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croat123
Sep 26th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Any idea on who will be on our team? I'm hoping for Martic, Vekic, Jurak and Konjuh (I think Miki isn't getting an invite after what happened last year).
We finally have a team that can compete with a chance to advance!

kulysport
Sep 26th, 2012, 01:25 PM
Im hoping for Martic, Lucic, Savic, Vekic

vladekCRO
Sep 26th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Martic, Vekic, Mrdeza, Jurak is more realistic

tennismaster8820
Sep 26th, 2012, 03:29 PM
Martic, Vekic, Mrdeza, Jurak is more realistic

Should be that!
I really hope Jurak would be invited and accepts it.
Jurak/Martic is potentialy great pairing!
If they all would come Croatia wouldn't have to be afraid of any team there IMO.

Greco
Nov 22nd, 2012, 03:57 AM
Single: Martic and Vekic (or Lucic)
Double: Martic & Jurak

4 player: Savic

SurfingPikachu
Nov 22nd, 2012, 05:32 AM
Martic, Donna, Lucic, Jurak

networthy
Nov 22nd, 2012, 07:38 AM
If they all would come Croatia wouldn't have to be afraid of any team there IMO.

Well, I don't think Croatia can get past Great Britain (Watson, Robson), Poland (Radwanska sisters) or Romania (Cirstea, Halep, etc.).

juan pablo
Nov 22nd, 2012, 07:46 AM
Lučić will never play for croatia, so please dont mention her name.

mic12
Nov 22nd, 2012, 05:43 PM
Lučić will never play for croatia, so please dont mention her name.

That's a little harsh! Despite the dive her career took, Mirjana is one of the best croatian players ever, and I don't see why people could not mention her.

ajmo!
Nov 23rd, 2012, 01:17 PM
Lučić will never play for croatia, so please dont mention her name.

Sorry, why would she?
And who the f are you to be that judgemental?
Mirjana's not only one of the best Croatia tennis players in history( to be honest only Majoli is better), she's also one of best Croatian sportswomen in history. She won two WTA tournaments and 2 WTA doubles tournament. She's doubles grand Slam champion, reached final in mixed doubles in Wimbledon and SF in singles. During all that time she promoted Croatia, and those were the days when Croatia wasn't ''popular'' or know in world in the way it is today. When playing for Croatian representation she won 12 matches and lost only one, always fought hard.

And what was she actually given in return? half of the media was writing crap about her in the start of new century and she wasn't given any help to come back(to tennis or Croatia). Not from Croatia, not from Croatian tennis. And it's not that they weren't able to find her sponsors, they didn't want to.
Mirjana's personality, interests, life story are all more than atractive to sponsors but she was given no help. She made it back on her own, she's not one of the best today but who knows if somebody was there to help her in Croatian sport in 2004 where she would be today.
But no, nobody from Croatia helped her, second best tennis in history of our country and one of the best sportswomen in history( frankly I see only Janica Kostelic, Blanka vlasic, Sanja Jovanovic and few other as more sucessfull).
So please don't you say that we shouldn't mention her name because she's given to this small country more then you will ever give probably. And if she decides to play for the USA next year, go Miki (you should have done it before). But knowing her, I don't see it happening.

croat123
Nov 23rd, 2012, 05:41 PM
Well, I don't think Croatia can get past Great Britain (Watson, Robson), Poland (Radwanska sisters) or Romania (Cirstea, Halep, etc.).
all we would need is petra or donna to win a singles match. petra/darija could compete with any of these teams in doubles. i think this is our big chance.

croat123
Nov 23rd, 2012, 05:43 PM
Sorry, why would she?
And who the f are you to be that judgemental?
Mirjana's not only one of the best Croatia tennis players in history( to be honest only Majoli is better), she's also one of best Croatian sportswomen in history. She won two WTA tournaments and 2 WTA doubles tournament. She's doubles grand Slam champion, reached final in mixed doubles in Wimbledon and SF in singles. During all that time she promoted Croatia, and those were the days when Croatia wasn't ''popular'' or know in world in the way it is today. When playing for Croatian representation she won 12 matches and lost only one, always fought hard.

And what was she actually given in return? half of the media was writing crap about her in the start of new century and she wasn't given any help to come back(to tennis or Croatia). Not from Croatia, not from Croatian tennis. And it's not that they weren't able to find her sponsors, they didn't want to.
Mirjana's personality, interests, life story are all more than atractive to sponsors but she was given no help. She made it back on her own, she's not one of the best today but who knows if somebody was there to help her in Croatian sport in 2004 where she would be today.
But no, nobody from Croatia helped her, second best tennis in history of our country and one of the best sportswomen in history( frankly I see only Janica Kostelic, Blanka vlasic, Sanja Jovanovic and few other as more sucessfull).
So please don't you say that we shouldn't mention her name because she's given to this small country more then you will ever give probably. And if she decides to play for the USA next year, go Miki (you should have done it before). But knowing her, I don't see it happening.
this. loyalty is a two-way street. i still somehow hope they can work it out...

networthy
Nov 23rd, 2012, 08:56 PM
all we would need is petra or donna to win a singles match. petra/darija could compete with any of these teams in doubles. i think this is our big chance.

You're right. I was thinking that zonal rubbers consisted of five matches. I forgot it's only three matches.

tennismaster8820
Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:28 PM
all we would need is petra or donna to win a singles match. petra/darija could compete with any of these teams in doubles. i think this is our big chance.

Exactly what I was thinking.
All these strong teams don't have 2 great players, only 1 is good so it will depend on form also.
Hopefully our girls will be in good one! :)

juan pablo
Nov 23rd, 2012, 11:53 PM
Sorry, why would she?
And who the f are you to be that judgemental?
Mirjana's not only one of the best Croatia tennis players in history( to be honest only Majoli is better), she's also one of best Croatian sportswomen in history. She won two WTA tournaments and 2 WTA doubles tournament. She's doubles grand Slam champion, reached final in mixed doubles in Wimbledon and SF in singles. During all that time she promoted Croatia, and those were the days when Croatia wasn't ''popular'' or know in world in the way it is today. When playing for Croatian representation she won 12 matches and lost only one, always fought hard.

And what was she actually given in return? half of the media was writing crap about her in the start of new century and she wasn't given any help to come back(to tennis or Croatia). Not from Croatia, not from Croatian tennis. And it's not that they weren't able to find her sponsors, they didn't want to.
Mirjana's personality, interests, life story are all more than atractive to sponsors but she was given no help. She made it back on her own, she's not one of the best today but who knows if somebody was there to help her in Croatian sport in 2004 where she would be today.
But no, nobody from Croatia helped her, second best tennis in history of our country and one of the best sportswomen in history( frankly I see only Janica Kostelic, Blanka vlasic, Sanja Jovanovic and few other as more sucessfull).
So please don't you say that we shouldn't mention her name because she's given to this small country more then you will ever give probably. And if she decides to play for the USA next year, go Miki (you should have done it before). But knowing her, I don't see it happening.

Keep living in your pathetic white and black world. Saint mirjana had chance last year and wasted it. Majoli will never call her again. End of story.

ajmo!
Nov 24th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Well fuck that chance. She's not the only player ever that didn't came. Many others did it more times and had no credit, she has some. And btw, she said she was injured and played Midland without training, just to get some matches. I believe 26 26 to Brengle does seem like she was injured

ma re
Nov 28th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Nice to see someone opening this thread (kudos to "someone";)), cause after all these years we finally should have a really decent team in 2013.

That said, I'm still not convinced, although I am hopeful, that we'll get out of the zonal mud soon. Achieving that is no small feat, as there are many good teams in the same bucket and some pretty great teams struggle for years to advance to WG2. It would be fantastic if our girls could make it, but that'll naturally depend on many factors - team selection being one of the most important.

Somehow I think that we can't really count on several girls (Lucic, Jurak, maybe Abramovic too), but that still leaves us with a chance for a strong team if both Petra and Donna show up. Mrdeza could be a valuable addition in weaker encounters and Ajla, if healthy, could play an important role as well. Vrljic and Savic are IMO very inconsistent, Mekovec too inexperienced and the other girls are just not on a level which I'd at the moment allow in the FC team. If Jurak doesn't show up (very probable IMO), we could get a pretty good doubles player in Pandzic I think (has a 100k title from '08), so it'll definately be interesting to see what Majoli decides.

ma re
Dec 12th, 2012, 04:23 PM
Ana Konjuh looks to be in, based on what her coach said these days, which gives us at least something to work with.

I don't know exactly when will the draw be made, but looking at the list of participants in our zone you can't help but think that Romania, Bulgaria, Netherlands and Great Britain are probably the strongest candidates for winning their respective groups - assuming none of them will be drawn in the same one.

tennismaster8820
Dec 12th, 2012, 06:19 PM
^^
If Petra gets there in good form she can beat any player from those countries and then doubles would decide.

croat123
Dec 13th, 2012, 02:17 AM
i think vekic would have a shot against most number 2 players as well...

ma re
Jan 8th, 2013, 04:15 PM
Looks like it's Martic, Vekic, Mrdeza and Konjuh this year, although I can't find it officially anywhere. If it proves to be true, sounds very good. That is, of course, assuming Petra gets to a good start in Melbourne and that Vekic's form remains constant. Both Vekic and Konjuh can be good in doubles, which is great cause Petra will probably get to play a lot in singles (as is expected). Mrdeza might be an interesting addition this year, cause she is known for giving a decent resistance and often getting the job done against girls ranked about the same as she is.

Really looking forward to February, but first thing's first...Melbourne. With all four Down Under it'll give us a better idea of what can we expect in FC.

juan pablo
Jan 8th, 2013, 04:56 PM
http://www.fedcup.com/en/results/group-i/europe-africa/2013.aspx

juan pablo
Jan 14th, 2013, 01:50 PM
Group A
Austria: Tamira Paszek, Yvonne Meusburger, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Nicole Rottmann, Jurgen Waber (captain)
Belarus: Olga Govortsova, Ilona Kremen, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Ekaterina Dzehalevich, Tatiana Poutchek (captain) vika wd
Georgia: Sofia Shapatava, Sofia Kvatsabaia, Ekaterine Gorgodze, Margalita Chakhnashvili (playing captain)
Croatia: Petra Martic, Donna Vekic, Tereza Mrdeza, Ana Konjuh, Iva Majoli (captain)

ma re
Jan 14th, 2013, 01:59 PM
Well IMO Belarussians are the favs even without Vika, but we actually might stand a chance if Petra gets it together by then. But since that's not very likely to happen, we'll probably end up 2nd in the group and miss the chance to play for a place in WG2.

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 19th, 2013, 03:39 PM
Paszek also withdrew. I think we have a chance to win the group :D

ma re
Jan 19th, 2013, 04:31 PM
I wish I could be as optimistic. There are still many moonballers in the field and those can easily prove lethal for our youngsters. Of course, having Iva there will help them calm down and focus, but still it's quite a lot to ask of them.

Here's how our girls stand against this field (minus Paszek and her eventual replacement):

Mrdeza - Meusburger 1:1
Mrdeza - Mayr 0:1
Mrdeza - Kremen 1:0
Mrdeza - Shapatava 1:0
Mrdeza - Kvatsabaia 1:1
TOTAL 4:3

Martic - Mayr 2:2
Martic - Meusburger 1:1
Martic - Govortsova 0:1
Martic - Dzehalevich 0:1
Martic - Shapatava 1:0
TOTAL 4:5

Donna and Ana never played against any of these to my knowledge.

OK, some of these matches took place years ago, but it's still not nice to see some of the h2h's, especially in the light of Petra's recent form. We also don't have a great and experienced doubles player other than Petra. Donna never plays doubles now and Ana still hasn't played a professional doubles match.

Still, hoping for the best of course :)

tennismaster8820
Jan 19th, 2013, 04:35 PM
I thought Martic withdrew from Fed Cup. :confused:
I've read it somewhere...

ma re
Jan 19th, 2013, 04:39 PM
Really?! Try to remember where - A.S.A.P.!!!

ma re
Jan 19th, 2013, 04:43 PM
Found it (and can't believe I missed it!)...http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Tenis/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/199606/Default.aspx

Minor knee problem, but she is out of practice for at least two weeks, even longer away from competitive matches :sad:

That much for our chances of winning the group.

tennismaster8820
Jan 19th, 2013, 04:56 PM
^^
Well she wouldn't be much of help anyway in such condition.
I think Donna, Tereza and Ana can still give us some hope.
Will any player replace Petra???

juan pablo
Jan 19th, 2013, 05:26 PM
Jurak, I think.

ajmo!
Jan 19th, 2013, 07:25 PM
^^
Well she wouldn't be much of help anyway in such condition.
I think Donna, Tereza and Ana can still give us some hope.
Will any player replace Petra???

Guess they written Lucic off a bit to soon.

tennismaster8820
Jan 19th, 2013, 08:14 PM
Guess they written Lucic off a bit to soon.

I don't think Mirjana is interested in FC at all.
Wish it was not that way but...her choice, not to blame.
If she wanted to play nobody could stop her anyway.

croat123
Jan 19th, 2013, 09:11 PM
hope it is jurak. donna will have to play very well

ma re
Jan 20th, 2013, 08:49 AM
Donna will find herself in a completely new situation - to be the team leader :eek: A lot of pressure on young shoulders, that's for sure, but it could actually do a lot of good for her confidence as well. Yes, Jurak would be a good replacement considering she is not defending any major points until later in the month and would be an amazing help for doubles. Savic is probably out of the question cause she's already in Australia getting ready for tournaments and to cancel all that off and come to Israel would be asking for a lot. Vrljic wouldn't be of much help ATM due to her recent (in)activity and questionable form.

croat123
Jan 27th, 2013, 02:24 PM
any news on the replacement? without martic, we should still beat georgia handily and i think we can beat belarus as well. austria will be tough, but paszek isn't good on hard courts...

ma re
Jan 27th, 2013, 02:37 PM
any news on the replacement? without martic, we should still beat georgia handily and i think we can beat belarus as well. austria will be tough, but paszek isn't good on hard courts...

Paszek is not playing, according to ITF; Meusburger is their #1.

ma re
Jan 27th, 2013, 03:27 PM
Btw, I haven't heard anything about a replacement for Martic either. Hopefully it's Jurak, but in case she can't make it, I think Vrljic would be the next best thing all things considered. But next week she is defending some points (a semi of a 25k) so I'm not sure she'll be available.

croat123
Jan 27th, 2013, 03:30 PM
Paszek is not playing, according to ITF; Meusburger is their #1.
wow, that's great news. i really think we could make it. hope there is a feed like in the past.

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 27th, 2013, 04:42 PM
Too bad that Poland awaits in the play-off. :lol:
But making the play-off would be still awesome. :hearts:

ma re
Jan 27th, 2013, 04:52 PM
Yes, winning the group would be great as well, as it would be a step forward compared to past seasons. But on a side note guys, Paszek has been erased from the Austrian list, but Petra hasn't been removed from ours :confused: I guess they're just waiting to find a replacement before they confirm the change.

http://www.fedcup.com/en/results/group-i/europe-africa/2013.aspx

crotennis2
Jan 28th, 2013, 05:15 AM
Just to stay at this level, for 1-2 years more is good. Many young girls coming through and forget Lucic, she is not the team player. Petra is needed, though she needs time for recover and training, and career progress. Austria are not so great, Georgia are okay and Belarus will be good. Donna lost to one of the Belarus players last year in a bad way, so this does not mean well.

crotennis2
Jan 28th, 2013, 05:16 AM
Govortsova gone from team or injured. Saw this on twitter (after teh girl who beat Donna was called in).

ma re
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:43 AM
Well if Govortsova is out as well, that certainly helps us. Still, there'll be some nasty draws for the youngsters against experienced defensive players like Meusburger, where Iva's presence will play an essential role.

Btw, anyone knows if there'll be live streaming?

crotennis2
Jan 28th, 2013, 09:36 AM
I heard yes for live streaming. One in the big site, firstrow, then there is a local company streaming it? Got to check.

Belarus are strong not the best, still good. Unless the matches are right and even, all matters in doubles.

kulysport
Jan 28th, 2013, 07:19 PM
why Savic isnt playing for our fed cup team

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 28th, 2013, 07:24 PM
Because she is in Australia. How could she now come back only for Fed Cup.

ajmo!
Jan 28th, 2013, 07:54 PM
She would be (savic)great to play singles, I'm afraid Ana's not experienced enough. We really need Lucic or Savic in team now. But it wont happen.

vladekCRO
Jan 28th, 2013, 09:01 PM
Savic would be great for our team, shame that she won't play but she had that Australia tour planned long time ago. She probably didn't had any hope about Fed cup and that happened Ankara.

She will probably play in next occasion and I'm really looking forward for it.

Vekic and Konjuh are really talented, Savic looks very promising, Ajla is back and of course, Petra is our top player and she can do a lot when she is healthy.

We will be so strong in two-three years :D

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 28th, 2013, 09:20 PM
The goal now is anyway to win the GROUP A which is totally possible even without Petra right now.

ma re
Jan 29th, 2013, 07:08 AM
So far in Fed cup we're leading h2h against Austria 2:1, also leading against Georgia 1:0 but we trail Belarus 1:2. Of course, this includes ties played 15 or more years ago with completely different player fields, but it's still official info. Also, we played in the group against Austria and Belarus exactly 2 years ago, when we defeated Austria 3:0 and lost to Belarus with the same scoreline.

P. S. Govortsova and Martic still listed on the FC website...

ajmo!
Jan 29th, 2013, 08:35 AM
Austria will be problematical with Meusburger and Mayr. If Tomljanovic was in the team we would surely make it.

crotennis2
Jan 29th, 2013, 10:51 AM
So far in Fed cup we're leading h2h against Austria 2:1, also leading against Georgia 1:0 but we trail Belarus 1:2. Of course, this includes ties played 15 or more years ago with completely different player fields, but it's still official info. Also, we played in the group against Austria and Belarus exactly 2 years ago, when we defeated Austria 3:0 and lost to Belarus with the same scoreline.

P. S. Govortsova and Martic still listed on the FC website...

There is no big dangers in the group the players can all win. Will Martic play? Do the fed update so often or are teams wait until the last moment. I might be wrong for Govortsova, now to kill someone :fiery::lol:

ma re
Feb 2nd, 2013, 06:26 AM
A few hours ago Croatian tennis (FB) posted that the most probable replacement for Martic is Jurak. They're probably just guessing, but who knows.

ajmo!
Feb 2nd, 2013, 12:11 PM
Yes, Majoli confirmed it a couple days ago.


Petra Martić imala je operaciju u Australiji i neće moći nastupiti. Uz Donnu i Anu, pozvala sam Dariju Jurak, koja je naša najbolje plasirana igračica u konkurenciji parova, a tu je i Tereza Mrdeža, koja je također mlada a ušla je među 200 najboljih. Ona upravo igra na challengeru u Izraelu što će joj pomoći da se lakše prilagodi uvjetima.

croat123
Feb 2nd, 2013, 12:27 PM
Good, we have Darija. That alone gives us a shot at all of the doubles points :)

ma re
Feb 2nd, 2013, 01:11 PM
Jurak/Konjuh could be a reeeeaaaally interesting pairing :D

croat123
Feb 2nd, 2013, 03:23 PM
agreed :) really too bad petra isn't here...i think petra, donna, ana and darija would make it through to WG2 qualifying

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 2nd, 2013, 05:13 PM
now interesting to see who will play as a racket n.2. Ana or Tereza :)

ma re
Feb 4th, 2013, 12:53 PM
Folks at ITF finally edited the player lists so it's officially...

- Austria: Yvonne Meusburger, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Nicole Rottmann, Melanie Klaffner, Jurgen Waber (captain)

- Belarus: Olga Govortsova, Ilona Kremen, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Ekaterina Dzehalevich, Tatiana Poutchek (captain)

- Croatia: Donna Vekic, Tereza Mrdeza, Ana Konjuh, Darija Jurak, Iva Majoli (captain)

- Georgia: Sofia Shapatava, Sofia Kvatsabaia, Ekaterine Gorgodze, Margalita Chakhnashvili (playing captain)

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 4th, 2013, 12:55 PM
Chakhnashvili as a playing captain is quite funny. :p

Losing Streak
Feb 4th, 2013, 01:15 PM
"Life is so hard sometimes ... #Israel # FedCup13"

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From Ana Konjuh's Instagram ;) :)

Losing Streak
Feb 5th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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ma re
Feb 5th, 2013, 12:23 PM
LSH still doesn't show it'll be streaming FC tomorrow...:confused: Anyone knows where it'll be available? Btw, starting time is said to be 10 AM, probably local time, which would mean an hour eralier here in Croatia.

networthy
Feb 5th, 2013, 06:25 PM
The schedule is out:

Wednesday 6 February
Afternoon session - 15:30 (13:30 GMT)
- Austria v Croatia

Thursday 7 February
Afternoon session - 15:30 (13:30 GMT)
- Croatia v Georgia

Friday 8 February
Afternoon session - 15:30 (13:30 GMT)
- Belarus v Croatia

Saturday 9 February
Playoffs

Good luck!

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 5th, 2013, 06:25 PM
Livestream tomorrow only for GBR-BIH and ISR-TUR.

ma re
Feb 5th, 2013, 06:35 PM
Livestream tomorrow only for GBR-BIH and ISR-TUR.

If it'll be like this all the time - only 2 out of 8 daily ties streamed - we stand roughly 0% chance to see our girls live...:sad: Thanks for the info anyway :)

networthy
Feb 5th, 2013, 07:40 PM
If it'll be like this all the time - only 2 out of 8 daily ties streamed - we stand roughly 0% chance to see our girls live...:sad: Thanks for the info anyway :)

Maybe if CRO makes the playoffs? :confused:

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 5th, 2013, 09:51 PM
http://67.231.107.53/widgets/fedcup.aspx?id=8BB21915-9AC9-4A96-98E5-D221E7443285

LIVE SCORES

ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 06:46 AM
Maybe if CRO makes the playoffs? :confused:

Well that's about the only possibility. I was really hoping for something more. Oh well, no other way now girls, you gotta reach the play-offs :devil:

volume3d
Feb 6th, 2013, 03:42 PM
Mrdeza lost to Mayr 36 57

ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 03:44 PM
v3d beat me to it :lol: Next up Meusburger vs Vekic. Good luck Donna!

Hele.
Feb 6th, 2013, 05:18 PM
Donna won 6-1 6-3! :bounce: Hope our girls can win doubles! As Belarus is without Azarenka, if Darija and Ana won doubles, our girls have realistic chance to be first in group! :eek:

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 05:34 PM
Doubles is: Konjuh/Jurak vs Mayr-Achleitner/Meusburger :)

ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 05:35 PM
So far things are going very well. In the first one Tereza gave it a good fight against a former top 70, and in the second Donna did far better than I expected to demolish Meusburger - the same one who is responsible for one of the ugliest WTA matches I ever witnessed, that error-fest against Martic in R1 of Bad Gastein last year. This was exactly why I was afraid for Donna in her match, because it's her least favorit type of opponent. True, this is not clay and Meusy is not as convincing on HC, but still, it wasn't a nice feeling for me before this match.

Now on to doubles, I believe our girls (Jurak/Konjuh - kudos to captain for that) can win this, maybe even very convincingly.

ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 05:37 PM
Of course, now I see that Austrians changed the doubles team...but still, this is winnable IMO.

Ajmo:bounce:

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 06:27 PM
Tereza :hug:

Dinna! :hearts: :bounce:

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 06:35 PM
Tereza :oh:

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ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:00 PM
Darija and Ana cruising along - just confirmed a break for 6:4, 4:2*

Keep it going girls, first win around the corner!

ma re
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:03 PM
And *5:2...:D

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:12 PM
6:4 5:4! Deciding game :cheer:

ajmo!
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:12 PM
Uh GO GO

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:14 PM
MP :p

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:14 PM
Tie won! :bounce:

18majors
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:18 PM
Congratulations!

croat123
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:19 PM
wow, huge win. i doubted majoli's choice, but i guess she knows best! huge, huge win. now they just need to stay grounded and cruise through the next two matches.

networthy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:23 PM
Tie won! :bounce:

Awesome :woohoo:

First Fed Cup match for Konjuh, and it's a win!

CRO has a good chance to finish first in the group :eek:

Surely CRO's Fed Cup ranking, currently #40, will go up after this week :yeah:

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:26 PM
Btw, next matches:

Vekić vs Chakhnashvili
Mrdeza vs Kvatsabaia
(Shapatava injured herself today).

And the decisive tie:

Vekić vs Kremen
Mrdeza vs Sasnovich

Keep calm and keep winning :)

networthy
Feb 6th, 2013, 07:36 PM
Tereza :oh:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/563141_479067582156529_786615674_n.jpg


Tereza looks adorable :hearts:

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:03 PM
Yes :awww: :hearts:



https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/557817_440952142643084_214248517_n.jpg

croat123
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:41 PM
Btw, next matches:

Vekić vs Chakhnashvili
Mrdeza vs Kvatsabaia
(Shapatava injured herself today).

And the decisive tie:

Vekić vs Kremen
Mrdeza vs Sasnovich

Keep calm and keep winning :)
exactly, they just need to stay calm and not get ahead of themselves. I can't believe they are so close to fighting it out for a WG2 spot (and hopefully we'll have Petra for that)

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:43 PM
exactly, they just need to stay calm and not get ahead of themselves. I can't believe they are so close to fighting it out for a WG2 spot (and hopefully we'll have Petra for that)

when was last time CRO played in World Group?

croat123
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:59 PM
i can't remember...i vaguely remember sprem playing dementieva on clay in croatia maybe 5-7 years ago. it's been a while.

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:00 PM
Just checked, Croatia was in World Group during 1996-2008 with no break!
Then in 2008 Croatia lost the tie to Serbia 2-3...

tennismaster8820
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:03 PM
i can't remember...i vaguely remember sprem playing dementieva on clay in croatia maybe 5-7 years ago. it's been a while.

It was this tie: :lol:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4doex_fed-cup-croatia-russia-ancic-dement_sport#.URLSrvJS5ak

Now to comment on final match of doubles, I thought Jurak and Konjuh were obvious choices for last match.
Konjuh is full of confidence now and just won AO junior doubles, I don't think Vekic or Mrdeza have such good results.
Hopefully Ana gets a chance to play singles match too. :)

tennismaster8820
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:05 PM
Just checked, Croatia was in World Group during 1996-2008 with no break!
Then in 2008 Croatia lost the tie to Serbia 2-3...

I was there in the hall, Kostanic and Ožegović had no chance obviously. :lol:

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:25 PM
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Luv their outfit! :hearts:

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:28 PM
Where are the pics from? :D

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:30 PM
Croatian Tennis FB page :D

Losing Streak
Feb 6th, 2013, 09:38 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/578070_574526285892587_1204257129_n.jpg

networthy
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:44 AM
Between the Konjuh, Mrdeza, Vekic and Fed Cup threads, I feel like I'm seeing all the posts this week in quadruple :sobbing:

Needless to say, I'll be posting this on the other three threads :)

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 07:42 AM
Congrats girls, a really important point against the Austrians :worship:

Now onto the next tie with Georgia. I'm actually not very happy about Majoli's choice for that one. I'd give a chance to Ana in singles, cause neither of the Georgian girls is ranked higher than 400 and I think Ana can handle them, especially with a coach by her side. I'd give Ana's doubles spot to Donna, cause she rarely plays doubles and this, given the opponents and a doubles partner, would be a great opportunity for her to play without much pressure. I'm pretty sure they'd win. It would be a slightly riskier choice than what she went for, but not too risky IMO. And it would give Ana some valuable experience and Donna a chance to give it a shot in doubles after a really long time.

Oh well, let's hope we the fans are again wrong and that the captain again knows best...;)


P. S. I see that there were last minute changes in the Belarussian team which is now represented by Kremen, Sasnovich, Marozava and Dzehalevich - so Govortsova really did pull out; feel sorry for her, happy for us!

Greco
Feb 7th, 2013, 10:42 AM
Croatian Tennis FB page :D

Oh, that´s my page (https://www.facebook.com/croatiantennis)http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif


Btw. will A. Radwanska and Urszula playing in Saturday and Sunday ? (WTA Doha start in Monday)

tennismaster8820
Feb 7th, 2013, 12:07 PM
Court 3 OOP for today:

Round-Robin
Pool A, Singles
KONJUH, Ana vs. KVATSABAIA, Sofia ST 3:30 PM
Round-Robin
Pool A, Singles
VEKIC, Donna vs. CHAKHNASHVILI, Margalita FB 3:30 PM
Round-Robin
Pool A, Doubles
MRDEZA, Tereza
JURAK, Darija
vs.
CHAKHNASHVILI, Margalita
GORGODZE, Ekaterine FB 3:30 PM

tennismaster8820
Feb 7th, 2013, 12:08 PM
Good to see that Ana has a chance for a first singles win in FC! :)
Good luck!

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 7th, 2013, 12:09 PM
First Slovenia and Luxembourg must finish... :rolleyes:

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 12:10 PM
Oh, that´s my page (https://www.facebook.com/croatiantennis)http://www.pic4ever.com/images/acigar.gif


Btw. will A. Radwanska and Urszula playing in Saturday and Sunday ? (WTA Doha start in Monday)
We would play them on Saturday....pretty sure both will still be available

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 12:11 PM
OK now seriously...is Iva following us? :lol: Great choice for singles and Tereza/Darija are definately good enough for a win in doubles (not that doubles will matter much IMO). Really looking forward to this one!

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:39 PM
Ana up 5:0* but things are not exactly going very smoothly...not that I'm worried just pointing it out cause the scoreline is very deceiving at the moment - several long games so far. Keep it up Ana!

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:41 PM
Oh btw, hope Iva is keeping an eye on Sasnovich as well, as she is taking care of Mayr right now. It's not exactly as brutally as Donna did it yesterday, but still 6:3, 3:0 up.

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 01:57 PM
Mayr on level terms but Ana on autopilot :lol: Things are looking nice...

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:39 PM
Croatia - Georgia 16:0 (so far); Donna up a double break in the first...bo-ring :rolleyes:

Just kidding. Keep it up Donna ;)


On a side note, Urszula lost a set to Ozgen...?

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:44 PM
Here I am, still talkin' to myself...anyway, looks like the war is on! Donna wants her double bagel today as well :lol: Half way there so far ;)

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Donna 6-0 (CRO 18-0)

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Croatia - Georgia 16:0 (so far); Donna up a double break in the first...bo-ring :rolleyes:

Just kidding. Keep it up Donna ;)


On a side note, Urszula lost a set to Ozgen...?
if ozgen can do it, ana can do it too :)

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 02:55 PM
Urszula made it, 6:2 in the third, but it was far from comfortable. Mayr currently serving to stay in the match at 4:5 in the third.

And Donna 6:0, 3:0 up :cool:

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:02 PM
bp georgia...don't mess this up Donna :p

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:03 PM
Donna did mess it up..6-0 4-1* damn haha

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:05 PM
Urgh, now everything's ruined...:lol:


Nice to be this excited about Fed Cup again!

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:15 PM
So that much for Chaknashvili. Next up the doubles - let's make it clear girls, at least one bagel in mandatory today...:lol:

Mayr lost her match so now Kremen and Meusy will tell us (maybe) if we'll be in a direct battle for #1 tomorrow with the Belarus team.

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:25 PM
is there any result that would seal our number 1 spot today? it would be good if donna and ana could get a break tomorrow. i wouldn't be surprised if the polish captain gave ula a day off...
we can't expect donna or ana to win against poland, but i think ana does have the better shot given that ula has struggled in both of her matches so far this week.
next up is doubles...important to finish it with a win in case the unthinkable happens tomorrow.

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:32 PM
is there any result that would seal our number 1 spot today?

I don't think so - Belarus beat Georgia yesterday and we took out Austria so that's...

Belarus 1 (3:0)
Croatia 1 (2:1)
Austria 0 (1:2)
Georgia 0 (0:3)

So now that we took care of Georgia the day will finish at either 2-2-0-0 or 2-1-1-0 but we can still lose tomorrow. It would be nice that Austrians at least win something today so that they mess up Belarussian's perfect score from yesterday, in case we are tied for points.

So no, everything will be resolved tomorrow.

Hele.
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:37 PM
Awesome! :bounce: It is so great we have chance to be first in group! I believe we are better than Belarus! :bounce:

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:53 PM
2:0*
...
2:2*
...
*3:2

Not bad, but not exactly a walk in the park so far for Darija/Tereza.

Kremen up a set against Meusburger 6:2, and Aga also won the first against Buyukakcay 6:1.

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 03:57 PM
Doubles rankings of Georgians:

Shapatava currently 279, career-high 178
Gorgodze currently 246, career-high 212

...and they're on level terms with our girls?

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 04:06 PM
...aaaaand we're up a break again (4:3).

So here's a crazy thought. If we get to play Belarus in a direct battle for the top spot in the group, could that somehow, possibly, maybe, hopefully get us onto the Center court? Not that I'll be holding my breath while there are the likes of UK, Poland and Israel "available"...

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 04:17 PM
Up a set (6:3), down a break (0:1) - I mean really girls, this is not funny. Looks like someone started celebrating a little too early and this is where Majoli has to intervene and get their heads together.

Btw, Meusburger up a break in the second set against Kremen!

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 04:31 PM
OK we're back, after serving at 0:2 in the second we're now at 3:2*.

Aga took care of the Turkish girl 1 and 2 and Meusburger took a set off Kremen!

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 04:38 PM
Does getting from 0:2 to 6:2 count as a bagel?...:lol:

Nice work girls;)

I was also fiddling with numbers lately;

- thus far Tereza lost a total of 13 games in 1 match
- Donna 5 in 2 matches
- Ana 0 in 1 match

Total: 18 games lost in 4 singles matches (4.5 per match).

croat123
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:03 PM
i believe we are the favorites against belarus as well, but i'm surprised they are beating austria. still, donna/ana are the favorites.

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:19 PM
So Belarus did win both of their matches matches, but if Sasnovich needed 3 sets to take out Mayr and Tereza lost to Mayr in a pretty competitive match, that says quite a lot. I think we're the favorites for tomorrow. Belarus is still to play a doubles match which might be somewhat important, but so far everything is going as planned.

Currently it's...

1. Belarus 2 (5:0)
2. Croatia 2 (5:1)
3. Austria 0 (1:4)
4. Georgia 0 (0:6)

networthy
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:25 PM
So Belarus did win both of their matches matches, but if Sasnovich needed 3 sets to take out Mayr and Tereza lost to Mayr in a pretty competitive match, that says quite a lot. I think we're the favorites for tomorrow. Belarus is still to play a doubles match which might be somewhat important, but so far everything is going as planned.

Currently it's...

1. Belarus 2 (5:0)
2. Croatia 2 (5:1)
3. Austria 0 (1:4)
4. Georgia 0 (0:6)

Excellent work so far. This guarantees CRO will do better than last year, when it finished 9th in Europe/Africa Zone Group I.

18majors
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:29 PM
Does getting from 0:2 to 6:2 count as a bagel?...:lol:

Nice work girls;)

I was also fiddling with numbers lately;

- thus far Tereza lost a total of 13 games in 1 match
- Donna 5 in 2 matches
- Ana 0 in 1 match

Total: 18 games lost in 4 singles matches (4.5 per match).

Both Donna and Ana are like indestructible supertankers!

networthy
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:36 PM
By the way, this is Croatia's fourth tie won in a row (last year, they lost their first two round-robin ties but then beat LUX in the third RR tie and BIH in the positional playoff).

The team's longest winning run is five ties, back in 1992: http://www.fedcup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=CRO ("Team Stats" tab)

ma re
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:46 PM
Will Belarus and Austria play doubles? They're still not out on court so I wonder. Maybe someone got injured or something similar happened. It would surely suit us more if Austria would snatch a doubles win today.

networthy
Feb 7th, 2013, 05:51 PM
...and here are Croatia's final positions in the E/A Zone Group I, beginning in 2009 (after it was relegated from World Group II):

2009: Tied for 5th (out of 15 countries)

2010: Tied for 11th (out of 16 countries)

2011: Tied for 7th (out of 15 countries)

2012: Tied for 9th (out of 15 countries)

2013: ??? (so far, at worst tied for 7th, out of 16 countries)

Greco
Feb 7th, 2013, 09:36 PM
http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1305/42599747991028873892515.jpg


http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/9623/56297147991381873857217.jpg

tennismaster8820
Feb 7th, 2013, 09:57 PM
Great news to see Croatia winning so easily vs Georgia! :)
All our players seem to have lots of fun there, hopefully they can beat Belarus too.

Is OOP available for tomorow?

Losing Streak
Feb 7th, 2013, 10:07 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/562982_479914002071887_313430378_n.jpg

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ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:08 AM
Is OOP available for tomorow?

We're playing the afternoon session, so just like the previous two days. Groups B and D currently in action.

EDIT: I was just browsing WG2 to see who is playing there this weekend, and among teams like Belgium, France and Germany, I see...Argentina? I mean no disrespect but seriously, if they made it through, so can we. In fact, most teams among those 8 look a lot like ours in terms of player rankings.

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:26 AM
Austrians won the doubles yesterday by a walkover, which means we are totally tied with Belarus at the moment.

1. Belarus 2 (5:1)
1. Croatia 2 (5:1)
3. Austria 0 (2:4)
4. Georgia 0 (0:6)

tennismaster8820
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:47 AM
I wonder who will play today, Ana or Tereza? :scared:
Shame there is no OOP available to find it out. :(

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:49 AM
As much as I love her I wouldn't risk it with Tereza - eventhough she might be perfectly capable to get us a win. It's too important of a tie.

I believe OOP will be available once all morning session matches are over.

tennismaster8820
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:57 AM
^^
Do you think Tereza would think it's unfair to let Ana play over her when she has a better ranking and Ana is "only" a junior?

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 11:01 AM
^^
Do you think Tereza would think it's unfair to let Ana play over her when she has a better ranking and Ana is "only" a junior?

Well, I don't know Tereza personally, but if she is a reasonable person she'd go along with whatever the Captain decides. Of course we haven't seen the matches and I could be totally wrong about this, but looking from afar, that's how things look to me. But I'm pretty sure Majoli knows what she's doing and that she'll make the right decision. Now if only these guys would let our girls play on CC today...:angel:

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 12:34 PM
It is Ana to play against Sasnovich and Donna against Kremen. Sasnovich is favorite against Ana I think as she is 369th player in the world and won both of her matches here. Tereza's rank is better than her, but still Iva has chosen Ana. I believe she has a reason for that. Maybe because Sasnovich beat Mayr and Tereza loss to her. Then Donna plays against Kremen (who needed 3 sets to beat Shapatava) and is about 150 places below Donna in rank so I believe Donna can beat her. Well, I think Ana has chances in first match, but still I'm afraid that in the end doubles will decide. ;)

vladekCRO
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:33 PM
Ana lost six set points :o

TB now

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:34 PM
Ana had several break/set pts at 6-5 but it is tie-break now! I hope Ana will stay focused and take this first set!

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:39 PM
Ana choked in first set! :sobbing: Lost tie-break 7-3! :sobbing: Hope she will keep level of the game and stay concentrated!

vladekCRO
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:39 PM
How did she manage to lose first set :o

Had 4-1, 5-3 and then 6-5* and six set points :(

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:48 PM
Sasnovich is a major pusher - Pervak like. That's the way she won that set I guess.

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:58 PM
Ana lost six set points :o

TB now

:lol:

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 01:59 PM
like it when there's actually some struggle for these young ladies ;)

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:06 PM
Damn, 2-0 to 2-3 and wasted bps in the last game

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:08 PM
If Ana is nervous, I would play Vekic and Jurak in the doubles...

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:09 PM
15-40 :sad:

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:12 PM
She held! 3-3

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:20 PM
Bp take it!

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:21 PM
she breaks, serving 5*-4

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:22 PM
Ana to serve for the second set....fight!!

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:24 PM
Set point

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:25 PM
She takes it! Third set, here we come

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Ana is break up in the 3rd 3*-2

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:49 PM
Ana the Great!

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 02:59 PM
Ana has shown tremendous resilience!

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:01 PM
Ana 5*-2
please finish it

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:01 PM
It was big fight to get break in third and then to keep it for 4-2! Very long game but Ana succeed it and than fastly took another break! Just to close is it out now! :bounce:

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:05 PM
great win! showed a lot of mental toughness out there today. hope she isn't too tired for Ula tomorrow

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:05 PM
Wow, this was fast! :drool: Congrats Ana! I'm so impressed that after she choked first set, won match in the end! She is just 15!! :bounce: More experienced players would crush mentally! Well, well done girl!

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:12 PM
Congratulations, Ana's steamrolling continues!

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:21 PM
any chance HRT or SPTV will pick up the matches tomorrow? It's a huge milestone for our women's tennis...

JarkaFish
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:24 PM
Well done, Ana! :worship:

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:29 PM
any chance HRT or SPTV will pick up the matches tomorrow? It's a huge milestone for our women's tennis...

:lol:...yeah, that was a good one :sad: I hope you're right, but the chances for that to happen are very slim I'd say. HRT is already broadcasting Zagreb Indoors and tomorrow they're scheduled for both semis. But streaming should be available online, which is also nice.

Anyway, awesome fighting from Ana, really impressive stuff against a moonballer. Definately a great experience for her! Great job kid!

JarkaFish
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:55 PM
Where do you guys get the live scores? :confused:

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:56 PM
Set point Donna

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:56 PM
http://67.231.107.53/widgets/fedcup.aspx?id=8BB21915-9AC9-4A96-98E5-D221E7443285
Donna 6-1

JarkaFish
Feb 8th, 2013, 03:58 PM
Thanks! :yeah:

Hele.
Feb 8th, 2013, 04:21 PM
First set not that easy as it seems. ;)
4-2 up in second. :bounce:

JarkaFish
Feb 8th, 2013, 04:42 PM
Broken while serving out the match..:facepalm:

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 05:33 PM
So it was a long day but the final win is here and the final point is won - congrats to the whole team for an amazing job. This is already a wonderful achievement considering we have a team with an average age of something like 17 yrs 2 mths :lol: Today Glushko took a point off of Poland (against Ula) so who knows what might happen tomorrow. Of course, Polacs are huge favorites, let's not forget that. I'm a little worried about Ana, not so much in regard to the time spent on court, but more in regards to the type of match she played and the emotional effect this match definately had on her. She might be mentally drained after such a huge battle and unable to concentrate properly tomorrow. But hey, our job here is done already if you ask me, everything beyond this would be a huge plus.

volume3d
Feb 8th, 2013, 05:35 PM
Poland lost fist set in doubles match lol, if Israel wins they are no1 in that group?

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 05:58 PM
Congratulations, Croatia!

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:07 PM
cruising in doubles--although I think we shouldn't have played it
winner of poland-israel doubles will play us tomorrow.

ajmo!
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:09 PM
who's playing? mrdeza/jurak?

volume3d
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:09 PM
who's playing? mrdeza/jurak?

yes 5:3

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:22 PM
we are all big fans of israel right now... 1-0 final set

volume3d
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:46 PM
3:3 ! Come on Israel :)

croat123
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:56 PM
damn, poland breaks after a long game

ma re
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:02 PM
Just to complete the report on our girls - doubles won 7:6, 6:3; great job girls ;)

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:07 PM
not too worried about Poland though, Ula definitely looks shaky and their doubles is far from top level

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:14 PM
Surprised Poland has its hands full by Israel!

networthy
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:38 PM
By the way, this is Croatia's fourth tie won in a row (last year, they lost their first two round-robin ties but then beat LUX in the third RR tie and BIH in the positional playoff).

The team's longest winning run is five ties, back in 1992: http://www.fedcup.com/en/teams/team/profile.aspx?id=CRO ("Team Stats" tab)

Five ties won in a row :cheer:

networthy
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:40 PM
...and here are Croatia's final positions in the E/A Zone Group I, beginning in 2009 (after it was relegated from World Group II):

2009: Tied for 5th (out of 15 countries)
2010: Tied for 11th (out of 16 countries)
2011: Tied for 7th (out of 15 countries)
2012: Tied for 9th (out of 15 countries)
2013: ??? (so far, at worst tied for 7th, out of 16 countries)


2013: ??? (so far, at worst tied for 3rd, out of 16 countries)

Not bad :yeah:

JarkaFish
Feb 8th, 2013, 08:23 PM
Will tomorrow's matches be streamed? :unsure:

18majors
Feb 8th, 2013, 08:57 PM
Go Croatia, beat Radwanska sisters!

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 09:31 PM
two audio interviews from Donna and Iva

http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/articles/feb-2013europeafrica-i-friday.aspx

TimeyWimey
Feb 8th, 2013, 09:54 PM
Croatian tennis
FED CUP, razigravanje !!

CROATIA - POLAND

Konjuh - U. Radwanska
Vekic - A. Radwanska
Jurak/ Mrdeza - Radwanska/ Radwanska

Vasa predvidjanja ? Mozemo li iznenaditi ?

glad Iva is giving everyone the chance to play Poland

networthy
Feb 8th, 2013, 11:53 PM
^ It's unrealistic to expect Ana to beat a top-40 player and Donna to beat the world's #4. Still, this will be an excellent experience for both youngsters.

Croatia's team has already performed admirably this week--and watch out for them next year!

Greco
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:07 AM
glad Iva is giving everyone the chance to play Poland

btw. that shedule of play is't confirmed. It's only my post (prediction) on this page :drool:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 02:49 AM
^never mind, i was wondering when i saw it as well :lol:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 06:44 AM
btw. that shedule of play is't confirmed. It's only my post (prediction) on this page :drool:

You should point that out not to confuse people - we here on the forum thought a few times before it's an official schedule :lol:

Anyway, I'm still under the impression of Ana's match yesterday, cause it was a genuinly unreal effort from a 15 y.o., not because of the quality of opposition but more because of the mental part of it. Really fantastic.

The morning session has just begun and we're not in it, so look out for afternoon folks. Btw, currently groups B and D are playing their last group ties, because of the rain on day 1, but I'm guessing our match will still take place today.


P. S. Did we just win the group without our #1 :eek:

chingching
Feb 9th, 2013, 07:04 AM
If they don't play Ana they will lose :D
If they play Ana, I think they have a shot as I think she'll beat Ula and then her and Jurak can beat the Radwanska sisters :armed:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 10:24 AM
Bulgaria ended their tie with Slovenia, Netherlands is playing their last match with Luxembourg, GBR their last against Hungary (on hopefully our CC) while Portugal vs B&H are still in their second match.

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 11:09 AM
Anyone knows if there's a link to the stream from CC?

:help:

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:16 PM
Well, on CC there will be stupid consolation Israel-Belarus instead Poland-Croatia :help:

volume3d
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:19 PM
no stream? #mess

Caipirinha Guy
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:21 PM
no stream.

tennismaster8820
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:21 PM
Ana Konjuh vs Ursula Radwanska on scoreboard now, go Ana! :bounce:

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:25 PM
No stream :facepalm: :o

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:32 PM
how on earth can they decide which tie goes toCC, shouldn't that be ITF's decision?

ITF is basically doing nothing for those in the zone groups, no coverage, no score in the app :(

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:33 PM
Oh well, we could've imagined that the hosts will give their own a special treatment (like all hosts do, and we are no exception to the rule...) :sad:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:36 PM
Same time last year, also in FC, Donna (who was almost the exact same age as Ana today) faced the same opponent and lost 3 & 3. Let's see if Ana can do better ;)

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:42 PM
40-0 to deuce :lol:

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:42 PM
40-0 to deuce :lol:

:facepalm:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:43 PM
1-0*, need to grab some sandwiches for breakfast

volume3d
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:44 PM
1:0 :)

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:46 PM
:yeah:

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:49 PM
2-1 :inlove:

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 12:56 PM
2-3 :(

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:00 PM
it's ok, keep fighting ana!

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:01 PM
2*-4, too bad no idea of how Ana is feeling right now :(

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:04 PM
2-5*

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:07 PM
BP for Ana

volume3d
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:10 PM
2:6 :(

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:11 PM
2-6

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:12 PM
Keep fighting! :rocker2:

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:12 PM
just regroup in the second ana :hug:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:13 PM
1-0*

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:14 PM
3 BPs for Ana!

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:15 PM
i still can't believe this isn't streamed. if they wanted israel on CC, they should have made them play in the earlier session. this is ridiculous

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:15 PM
well done Ana, 2*-0

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:17 PM
yes! big break, now hold!

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:18 PM
3-0* :)

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:18 PM
:devil:

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:19 PM
keep fighting ana!!!

JustPetko
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:19 PM
Ana 3-0 :yeah:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:21 PM
i still can't believe this isn't streamed. if they wanted israel on CC, they should have made them play in the earlier session. this is ridiculous

Yes, but then the almighty GBR wouldn't get streamed and that's a no-no...

Anyway, wonderful start to the 2nd set by Ana, hats off for the effort!

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:22 PM
3*-1

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:22 PM
big game now...

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:23 PM
one more game then Ana will have nothing to lose :lol:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:25 PM
deuce, saving 2? BPs

tennismaster8820
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:25 PM
It was 0-40 I think. :scared:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:26 PM
4-1* great hold, saving BP and 4 points in a row :yeah:

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:26 PM
It was 0-40 I think. :scared:

so 5 points in a row ;)

JustPetko
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:26 PM
4-1 :drool:

ma re
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:27 PM
What a hold :worship:

JarkaFish
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:27 PM
4-1 :drool:

:worship:

croat123
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:28 PM
what a fighter :D:D

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:29 PM
chance for the double break...

TimeyWimey
Feb 9th, 2013, 01:31 PM
4*-2