Singles A: Ruflina Taliamanosoko
Singles B: Nthamangela Mbangu-Zeric

Doubles: Mbangu-Zeric/Taliamanosoko

Alternate: Mpule Kwalegobe

égalité
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Hiiiiii Elena Skankhova was supposed to retire after the AO, but since Russia has only one player, can she sign up late? :o

claypova
Jan 30th, 2012, 08:09 AM
yoona can't play here? :sad:

good luck fellow Asians :kiss:

S-T-E-V-E
Jan 30th, 2012, 08:49 AM
Harper told me that she's really busy with uni this week, so I'm gonna post the line-up:

1# Harper Johnson
2# Jennifer Casanova
3# Jennifer Casanova
4# Harper Johnson
Doubles: Harper Johnson / Jennifer Casanova

Alternate: Susan Day (Susan, this is nothing against yoh :hug: It's just that Harper and I have more points on clay and it will be difficult enough to beat the Spanish players anyway; but please send me your points, so in case we would lead 3-0 after the first matches, you'll play a singles match; I hope that's okay for you :D)

King Aaron
Jan 30th, 2012, 09:29 AM
The tie against Canada will be played on clay in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Miracle Worker
Jan 30th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Why all Berenika and Amelie's matches are only on grass? :mad:

Asif_Nawaz
Jan 30th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Should I post team lineups if Drimal doesn't?

ql00lp
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:29 PM
http://brunei-darussalam.visahq.com/images/flags/Brunei_Darussalam-visa.gifhttp://cambodia.visahq.com/images/flags/Cambodia-visa.gifhttp://indonesia.visahq.com/images/flags/Indonesia-visa.gifhttp://myanmar.visahq.com/images/flags/Myanmar-visa.gifhttp://malaysia.visahq.com/images/flags/Malaysia-visa.gifhttp://laos.visahq.com/images/flags/Laos-visa.gifhttp://philippines.visahq.com/images/flags/Philippines-visa.gifhttp://thailand.visahq.com/images/flags/Thailand-visa.gifhttp://singapore.visahq.com/images/flags/Singapore-visa.gifhttp://timor-leste.visahq.com/images/flags/Timor_Leste-visa.gifhttp://vietnam.visahq.com/images/flags/Vietnam-visa.gif
SOUTH EAST ASIA TEAM

Single 1: Kathleen Pryde-Degman
Single 2: Jookkarae Mensarb
Single 3: Jawaskraya Loordinia
Single 4: Kathleen Pryde-Degman
Double: Mensarb/Pryde-degman

Drimal
Jan 30th, 2012, 03:40 PM
SWEDEN:

S1: Siri Cornetsson
S2: Mia Henriksson
Doubles: Cornetsson/Henriksson
S3: Alina Patersson
S4: Siri Cornetsson

Kris
Jan 30th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Germany will face Eastern Europe in Stuttgart, Porsche Arena on hardcourt

Kris
Jan 30th, 2012, 04:54 PM
Germany

Singles A: Sabine Graf
Singles B: Bianka Harlow

Doubles: Graf/Harlow

Geoffry
Jan 31st, 2012, 11:29 AM
France

Singles 1: Elise Mésane
Singles 2: Tami Lamy Chappuis
Doubles: Lamy Chappuis/Mésane

Håkon
Jan 31st, 2012, 07:06 PM
The surfaces are all updated in the first post.

I don't think I'll be posting WGIII results before Thursday...very busy right now sorry. :o

As for Poland - blame random.org . Yes, it did turn up grass court four times in a row.

King Aaron
Jan 31st, 2012, 07:43 PM
Czech Republic

#1: Aveta Tenesova
#2: Martine Kartincova
#3: Ella Felivitch
#4: Aveta Tenesova
#5: Aveta Tenesova/Martine Kartincova

Aveta and Martine, please send points to me as soon as you can. :)

Ajrob
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:18 PM
who do i have to send points?

Alberto
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:55 PM
You're fired, Regla.

S: Perez and C. Sanchez.
D: C. Sanchez/M. Sanchez.

Malaga, Spain - clay.

:eek:

Six Feet Under
Feb 1st, 2012, 01:00 AM
Do I send points now, or after the line up has been announced?

Broseghini
Feb 1st, 2012, 01:55 AM
who do i have to send points?

Do I send points now, or after the line up has been announced?
send for your captain ;)

TatiNovic
Feb 1st, 2012, 02:10 AM
Provisional China's Line-up

Singles 1: Jane Wong
Singles 2: Zianzhi Ziyi
Singles 3: Jane Wong
Singles 4: Chantal Chan
Doubles: Zianzhi Ziyi / Yanina Wickmayer

wongqks
Feb 1st, 2012, 02:01 PM
Wow you sure you want Jane to play two ties ;S , nervous but she will do it

Miracle Worker
Feb 1st, 2012, 03:50 PM
I don't know if I have to, but:

Singles 1: Amelie Szczotka-Strozna
Singles 2: Berenika Wojnarowska
Doubles: Wojnarowska/Szczotka-Strozna

burn
Feb 1st, 2012, 03:56 PM
Switzerland

Singles 1: Stefania Di Francesca-Beck
Singles 2: Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe
Doubles: Di Francesca-Beck/Saikikimbondwe

Alternate: Jasmin Kölbener

Håkon
Feb 1st, 2012, 06:09 PM
Do I send points now, or after the line up has been announced?

Now is ok :) Not like the line-up is controversial :p

Singles match 1: Cornelia du Preez
Singles match 2: Luna-Willow Bartoli
Singles match 3: Luna-Willow Bartoli
Singles match 4: Cornelia du Preez
Doubles: Luna-Willow Bartoli/Cornelia du Preez

Pie800
Feb 1st, 2012, 06:29 PM
Provisional China's Line-up

Singles 1: Jane Wong
Singles 2: Zianzhi Ziyi
Singles 3: Jane Wong
Singles 4: Chantal Chan
Doubles: Zianzhi Ziyi / Yanina Wickmayer

Confirmed, however I would like to change the doubles to Ziyi and Jane. Sorry Yanina, but Jane and Ziyi have won multiple titles on clay together and have more experience (points). Yanina's time will come, soon enough :)

Pie800
Feb 1st, 2012, 06:34 PM
Players, please send me your points soonest (preferably within the next 24 or so hours).
Thanks! :)

Buitenzorg
Feb 1st, 2012, 09:02 PM
Good luck guys :)

moodin0931
Feb 1st, 2012, 09:20 PM
WGIII Soon! :D

the jamierbelyea
Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:02 AM
This is the only Fed Cup event that really matters, as it's the only one Elise & I can manage to win, and somehow it's always us playing this tie, when we haven't been the top of France for years:)

longtin23
Feb 2nd, 2012, 01:30 PM
Confirmed, however I would like to change the doubles to Ziyi and Jane. Sorry Yanina, but Jane and Ziyi have won multiple titles on clay together and have more experience (points). Yanina's time will come, soon enough :)

:):)That's alright, I will be alternate and sitting courtside to support all of you guys!! Let's rock China!!

moodin0931
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:00 PM
Sam if you need any help with WGI and/or WGII I would love to help! :)

Lets go Lithuania!! :D

Håkon
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:39 PM
Wednesday WGIII:
Brazil d. Luxembourg 3-0
Maria Broseghini (BRA) d. Pippa Mydelton (LUX) 6-3 7-5
Fabiana Silva (BRA) d. Mandy Girardelli (LUX) 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(0)
Broseghini/Silva (BRA) d. Girardelli/Mydelton (LUX) 7-5 3-6 7-5

Brazil took this match of evenly matched teams.

Poland d. Lithuania 2-1
Miranda Bothavska (LTU) d. Berenika Wojnarowska (POL) 0-6 6-3 6-3
Amelie Szczotka-Strozna (POL) d. Davae Bothavska (LTU) 7-6(4) 6-3
Szczotka-Strozna/Wojnarowska (POL) d. Bothavska/Bothavska (LTU) 6-3 3-6 7-6(4)

Poland were shaken by the Bothavska twins on the unfamiliar surface, but hauled home the win in a last-set doubles tie-break.

Thursday WGIII:
Switzerland d. Luxembourg 3-0
Stefania Di Francesca-Beck (SUI) d. Pippa Mydelton (LUX) 7-6(9) 7-5
Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe (SUI) d. Mandy Girardelli (LUX) 7-5 6-3
Di Francesca-Beck/Saikikimbondwe (SUI) d. Girardelli/Mydelton (LUX) 7-5 4-6 6-4

Luxembourg had the decks stacked against them here, a junior and an amateur against a senior and the #1 junior. They fought well but came uf well short.

Poland d. Brazil 2-1
Berenika Wojnarowska (POL) d. Maria Broseghini (BRA) 6-3 3-6 7-5
Fabiana Silva (BRA) d. Amelie Szczotka-Strozna (POL) 7-5 1-6 7-6(3)
Szczotka-Strozna/Wojnarowska (POL) d. Broseghini/Silva (BRA) 7-5 5-7 7-6(3)

CPU amateur Fabiana remains unbeaten in singles, but again Poland crawl across the line in a last-set tie break.

Håkon
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:42 PM
WG points received from

Botswana
South Africa
Australia
Canada
Russia
SEA
GB
France
USA
Sweden
Czech Republic
Spain
Australia
Eastern Europe
China

all good :cheer:

Broseghini
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:45 PM
Fabiana :worship: :lol:

Drimal
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:45 PM
SWEDEN:

S1: Siri Cornetsson
S2: Mia Henriksson
Doubles: Cornetsson/Henriksson
S3: Alina Patersson
S4: Siri Cornetsson

Since I haven't gotten any points from Mia, Alina Patersson replaces her in S2 too:

S1: Siri Cornetsson
S2: Alina Patersson
Doubles: Cornetsson/Patersson
S3: Alina Patersson
S4: Siri Cornetsson

moodin0931
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:50 PM
Lithuania :(

Cant wait till Davae is a senior though. :devil:

S-T-E-V-E
Feb 2nd, 2012, 08:04 PM
WG points received from

Botswana
South Africa
Australia
Canada
Russia
SEA
GB
France

And the USA ;)

Miracle Worker
Feb 2nd, 2012, 08:06 PM
Poland :cheer:

Good start, but Berenika and Amelie weren't convincing in singles matches :scared:

kejm
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:08 PM
Good start, but Berenika and Amelie weren't convincing in singles matches :scared:

Well, win is a win...
Go Poland! :bounce:

burn
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:15 PM
Switzerland :bounce: :inlove:

IMPOSSIBLE
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:39 PM
Since I haven't gotten any points from Mia, Alina Patersson replaces her in S2 too:

S1: Siri Cornetsson
S2: Alina Patersson
Doubles: Cornetsson/Patersson
S3: Alina Patersson
S4: Siri Cornetsson

I did send yesterday, I will send you them again :wavey:

Mattographer
Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:45 AM
WG points received from

Botswana
South Africa
Australia
Canada
Russia
SEA
GB
France
USA
Sweden
And Spain ;)

Michael.
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:13 AM
I forgot to do this. :spit:

S1: Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu
S2: Ndjamena Zinaida Naaumy
D: Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu/Ndjamena Zinaida Naaumy

if Nadia sends me points I will include her.

Pie800
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:12 PM
Let's go China!! :rocker2:

Miracle Worker
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:47 PM
Ndjamena won't be cheerleader :cheer: :oh:

Håkon
Feb 3rd, 2012, 07:53 PM
Poland d. Luxembourg 2-1
Amelie Szczotka-Strozna (POL) d. Mandy Girardelli (LUX) 3-6 6-1 7-6(5)
Pippa Mydelton (LUX) d. Berenika Wojnarowska (POL) 0-6 6-4 6-4
Szczotka-Strozna/Wojnarowska (POL) d. Girardelli/Mydelton (LUX) 6-4 2-6 6-4

Despite this being top against bottom, the Poles again made very hard work of their singles matches. Amelie tore out a big serve on 6-5 in the tie-break while Berenika fell to pieces after a good first set. However, in the doubles Poland again showed who is boss. Luxembourg get their first win in Fed Cup, a nice confidence booster ahead of Sunday's match with Lithuania.

Switzerland d. Lithuania 3-0

Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe (SUI) d. Davae Bothavska (LTU) 6-1 7-6(3)
Stefania Di Francesca-Beck (SUI) d. Miranda Bothavska (LTU) 7-6(6) 7-6(0)
Di Francesca-Beck/Saikikimbondwe (SUI) d. Bothavska/Bothavska (LTU) 7-5 5-7 7-6(5)

The sisters looked lethargic against the Swiss machine, who seems to be too good for this level. Only two sets dropped so far.

moodin0931
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:45 PM
Lithuania :facepalm:

Please beat Luxembourg :tape:

burn
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:48 PM
Switzerland :inlove:
On the way to WG II!!!

moodin0931
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:52 PM
Switzerland :inlove:
On the way to WG II!!!

Stupid Xhaka! :rolleyes:

Davae has some words for you. Hopefully she can win some matches against Xhaka and make this a great rivalry of hatred! :devil:

JustPetko
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:31 PM
Switzerland :hearts:

Group standings by far:
Poland 3-0
Switzerland 2-0
Brazil 1-1
Lithuania 0-2
Luxembourg 0-3
How many teams will advance to WGII play-offs?

Miracle Worker
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:55 PM
Poland :dance:

And tomorrow is the last match. The winner of it will become the winner of group :type:

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:27 PM
How many teams will advance to WGII play-offs?

Four. So I suppose the round robin is a bit pointless. ;)

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:30 PM
World Group I - Saturday - Singles Rubber 1

Gaborone: Botswana vs. Sweden 0-1
Siri Cornetsson (SWE) def. Nthamangela Mbangu-Žerić (BOT) 6-4 7-5

Siri got revenge for last year's loss in this encounter, going for the match with some big serves in a closely fought first set. Last year Botswana gave away a 2-0 lead in Malmö, that won't happen again.

Guangzhou: China vs. South Africa 1-0
Jane Wong (CHN) def. Cornelia du Preez (RSA) 1-6 7-5 6-3

Cornelia hadn't lost a singles match in Fed Cup in six attempts, and with the form book and the first set going for her as well, it looked promising at the start of the second set. However, Jane was more confident on the big points in the second set, saving three break points before prevailing rather easily in the third.

Roma: Italy vs. Australia 0-1
Fleri Hingisafrilia (AUS) def. Nunziatella Androsciani (ITA) 2-6 7-5 7-5

A solid start from our Australian Open champion, giving the crowd a long match but winning the crucial points. The Italian junior is one to watch.

Praha: Czech Republic vs. Canada 0-1
Samantha Soren (CAN) def. Martine Kartincova (CZE) 7-5 7-6(3)

The 2009 champions haven't seen all that enthusiastic in recent seasons, but with Felivitch fronting the team carrying good form from last fall, the home crowd were out in good spirits. However, the ranking didn't lie; the #18 Soren won in straight sets against Kartincova, who has fallen to #50.

moodin0931
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:30 PM
^^ I have a feeling that Lithuania will be that one team. :rolleyes:

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:30 PM
World Group II - Saturday - Singles Rubber 1

Phuket: South East Asia vs. Russia 1-0
Kathleen Pryde-Degman (SEA) def. Anastasia Nemayeva (RUS) 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3

A large crowd had gathered to watch this debut of the South East Asia side, which hopes to rival last year's champions China after the Asian side was broken up last season. Nemayeva, who has carried the Russian side after the 2008 side fell apart somewhat, fought well here, but once again the more experienced player won in the third set.

Stuttgart: Germany vs. Eastern Europe 0-1
Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu (EE) def. Bianka Harlow (GER) 6-4 2-6 7-5

Cristina had her breakthrough last year, qualifying for the World Championship, and now plays Fed Cup against past champions and perennial WGI members Germany. Bianka tested the serve of Cristina in the second set, but despite an enthusiastic crowd, she could not go all the way.

Wimbledon: Great Britain vs. France 0-1
Elise Mésane (FRA) def. Allison Galbraith (GBR) 3-6 6-4 6-3

Elise pulled her thoughts away from the London high streets sufficiently to take the last two sets against the junior, who plays her first FWTT match here.

Malaga: Spain vs. United States 1-0
Candela Sánchez (ESP) def. Harper Johnson (USA) 7-6(3) 7-6(2)

The USA and Fed Cup - it really doesn't go together, does it. After a couple of semi-finals, the USA went down to World Group II in 2009, and since they have lost to Italy and South Africa in bids to regain their place among the premier nations. And despite Regla Torres being denied a place due to internal Spanish squabbling, the Spanish #4 by ranking Candela Sánchez triumphed in two tie-breaks to put the hosts ahead after the first rubber.

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:39 PM
World Group III - Saturday

Brazil d. Lithuania 2-1

Davae Bothavska (LTU) d. Fabiana Silva (BRA) 4-6 6-4 7-5
Maria Broseghini (BRA) d. Miranda Bothavska (LTU) 6-3 7-6(3)
Broseghini/Silva (BRA) d. Bothavska/Bothavska (LTU) 4-6 7-5 7-6(7)

Finally someone figured out Fabiana's tactics...however, despite the good start, Lithuania failed to convert, with the juniors from Brazil coming through to make a bid for second place.

Poland d. Switzerland 3-0

Amelie Szczotka-Strozna (POL) d. Xhakalinda Saikikimbondwe (SUI) 1-6 6-4 6-3
Berenika Wojnarowska (POL) d. Stefania Di Francesca-Beck (SUI) 7-6(3) 4-6 7-5
Szczotka-Strozna/Wojnarowska (POL) d. Di Francesca-Beck/Saikimbondwe (SUI) 7-5 4-6 7-6(5)

Poland saved their best for last; after three pretty narrow wins on the grass courts they had become used to them, and after a slow start to the tie with Xhaka blasting Amelie off the court, it really was pretty much one way traffic. Poland won four of the next five sets and win World Group III.

moodin0931
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Lithuania :help:

Doubles 9-7 in tiebreak. Soooooo close. :facepalm:

We BETTER beat Luxembourg...or else **** is going down with these two whores. :mad:

IMPOSSIBLE
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:02 PM
Siri :)

Alberto
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:07 PM
good Candela!

¡VAMOS ESPAÑA!

Ianto_Jones
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Allison came close. Lindsay, get it done against France! Let's GO GALBRAITHS!

(Is the second match today?)

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:38 PM
So it is.

World Group I - Saturday - Singles Rubber 2

Gaborone: Botswana vs. Sweden 1-1
Ruflina Taliamanosoko (BOT) def. Alina Patersson (SWE) 5-7 6-4 10-8

The great Ruflina graces the courts of Gaborone once again, but she was firmly shaken in this match by an energetic performance by the visitors' #2. The home player never had match points against, but had to fight hard to get the vital break - well supported by the crowd into the very late hours, however.

Guangzhou: China vs. South Africa 2-0
Zianzhi Ziyi (CHN) def. Luna-Willow Bartoli (RSA) 7-6(3) 6-1

It's a long way back for South Africa after Ziyi took the vital first set; Luna had little to offer after that, and was swept off the court.

Roma: Italy vs. Australia 1-1
Giuseppina Benedetti def. Alijah Pemovic (AUS) 5-7 7-5 11-9

Giusa continues her good experiences with Australians in a three-set thriller in Rome; at 0-1 down and a set down, lesser players would have given up, but the Italian who has played every Fed Cup tie for Italy since 2008 refused to give up the hope that this could be their year.

Praha: Czech Republic vs. Canada 1-1
Aveta Tenesova vs Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger 1-6 7-5 6-3

Aveta is one of the more silent figures on tour, but here she set up another comeback from 0-1 and a set down - that's the third so far this Saturday. At 6-1 4-2, Emilia seemingly had this under control, but some errors allowed Aveta to creap back, and with the help of the Prague crowd we're back at all square before day 2.

Håkon
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:39 PM
World Group II - Saturday - Singles Rubber 2

Phuket: South East Asia vs. Russia 1-1
Elena Skankhova (RUS) def. Jookkarae Mensarb (SEA) 6-4 3-6 10-8

All a bit disappointing for the home crowd; after Kathleen had put them 1-0 up, the captain of the team and world #11 Mensarb was expected to ease it home against semi-retired Skankhova. But instead the Russian wanted to make her last match memorial, and by converting her first match point with a stellar forehand return, she certainly did that.

Stuttgart: Germany vs. Eastern Europe 1-1
Sabine Graf (GER) def. Ndjamena Zinaida Naaumy (EE) 6-4 7-6(5)

Naaumy played the tennis of her life in the second set, but from 5-4 in the tie-break she lost three straight points, and thus the scoreline looked relatively easy for Graf in this match, though it was interestingly poised throughout with break points all round.

Wimbledon: Great Britain vs. France 0-2
Tami Lamy-Chappuis (FRA) def. Lindsay Galbraith (GBR) 6-3 7-6(6)

France were swept 0-5 in their last attempt at promoting to World Group II, but after Tami's straight set win here with a very clutch ace at 6-6 in the second set tie-break, it's looking like very plain sailing against the disappointed Daily Mail-reading crowd.

Malaga: Spain vs. United States 2-0
Vittoria Pérez (ESP) def. Jennifer Casanova (USA) 6-4 7-6(9)

The critical voices have been silenced in Malaga as Vittoria rounded off the American #2 to consolidate the upset win by Candela and send Spain into a commanding position. A nerve-wracking tie-break was the highlight of Spanish news this evening, with Casanova's protest against the linesperson at 8-8 falling on deaf ears.

kejm
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:39 PM
Yay for Poland! :cheer:

Second win over Xhaka I believe :oh:

Broseghini
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Elena :bowdown:
Brazil :cheer:

Miracle Worker
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:02 PM
Yay Poland! :cheer:

Excellent 4 matches :worship:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Whew - Botswana is always Sweden's bitch, so it's nice to be tied 1-1 right now.

Kəv.
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:51 PM
Alijah :sad:

Pie800
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:13 PM
:woohoo: Good work China!

burn
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Nthama and Xhaka :help:
Ruffy :hearts:

IMPOSSIBLE
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Wish Mia would have played that match for Sweden :o she is the fed cup hero

Mattographer
Feb 5th, 2012, 01:49 AM
Vamos Espana! :worship:

Drimal
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:36 AM
Wish Mia would have played that match for Sweden :o she is the fed cup hero

Cornetsson/Henriksson will play the doubles match :hug:

S-T-E-V-E
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:08 AM
What a loss in singles :sad: What a tight second set :sad: Hopefully the USA can still turn it around, but I doubt it!

Alberto
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:11 AM
wow Spain! :eek: :D

Geoffry
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Allez France! One more to go. :D

Asif_Nawaz
Feb 5th, 2012, 12:17 PM
alina :sad:

moodin0931
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:45 PM
Lithuania better win! :cheer:

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:30 PM
World Group III - Sunday

Lithuania d. Luxembourg 2-1

Davae Bothavska (LTU) d. Mandy Girardelli (LUX) 3-6 6-4 6-4
Miranda Bothavska (LTU) d. Pippa Mydelton (LUX) 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 7-6(0)
Girardelli/Mydelton (LUX) d. Bothavska/Bothavska (LTU) 7-6(5) 7-6(4)

The Bothavska sisters still need to work on their doubles play, but at least managed to beat the weakest side here. Welcome back in April.

Switzerland d. Brazil 3-0

Xhakalinda Saikimbondwe (SUI) d. Fabiana Silva (BRA) 6-3 6-4
Stefania Di Francesca-Beck (SUI) d. Maria Broseghini (BRA) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3
Di Francesca-Beck/Saikikimbondwe (SUI) d. Broseghini/Silva (BRA) 7-6(5) 7-6(1)

Switzerland take a solid second place here, bouncing back from yesterday's disappointment with a sweep of the Brazilians. Not a team any of the World Group II losers will be wanting to play.

Ranking: 1) Poland 4 wins (800 ranking points), 2) Switzerland 3 wins (600) 3) Brazil 2 wins (400), 4) Lithuania 1 win (200), 5) Luxembourg 0 wins (0)

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:44 PM
World Group I - Sunday - Singles Rubber 3

Gaborone: Botswana vs. Sweden 2-1
Nthamangela Mbangu-Žerić (BOT) vs Alina Patersson (SWE) 3-6 7-5 7-5

Despite another good start, Alina goes out of Africa without having won a single match; Nthama managed to keep together enough to win the third match.

Guangzhou: China def. South Africa 3-0
Jane Wong (CHN) def. Luna-Willow Bartoli (RSA) 4-6 6-3 11-9

Jane went to two wins in a dramatic three-setter; Luna probably didn't expect to lose in the third, where both played scintillating tennis, but the defending champions roll on unchallenged.

Roma: Italy vs. Australia 2-1
Nunziatella Androsciani (ITA) def. Aleesha Stosur (AUS) 3-6 7-5 8-6

After Nunzia lost narrowly yesterday, she took a slightly different approach in a more winnable match against fellow newcomer Aleesha, and managed to haul the hosts into the lead after yet another very long third set.

Praha: Czech Republic vs. Canada 1-2
Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger (CAN) def. Ella Felivitch (CZE) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4

Ella rested herself ahead of this tie, but never really had enough energy to get into a good position; Emilia was always one step ahead, and even when broken back to a set apiece, she never looked likely to lose this rubber.

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:44 PM
World Group II - Sunday - Singles Rubber 3

Phuket: South East Asia vs. Russia 2-1
Kathleen Pryde-Degman (SEA) def. Elena Skankhova (RUS) 5-7 7-5 10-8

Kathleen wins her second match of the week-end, reversing last year's experience when she had lost both matches in a 0-3 score to Great Britain. It was another match where no clear favourite emerged, but after three match points either way it was Kathleen who finally broke the deadlock.

Stuttgart: Germany vs. Eastern Europe 1-2
Ndjamena Zinaida Naaumy (EE) def. Bianka Harlow (GER) 1-6 6-4 7-5

The junior Ndjamena had just lost three sets in a row when she saw a forehand fly out to fall 1-6 in the first set; however, she pulled herself together to leave this match up to the captains Sabine and Cristina.

Wimbledon: Great Britain lost to France 0-3
Tami Lamy-Chappuis (FRA) def. Allison Galbraith (GBR) 7-5 4-6 6-4

A bit tougher for Tami today, but she recorded her second win of the week-end and thus left the British crowd rather disappointed.

Malaga: Spain def. United States 3-0
Candela Sánchez (ESP) def. Jennifer Casanova (USA) 7-6(4) 7-6(0)

Jennifer has been on the wrong end of tie-breaks three times this week-end, and goes out without even winning a set; Spain's strength in depth should put them in a pretty good position ahead of the April play-offs.

Miracle Worker
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:46 PM
Poland :cheer:

Amazing week for this team :dance:

Miracle Worker
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Ndjamena :hearts:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:51 PM
Impressive for France to come literally out of the doldrums of Fed Cup to defeat the tough Great Britain.

And poor USA :sad: Sorry Jennifer :(

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:51 PM
Well done Nthama -- hope we can win it with my singles or doubles match! :bounce:

Broseghini
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:09 PM
WGIII :wavey:

moodin0931
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:16 PM
WGII! :cheer:

Miracle Worker
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:24 PM
^ You know we will play in play-offs:oh:

S-T-E-V-E
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:52 PM
I'm very sorry for letting the US Team down; I have no idea why we just can't get it together with two top ten players in the team:sad::o

moodin0931
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:53 PM
^ You know we will play in play-offs:oh:

You know it is fun to get revenge:oh:

burn
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Xhaka and Stefania :bounce:

Nthama :yeah: :tape:
Where is that girl that climbed up to #2 in the ranks, reached a GS final and won a Premier event? She wins 7-5 in the third against #68 in the world :facepalm:
It's soooo time for that baby to pop out!

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Hopefully Soren can wrap it up for Canada :D

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:36 PM
World Group I - Sunday - Singles Rubber 4

Gaborone: Botswana vs. Sweden 2-2
Siri Cornetsson (SWE) def. Ruflina Taliamanosoko (BOT) 7-6(5) 7-6(4)

Uh oh. Now this was nervy. It's very hard to beat Siri in Fed Cup and you certainly can't do it when picking up a double fault in either tie-break. The home crowd get a fifth rubber, but they'd probably feel more confident if Ruflina's serve was working better than in this match.

Guangzhou: China def. South Africa 4-0
Chantal Chan (CHN) vs Kleintjie Jantjes (RSA) 6-4 5-7 7-5

With the tie lost, South Africa sent in their junior player, who got an exhibition hit out to please the crowd. Still, the Chinese were now 4-0 up.

Roma: Italy def. Australia 3-1
Giuseppina Benedetti (ITA) def. Ariel Aries (AUS) 6-2 1-6 9-7

The Australians gambled on fresh legs, substituting both players, but perhaps the Australian Open champion would have been a better bet here. Ariel fell behind early, then recovered in the second in a set that was slightly less uneven than the score would suggest, before the third-set became a see-saw affair. After nearly three hours, Giusa's serve was not returned, and a happy home crowd will be sure to come back for more Fed Cup tennis soon.

Praha: Czech Republic lost to Canada 1-3
Samantha Soren (CAN) def. Aveta Tenesova (CZE) 6-3 2-6 8-6

Not such a happy crowd in Prague, where yesterdays' form book was ripped up allowing for an Italy-Canada match in the semi-finals. The Czechs exit in the first round for the second year running, with Samantha's serve the clincher in this close contest.

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:37 PM
World Group II - Sunday - Singles Rubber 4

Phuket: South East Asia vs. Russia 2-2
Anastasia Nemayeva (RUS) def. Jawaskraya Loordinia (SEA) 4-6 7-6(3) 6-3

South East Asia were just one set away from clinching the tie through their Indonesian junior player, who had set points in the second, but Nastya saved them all and then played a sublime tie-break, including two aces. Exploiting weaker serves from Jawaskraya in the third, she brushed off the hostile atmosphere to level the tie ahead of the doubles.

Stuttgart: Germany lost to Eastern Europe 1-3
Cristina-Elena Vladimirescu (EE) def. Sabine Graf (GER) 6-4 2-6 8-6

A fine Fed Cup debut for Cristina, who wins two singles rubbers to put her Romanian/Transdnistrian team into the WGI play-offs. It will be interesting to see where the German team goes from here, having suffered their fourth straight defeat, and their third at home.

Wimbledon: Great Britain lost to France 1-3
Lindsay Galbraith (GBR) def. Elise Mésane (FRA) 7-5 2-6 6-3

With the job done, Elise relaxed and allowed the home captain to get this win. Lindsay nearly messed it up in the second, but an uncharacteristically quick third set made up for it.

Malaga: Spain def. United States 4-0
Vittoria Pérez (ESP) def. Susan Day (USA) 6-7(0) 7-6(5) 7-5

Well now the US win a tie-break...but in the end it matters little, as Vittoria didn't want to lose even from a set down. The Spanish women are on a roll and will be a dangerous play-off opponent.

burn
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Ruffy :help:
Please dont let us lose this again. Its our last chance. Botswana will be down to Ruffy and Mpule next year...

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:48 PM
:eek: Germany and Great Britain lose :eek:

And don't worry about Botswana, we may absorb back to a continental team next year, so let's win it this year for Botswana, Nthama! :fiery:

Joseosu19
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:50 PM
Nunzia :worship:....Excellent play from a junior!!

Forza Italia! A 2nd straight Fed Cup semifinal appearance...hopefully we can make up for last year's near miss on the finals.

burn
Feb 5th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Im afraid Coco and Luna would not agree about that

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Im afraid Coco and Luna would not agree about that
They can have South Africa - but Athea is still there.

It's almost like you don't want it to happen.

burn
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Its almost like you dont want me to retire.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:36 PM
Yes, I've said that point blank. :)

And I'll say it again: DON'T RETIRE NTHAMA. PLEASE :angel:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:00 PM
Canada On Top
http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/01047/canadian_flag_w_1047861gm-a.jpg

The Canadian team of Samantha Soren and Emilia Jarocka-Pottinger have moved on to the Federation Cup Semi-Finals after defeating the Czech Republic today in Prague.
The matchup was tied 1-1 after day one but with Emilia winning her singles match and then Soren grinding out a dramatic 8-6 victory over Aveta Tenesova, Canada tallied an unsurmountable 3-1 lead.
"I am so happy that we were able to win against the Czechs on one of our least favorite surfaces. I think it justs shows that Canada can win against anyone on any surface." said Canada's captain, Samantha Soren.
In the semi finals, Canada is set to face Italy later this year.

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:05 PM
World Group I - Sunday - Doubles

Gaborone: Botswana lost to Sweden 2-3
Cornetsson/Henriksson (SWE) def. Mbangu-Žerić/Taliamanosoko (BOT) 7-6(2) 7-6(3)

The last minute substitution proved crucial. Sweden win four tie-breaks on the trot, even more confident than in Siri's singles wins. Yet again Botswana get to two match wins only to lose to their nemesis - and the Gaborone crowd go home very disappointed.

Guangzhou: China def. South Africa 5-0
Wong/Ziyi (CHN) vs du Preez/Bartoli (RSA) 7-5 7-6(1)

A clean sweep completed in straight sets. South Africa will have a tough time surviving in April.

Roma: Italy def. Australia 4-1
Androsciani/Benedetti (ITA) vs Hingisafrilia/Pemovic (AUS) 7-6(7) 7-5

One would think Nunzia and Giusa were tired, but they sweep onwards, taking the doubles in two tight sets to delight the home fans.

Praha: Czech Republic lost to Canada 2-3
Kartincova/Tenesova (CZE) vs Jarocka-Pottinger/Soren (CAN) 6-4 7-6(5)

A slight recovery in the dead rubber, which Ella again skipped. The Czechs will be highly seeded for the play-offs, but can they defend their ranking position after being the only seeds to lose in the World Group quarterfinals?

World Group II - Sunday - Singles Rubber 4

Phuket: South East Asia lost to Russia 2-3
Nemayeva/Skankhova (RUS) def. Mensarb/Pryde-Degman (SEA) 6-2 7-5

A good Fed Cup debut from South East Asia, but rather limp surrender in the final doubles match; they fell behind from the start and never really recovered. Russia, who were 3-12 in their last three matches, have finally halted their slide.

Stuttgart: Germany lost to Eastern Europe 1-4
Naaumy/Vladimirescu (EE) def. Graf/Harlow (GER) 7-6(3) 7-6(0)

Very convincing win for Eastern Europe here, Cristina rounding off with two professional tie-breaks.

Wimbledon: Great Britain lost to France 1-4
Lamy-Chappuis/Mésane (FRA) def. Galbraith/Galbraith (GBR) 6-4 2-6 7-5

Another three-set dead rubber, which was dominated by some nifty net play and generally attractive tennis.

Malaga: Spain def. United States 5-0
C. Sánchez/M. Sánchez (ESP) def. Casanova/Johnson (USA) 7-5 4-6 7-6(1)

And finally, perhaps the most resounding result of the week-end; Candela and Marta were made to work hard, as the Americans wanted to avoid the bagel in this rubber, but they were unable to pick up their game in the tie-break and the hosts win 5-0 on the Spanish clay.

Drimal
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:06 PM
Siri, the fighter :cheer:

Wow Sweden turned it around again! :woohoo:

moodin0931
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:09 PM
Cant wait to see WGII draw :devil:

Håkon
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Summary

World Group I Semi-finals:
[1]Sweden vs. [3]China[H] (in China)
[4]Italy vs. Canada[H] (in Canada; choice of ground by lot)

World Group I Play-offs (winners to World Group I 2013)
Seeded teams: Czech Republic, Russia, Australia, France
Unseeded teams: Spain, Botswana, South Africa, Eastern Europe

World Group II Play-offs (winners to World Group II 2013)
Seeded teams: Germany, Great Britain, USA, Poland
Unseeded teams: Switzerland, Brazil, Lithuania, South East Asia

All these matches will be played on 22-23 April. The play-off draw will be announced soon.

The seeds are based on the Fed Cup rankings after this weekend's results.

Miracle Worker
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:12 PM
Poland will be seeded :cheer:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:17 PM
Fuck you Sweden.

Pie800
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Wow. Good work girls. :woohoo: One step closer to defending our title.
South Africa :hug: This is definitely bittersweet, seeing I was born and live in South Africa currently. I'll be cheering for you guys in your play-offs to stay in Group I.
And now for Sweden! Congrats winners. :)

burn
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Fuck you Sweden.

Pie800
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Fuck you Sweden.

Now now ladies, let's retain some dignity here. :angel:

Buitenzorg
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Australia :sad: congrats Italy :)

Congrats to other winners :) losers :hug:

JustPetko
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Switzerland :hearts:

Broseghini
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:11 PM
Anastasiya and Elena :inlove: Great win :cheer: Russia :drive:
South East Asia :hug:

Ajrob
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:50 PM
Spain :bounce:

Mattographer
Feb 6th, 2012, 02:42 AM
Espana! :bounce:

We don't need Regla Torres :happy:

Kəv.
Feb 6th, 2012, 03:52 AM
:o

Btw, Sam, Jawaskraya is Malaysian.

Alijah is like 0-4 in Fed Cup or something :happy:

Buitenzorg
Feb 6th, 2012, 04:07 AM
:o

Btw, Sam, Jawaskraya is Malaysian.

Alijah is like 0-4 in Fed Cup or something :happy:


I think Fleri's winning FED Cup record in singles quite good :hearts:

Asif_Nawaz
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:07 AM
wasn't henriksson supposed to play in the 2nd match? Anyhow, yay Sweden!! and congrats Siri for powering through despite my fail attempts.

lemonwilly
Feb 6th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Canada :cheer:

wongqks
Feb 6th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Wow go china, and glad Jane manage to pull off those wins, great match and hope we do well in the next round

égalité
Feb 6th, 2012, 02:45 PM
Russia :hysteric: :worship:

Håkon
Feb 6th, 2012, 06:58 PM
wasn't henriksson supposed to play in the 2nd match? Anyhow, yay Sweden!! and congrats Siri for powering through despite my fail attempts.

Yeah, but Mia hadn't sent points, so there was a substitution. And then another substitution when she did turn up. :p

moodin0931
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Cant wait for the new draws. :oh:

Håkon
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:06 PM
I think Fleri's winning FED Cup record in singles quite good :hearts:

Yeah always wins the dead rubbers ;)

Håkon
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:10 PM
Cant wait for the new draws. :oh:

World Group I play-offs:
Czech Republic vs. Eastern Europe (in Eastern Europe, choice of ground by lot)
Russia vs. Botswana (in Botswana)
Australia vs. South Africa (in South Africa, choice of ground by lot)
France vs. Spain (in France, choice of ground by lot)

World Group II play-offs:
Germany vs. Lithuania (in Germany, choice of ground by lot)
Great Britain vs. Brazil (in Great Britain, choice of ground by lot)
United States vs. South East Asia (in United States, choice of ground by lot)
Poland vs. Switzerland (in Poland, choice of ground by lot)

Ianto_Jones
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:46 PM
World Group I play-offs:
Czech Republic vs. Eastern Europe (in Eastern Europe, choice of ground by lot)
Russia vs. Botswana (in Botswana)
Australia vs. South Africa (in South Africa, choice of ground by lot)
France vs. Spain (in France, choice of ground by lot)

World Group II play-offs:
Germany vs. Lithuania (in Germany, choice of ground by lot)
Great Britain vs. Brazil (in Great Britain, choice of ground by lot)
United States vs. South East Asia (in United States, choice of ground by lot)
Poland vs. Switzerland (in Poland, choice of ground by lot)

Thats a good draw for Great Britain. I'm happy with this, we should be good to go forward and do battle with Brazil.

Broseghini
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Botswana :facepalm: without Elena or any other senior player :sobbing:

Miracle Worker
Feb 6th, 2012, 08:19 PM
Poland will choose venue :hearts:

We will choose surface too, right? :scratch:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Feb 6th, 2012, 10:17 PM
Botswana :facepalm: without Elena or any other senior player :sobbing:
That seems to be the only way Botswana can stay in World Group these days.

Michael.
Feb 6th, 2012, 11:41 PM
Czech Republic vs. Eastern Europe
Bucharest, Romania - Clay

égalité
Feb 7th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Botswana :facepalm: without Elena or any other senior player :sobbing:

Maybe I could come out of retirement to play Fed Cup :oh:

King Aaron
Feb 7th, 2012, 10:18 PM
Congratulations Canada. :yeah:

Sorry Aveta and Martine. :sobbing:
I let you guys down. :tape:
Let's make it back to World Group I. We can do this. :kiss:

IMPOSSIBLE
Feb 7th, 2012, 10:35 PM
Mia and Sweden :)

Håkon
Feb 8th, 2012, 10:51 PM
Poland will choose venue :hearts:

We will choose surface too, right? :scratch:

Yes, that's sort of what choosing venue implies :p

Presumably you'll want a grass court since that worked so well this time around. :angel:

The Fed Cup rankings after this round:

1 Sweden 14,555
2 (+1) China 11,547.50
3 (+1) Italy 8,765
4 (-2) Czech Republic 6,920
5 (+6) Canada 6,830
6 (-1) Russia 4,988
7 (=) Australia 4,600
8 (+4) France 3,632.50
9 (-3) Germany 3,112.50
10 (+4) Spain 3,012.50
11 (-3) Great Britain 2,712.50
12 (-3) Botswana 2,700.00
13 (deb) Eastern Europe 1,912.50
14 (-1) South Africa 1,747.50
15 (-5) United States 1,500
16 Poland 800
17 Switzerland 600
18 Brazil 400
19 Lithuania 200
20 South East Asia 0
20 Luxembourg 0
etc

Buitenzorg
Feb 8th, 2012, 10:58 PM
#7 for Australia :)

Thansk for the update Sam :hug:

burn
Feb 9th, 2012, 08:27 AM
Botswana :help:
Switzerland :banana: