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Apr 17th, 2004, 10:14 PM
Americas Zone Group I 2004

Venue: Capitania Porto Seguro Hotel, Porto Seguro, Brazil
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoors)
Dates: Week Commencing April 19th, 2004

Nations: 9
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay Format: Nine (9) teams are scheduled to compete in Group I and will be drawn into two Round Robin pools, Pool A with four (4) teams and Pool B with five (5) teams. Seed no.1 will be placed in Pool A. Round Robin Ties for Pool B will be played on Monday-Friday and for Pool A will be played on Tuesday- Friday.
The following Ties will be played on Saturday:
The teams that finish first in each Pool will play off against the teams that finish second in the opposite Pool. This will determine which two teams will be promoted to the 2004 World Group Play Offs in July.
The team that finishes in 3rd position in Pool A will play off against the team that finishes in 5th position in Pool B. The team that finishes in 4th position in Pool A will play off against the team that finishes in 4th position in Pool B. The losers of these play off Ties will be demoted to Group II in 2005.
The team that finishes 3rd in Pool B will not be required to play on Saturday.
Please note that the ITF may amend the format if any of the nominated teams withdraw.

Apr 18th, 2004, 03:28 AM
Here is an article written by steff dubois
Fed Cup Diary - By Stephanie Dubois

Stephanie Dubois
April 13, 2004

Here we are in Jackson, Mississippi, for our prep tournament leading into the Fed Cup matches in Brazil.. (Bankplus/USTA Women's Challenger). This clay event will give us all the opportunity get in some valuable time on this surface prior to the big matches at the end of the month.

After winning my first match in qualifications, I was unable to defeat the #2 seed for the tournament. The good news is I have qualified for the Main Draw of the doubles competition with my Russian partner, Alysa Kleybanova. After two wins in the qualifications, we will play our first Main Draw match today. I am very excited!

My Fed Cup Team colleagues, Mélanie Marois and Marie-Ève Pelletier are both qualified for the Main Draw in both singles and doubles. I’ll have the chance to cheer them on between my doubles matches. Go Girls!

There you have it…my first Fed Cup update. I hope you’ll follow our progress. I’ll keep you all well informed on our results!

Talk to you soon!


Apr 18th, 2004, 09:20 PM
The way Steph is playing doubles in Jackson makes me think that she should play doubles with Melanie at the Fed Cup!

Marie-Eve and Melanie did not played very well together at Jackson's tournament and maybe that would take some pressure off the shoulders of M-E.

Randy H
Apr 19th, 2004, 11:07 AM
Here is the draw, posted also in the Fed Cup forum courtesy of Alek :)

Group B

Group A
(2)Puerto Rico
El Salvador

Not a bad draw for Canada, we will almost surely be in the top 2 in our group, which would put us into the playoff match with the opposite 2 teams of group A (most likely Puerto Rico and Mexico).

I would expect the toughest opponents to be Brazil and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico (if Brandi and Castellvi both play) seem the heavy favourites and I would be quite surprised if they lost to any team in the competition. Assuming this, they should finish top of Group A, meaning they play second place of Group B. Hopefully Canada can avoid finishing second and beat the home team Brazil. I still think Brazil is beatable, but they will have the crown support, and I am a bit concerned about singles player 2 as Steph has been struggling a bit and Melanie is only just coming back. Hopefully things will go well though! If we can finish first, then it's likely to be Mexico we play against - I think that match is also winnable, but of course we cannot afford to take any teams lightly.

Go Canada!

(Today we begin against Cuba)

Apr 20th, 2004, 01:57 AM
Great Start Against Cuba today......3-0 lead:eek:

Well done

Jan 9th, 2013, 01:09 AM
Fed Cup Nominations are in for Americas Zone 1 in Ecuador (Feb 6-9)

Canada: Aleksandra Wozniak, Eugenie Bouchard, Sharon Fichman, Sylvain Bruneau (captain)

I believe they (hopefully) can still nominate/change players. I can't believe they'd go to Ecuador with only three players, especially with Aleks injured. Where are Dubois or Marino? MEP might be retiring, but she'd probably play Fed Cup. El Tabakh might be injured, I guess. If they need to fill the final spot, it's not like we're lacking in talented juniors you could give the experience to, i.e. Zhao, Routliffe. I can't really see the logic, unless they're waiting on nominating the fourth player.

Jan 12th, 2013, 06:38 PM
Dabrowski added to fourth spot

Jan 28th, 2013, 07:15 PM
hi all, sorry for the question..someone say whe Nadal come to play in a master series?!

Feb 3rd, 2013, 08:09 PM
Canada's group:

Play starts on Wednesday!

Feb 9th, 2013, 02:53 PM
Great job by the Canadians to get out of the tougher group. Fichman currently leads 6-0, after a hard fought sixth game, in the first match against Brazil in the final. I'd much rather see Canada in World Group II. They are definitely good enough to be there when Wozniak is healthy.

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 04:54 PM
Oof, Fichman drops the first point of the Zonal final with a 0-6 6-0 6-4 loss. Genie up next to try and force a deciding doubles.

Feb 9th, 2013, 06:54 PM
I thought Gonzalves played very well in her singles match against Fichman. Fichman did a great job to come back and level it at 4 all in the third.

Two-two so far in the first set of the doubles.

Feb 9th, 2013, 07:19 PM
5-5 now. Strange match with lobs on half the points. No one seems able to hit an overhead. Dabrowski is the only one on the court with any doubles skills; great reflex volleys.

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 07:53 PM
Canada 7-6 2-1 up now in the deciding doubles. Dabrowski doing some nice poaching. Canadians seem to have found their rhythm after trailing 2-5 in the first.

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:01 PM
Do you guys have a stream? Hopefully Canada can pull this out, it's too bad Fichman lost.

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:04 PM
Do you guys have a stream? Hopefully Canada can pull this out, it's too bad Fichman lost.

ask and ye shall receive: http://www.livestream.com/telemedellintv?cachebuster=56546967

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:04 PM
Do you guys have a stream? Hopefully Canada can pull this out, it's too bad Fichman lost.


Feb 9th, 2013, 08:05 PM
Thanks :)

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:05 PM
7-6, 4-2 Canada leading deciding doubles.

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:07 PM
noo, they gave the break back :(

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:08 PM
Poor play from the Canadians the last 2 games, Brazil back on serve in the second. Canada leading 7-6, 4-3.

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:12 PM
Canada to serve for the victory with the break 7-6, 5-3 now.

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:12 PM
and they break back! very back and forth haha

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:13 PM
and they break back! very back and forth haha

Not a real contest of sublime doubles skillz here :lol:

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:14 PM
Fichman is just a terrible volleyer. :scared:

And Brazil breaks back to stay in it. :speakles:

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:23 PM
That game was an exercise in horror. Canada blowing match points and after many deuces and it is now 7-6 5-5.

The tennis :help:

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:24 PM
MP wasted. Geez, just close it out, it doesn't have to be pretty

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:25 PM
Triple break point for Brazil. C'mon Canada...

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:28 PM
Fichman throws in a few DF's in that game but Canada rallies from 0-40 to hold for a 7-6 6-5 lead.

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:29 PM
Finish this train wreck girls! :fiery:

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:33 PM
Dabrowski's LOB return lands long on the Canadians 3rd match point :lol:

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:34 PM
Canada wins! World group 2 playoffs here we come!!!

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:34 PM
AND THE WIN > THANK GOD! :lol: :clap2:

Belmont Lad
Feb 9th, 2013, 08:35 PM
And a "FUCK YEAH!" from Genie. :lol:

Feb 9th, 2013, 08:43 PM
Great doubles match
Next level please :worship:

Feb 9th, 2013, 10:23 PM
A win is a win.

It's pretty exciting to imagine Bouchard and Wozniak on the same team, both at their best. Pelletier is sorely missed in doubles. Honestly, if I was coach, I consider having Eugénie play the doubles match on top of the singles. Those fresh young legs recuperate quickly.

On a related note, the flag she had painted on face today was bigger than the flag she had painted on her face yesterday. I think yesterday's was cuter.

Feb 10th, 2013, 12:52 AM
Awesome Picture. Be proud, Be very proud


Feb 10th, 2013, 07:08 PM
Canada next plays Poland (Radwanska), Great Britain (Gangnam style), Kazakhstan (Shvedova), Belgium (Wickmayer), Ukraine (Wimbledon junior final rematch against Svitolina?), France (Cornet) or Argentina. Using today’s rankings, the seeded teams would be Belgium, Ukraine, France and Argentina, though maybe they would release new rankings before making the draw, in which case Argentina would almost certainly drop below Great Britain. Argentina did a great job to almost beat Sweden, but Argentina has no one in the top 150. At any rate, the tie would be at home (Winnipeg? Toronto?) against Belgium, away against Argentina or drawn by lot otherwise.

Feb 13th, 2013, 06:05 PM

Canada vs. Ukraine in Ukraine. That's a fairly decent draw.

Tebbutt's blog on the tie : here (http://www.tenniscanada.com/index.php?title=TEBBUTT:-FED-CUP:-THE-WOMEN%E2%80%99S-TURN&pid=4383)

Feb 13th, 2013, 11:13 PM

Apr 5th, 2013, 06:34 PM
So, announcements of who's on the team should take place next week. Who are you guys thinking for the team, especially with Wozniak out?

I think there's a good chance it'll be the same team of Bouchard, Fichman, Dubois and Dabrowski. There's not really much else for options. Marino and Pelletier are retired :'(, and we have to assume that El Tabakh is injured. Routliffe and Zhao are 17, which is the first year Genie played Fed Cup, but they're both head to college and had a relatively unproductive trip to the 10ks in Turkey (and are ranked well below what Genie was ranked). Abanda's still a bit young and hasn't played much lately. Fichman and Bouchard are pretty good on clay, at least. If one of them gets injured, we might have a problem. Our next best players are Abanda (611), Fournier (627), Routliffe (651) and Molnar (679).

The Ukraine team will probably be headed by Tsurenko and Svitolina.

Apr 5th, 2013, 07:34 PM
It's Genie's team, just look at the photos from that zone tie. I'm amazed by how comfortable she is being the front person at her age.

We'll advance or go back to Americas based on how she does. If Genie wins both her matches. The other three gals will just have to scrape one win between the three of them. If Genie doesn't win both we'd be in serious trouble.

Sharon will play the first day and will play doubles with Gabby. Toss up on who plays the second singles match on day 2, probably Steph.

Amusing how for years the men had nobody and they'd be recruiting people nobody had ever heard of and now they have Milos + 3 other guys who could potentially play like top 100 players + Nestor. I hope Aleks can get healthy and play a few more years and Frankie can be a player by the time Aleks can't go anymore.

Apr 10th, 2013, 02:43 PM
Fed Cup team announced : Bouchard, Dubois, Fichman, dabrowski

Apr 10th, 2013, 04:27 PM
It's a pity Wozniak can't play. This will be a good test for Bouchard.

Apr 10th, 2013, 10:00 PM
Team Ukraine:

Kateryna KOZLOVA

Tsurenko and Svitolina are both just ahead of Genie in the rankings. Surely the type of player she'll have to beat regularly if she's going to keep moving up in the rankings this year. So yes a good test.

Apr 13th, 2013, 11:34 PM
Eugenie already in Ukraine !!!

Apr 14th, 2013, 02:21 PM
Good Luck Team Canada
Genie playing vs Svitolina will be interesting.

Apr 19th, 2013, 04:56 PM
From www.Sport-xl.net which appears to be in Russian.

The teams walking out for the draw

The two teams at the Draw Ceremony

First Match on Saturday Genie v Svitolina

followed by

Sharon v Tsurenko

Then on Sunday

Genie v Tsurenko

Sharon v Svitolina

Beygelzimer / Kozlov v Sharon / Gabriela

Signing the Posters

Apr 19th, 2013, 09:07 PM
The tie will be streamed live on www.sportsnet.ca

Apr 20th, 2013, 01:41 PM
This Fichman-Tsurenko match is mind-numbing.

Apr 20th, 2013, 02:12 PM
Sharon hit 6 winners the entire 1st set + TB and yet took it.

Apr 20th, 2013, 03:59 PM
One all after day one. I have no idea how to call this one. It will take more than just good defense to beat Svitolina tomorrow, so Fichman is in trouble. I thought Bouchard could have done better, even with the ankle injury. Tsurenko played the worst of all four players. Maybe she's nervous.

Apr 20th, 2013, 08:17 PM
I don't think any of the four players played well.

Svitolina made a lot of errors as well before the injury.
Bouchard made a lot of errors. That first set should have been 6-2 or 6-4.

Tsurenko sure didn't look like a player that got to WTA Premier semi-final.
Fichman won the third set because she finally stopped making errors. Probably by playing safe and waiting for Tsurenko to self-destruct.

I know Steph sucks on clay, but she could have beaten Tsurenko today. So can't call this mess.

Apr 21st, 2013, 01:05 PM
Looking at the video feed. Dubois will play the doubles with Dabrowski.

Apr 21st, 2013, 01:31 PM
Bouchard-Fichman against Svitolina-Tsurenko. I'm surprised Dabrowski didn't get picked. I'm even more surprised Tsurenko did get picked.

Apr 21st, 2013, 01:35 PM
Weird decision by both captains.

But I suppose no one ever got fired for putting their top-ranked players out there.

No case of "YOU !@#$ you had GRETZKY and you didn't let him shoot in the shootout?"

Apr 21st, 2013, 02:21 PM
One set to zero for Canada. Fichman came out on fire and gave Canada the two break lead. Tsurenko and Bouchard are really struggling.

Apr 21st, 2013, 03:02 PM
Isn't World Group 2 the worst name for a group? It's nice to see Canada back in it though.

Belmont Lad
Apr 21st, 2013, 03:23 PM
Well done Genie and Sharon :cheer:

Apr 21st, 2013, 03:59 PM
Well done Genie and Sharon :cheer:
Good result for the team.!!!!!

Apr 21st, 2013, 05:12 PM
Congratulations Team Canada :worship:


Apr 22nd, 2013, 03:12 PM
Links to the Fed Cup site's official news coverage of this past tie. Includes audio interviews with the captains and players.




Jul 9th, 2013, 02:34 PM
Canada will play Serbia, Japan, Sweden or Switzerland. Serbia is easily the most difficult even though Canada would have home court advantage. Kimiko Date was on the team that beat Canada in Japan in 1995 and is still one of Japan's top two singles players, eighteen years later. Sweden and Switerland are both solid teams, each with two players in the top 100.

Jul 10th, 2013, 05:31 PM
WG2 2014 Serbia vs Canada in Canada. Doubtful that ivanovic and/or jankovic will play

Jul 10th, 2013, 06:29 PM
One of JJ/AI plus Bojana would be a tough team even if Aleks is back and in form.

JJ or AI wont feel obligated to play at this point of their careers, especially if we choose a venue that's geographically inconvenient to their training/schedules.

JJ and/or AI in Edmonton or Winterpeg in February? :lol:

Jul 10th, 2013, 07:34 PM
One of JJ/AI plus Bojana would be a tough team even if Aleks is back and in form.

JJ or AI wont feel obligated to play at this point of their careers, especially if we choose a venue that's geographically inconvenient to their training/schedules.

JJ and/or AI in Edmonton or Winterpeg in February? :lol:

I think the location will depend if the men have a home tie or not. If it is a home tie, they would like to have both at the same location

Jul 10th, 2013, 07:59 PM
Jankovic and Ivanovic were both pretty dedicated to Fed Cup in 2012; maybe they didn't want to put in the effort two years in a row. They got all the way to the World Group final in 2012. Why wouldn't they make a run in 2014? I expect one of them to play against Canada. Jovanovski is pretty good too.

Jul 11th, 2013, 01:17 AM
Well they wouldn't be competing for the trophy next year. Will depend what they plan in terms of their own schedule and if its important for them personally to try to win it in 2015.

I'd imagine one of them would play, if they don't win it in 2015, the window for Serbia to win it might close for quite a few years.

Jul 11th, 2013, 02:05 AM
Ahh good point. This is World Group II, not World Group I. I wasn't thinking straight. All these different groups!