WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Serena and Venus Williams will skip the U.S. Fed Cup team's quarterfinal against Austria next month, with Martina Navratilova, Chanda Rubin, Lisa Raymond and Jill Craybas on the team announced Wednesday.
"According to the ranking the Americans are still the favorites, but without Venus Williams they are certainly not as strong. If my girls reach top form anything is possible," Austrian captain Alfred Tesar told The Associated Press in Vienna.
Venus Williams lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, while Serena reached the semifinals by beating Jennifer Capriati 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday.
Rubin was knocked out in the first round at the All England Club, while Navratilova played singles there for the first time in a decade and reached the second round.
Navratilova and Raymond are playing doubles together at Wimbledon.
Craybas, 30, never has played Fed Cup.
Austria's squad for the July 10-11 matches in Innsbruck is Barbara Schett, Barbara Schwartz, Patricia Wartusch and Sybille Bammer.
Jun 30th, 2004, 02:52 PM
The Spanish team: Marta, Anabel, Vivi and Maria.
No Magüi, no Conchita. :sad:
Jun 30th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Spain: María Sánchez Lorenzo, Anabel Medina, Marta Marrero and Virginia Ruano.
Soon all the teams will be known, if noone has posted them when I know them, I'll post them here
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:06 PM
Thanks MS! :) I have got all teams.
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:09 PM
Slovenia: Tina Pisnik, Katarina Srebotnik, Tina Krizan and Andreja Klepac
Indonesia: Angelique Widjaja, Wynne Prakusya, Sandy Gumulya and Liza Andriyani
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:15 PM
Belgium team: Els Callens, Kirsten Flipkens, Caroline Maes and Evelyne van Hyfte.
Will play vs Spain, in Spain
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:19 PM
Italy: Silvia Farina Elia, Tathiana Garbin, Francesca Schiavona and Roberta Vinci.
France: Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Tatiana Golovin and Emilie Loit
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:23 PM
Argentina: Gisela Dulko, Mariana Diaz-Oliva, Natalia Gussoni and Patricia Tarabini
Russia: Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Likhovtseva
Jun 30th, 2004, 03:56 PM
Bulgaria v Japan
Venue: TC ‘Locomotiv’, Plovdiv, BUL
Surface: Clay - outdoors
Captain: Dora Rangelova
Captain: Takeshi Koura
Jun 30th, 2004, 04:24 PM
Brazil: Maria F. Alves, Carla Tiene, Bruna Colosio and Leticia Sobral
Croatia: Jelena Kostanic, Ivana Abramovic, Darija Jurak and Ivana Lisjak
Jun 30th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Canada: Marie-Eve Pelletier, Melaine Marois, Stephanie Dubois and Aleksandra Wozniaki
Switzerland: Myriam Casanova, Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Lautenschlager, ?
Jun 30th, 2004, 05:31 PM
World Group Play-off Nominations
The nominations for the eight World Group Play-off ties to be played 10-11 July are as follows:
Thailand v Australia
Venue: Indoor Stadium Hua Mark, Bangkok, THA
Surface: Hard - indoors