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Mateo Mathieu
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:01 AM
Sam faces Thai threat

BANGKOK, July 9 AAP - Rising Australian star Samantha Stosur will carry much of the responsibility when she takes on Thai No.1 Tamarine Tanasugarn tomorrow in the opening singles of their Fed Cup tie.

With the loser dropping out of the World Group for 2005, there is plenty riding on the result.

Pratt, the world No.41, starts play tomorrow against little-known local player Suchanan Viratprasert.

"I think Nicole Pratt has a good chance of coming through in her singles and I'm really glad that she's playing first," said Australian captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

"It will take a bit of pressure off Sam."

Goolagong Cawley said the major threat was posed by Tanasugarn, fresh from advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month.

"She's the dangerous player," said Goolagong Cawley.

"If Sam is serving well and if she thinks she's got nothing to lose she could go out there and go for all her shots.

"Sam has a big serve, big groundstrokes, and this type of surface indoors and these sort of conditions are perfect for her type of game. She's capable of causing an upset."

Goolagong Cawley also paid tribute to Pratt, the key performer in Australia's previous World Group qualifier against Colombia in Wollongong last year.

"Nicole is the type of player that gives 100 per cent when she gets out there, so I have confidence in her knowing that she'll be really trying her heart out," she added.

The doubles match, to be played on Sunday after the reverse singles, sees Australians Christina Wheeler and Lisa McShea take on Napaporn Tongsalee and Monthinee Tangpong.

The loser of the weekend's tie is pitched into Fed Cup regional qualifying rounds in 2005.

Australia has never been out of the World Group since the Fed Cup began in 1963.

Mateo Mathieu
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:03 AM
Pratt to open tie against Viratprasert

Australia’s Fed Cup veteran Nicole Pratt will open the World Group Qualifying Tie in Bangkok when she takes on Thailand’s No.2 player Suchanun Viratprasert in Saturday’s opening rubber.

The first day’s play will begin at 1.10pm following the Tie’s opening ceremony and Pratt, ranked 41 in the world in singles, holds a sizeable ranking advantage over Viratprasert, the world No.174. The two have not met previously at WTA Tour level.

The second match will feature world No.90 Samantha Stosur, who faces a tough match against Thailand’s top player, and world No.51, Tamarine Tanasugarn. This will be Stosur and Tanasugarn’s first meeting.

Tanasugarn will be Australia’s main obstacle in the quest to secure a place in World Group II for 2005. During the Team teleconference on Wednesday Nicole Pratt gave the following assessment: "I think Tamarine’s really tough," she said. "She’s a very, very good competitor and especially playing on home soil in Thailand she’s going to be hard to beat."

In the reverse singles matches, Tanasugarn holds a 4:2 win-loss record over Pratt, however four of their six matches have been three set encounters, indicating the match on Sunday should be a close one. Stosur and Viratprasert haven’t played before at WTA Tour level, but Stosur won the matches played at junior level (two matches in 1998) and the match on the 2001 Australian Challenger, Satellite and Futures Tour.

Selectors have shown their faith in Wimbledon qualifier Christina Wheeler by matching her with Fed Cup debutante Lisa McShea for the doubles. The Australians will take on the Thai combination of Napaporn Tongsalee (ranked 217 in the world for doubles) and Montinee Tangphong (504).

Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley was upbeat about the team’s chances this weekend. "The whole team is very eager to get on and do very well for Australia. On ranking, we’re the team that’s supposed to win…and I think we can. We’ve got a great team and I’m very confident in our players."

ORDER OF PLAY: Saturday 10 July

Rubber 1: Singles

[41 singles ranking] Nicole Pratt (AUS) v [174] Suchanun Viratprasert (THA)

Rubber 2: Singles

[90] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [51] Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)


ORDER OF PLAY: Sunday 11 July

Rubber 3: Singles

[41 singles ranking] Nicole Pratt (AUS) v [51] Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)

Rubber 4: Singles

[90] Samantha Stosur (AUS) v [174] Suchanun Viratprasert (THA)

Rubber 5: Doubles

[39 doubles ranking] Lisa McShea (AUS) / [95] Christina Wheeler (AUS) v

[217] Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) / [504] Montinee Tangphong (THA)

Australia’s qualifying round Fed Cup Tie against Thailand will take place in Bangkok from 10-11 July 2004 on indoor Rebound Ace at SAT Stadium.

Mateo Mathieu
Jul 10th, 2004, 04:08 AM
We can do it - Goolagong Cawley

July 8, 2004

Aussies prepared and confident says captain

By Mark Macgugan

Optus Australian Fed Cup captain Evonne Cawley is confident her team can retain its spot in the World Group for 2005 when it takes on Thailand in a World Group Play-off at Bangkok’s Hua Mark Stadium from Saturday. Speaking from the host city during a press conference earlier today, Cawley said her team was well prepared for the clash.

"The mood is wonderful. We had a good practice session yesterday and the players have settled in really well," she explained. "The whole team is very eager to get on and do very well for Australia. On ranking, we’re the team that’s supposed to win… and I think we can. We’ve got a great team and I’m very confident in our players."

The Australian charge will be headed by 31 year-old veteran Nicole Pratt, who will enter her 16th Fed Cup tie with a 12-9 win-loss ratio (11-8 singles, 1-1 doubles). The Mackay right-hander has enjoyed a plentiful year thus far, boosting her singles ranking from 53 to 41 and claiming her first WTA title at the Indian Open in February.

Cawley expressed faith that Pratt would shoulder the burden of being the team’s top-ranked player without difficulty. "She’s a tough competitor, she’s always out there giving 100 per cent, and I know she’s going to work just as hard for Australia this time around," the team captain said.

Standing in the Australians’ path is Thai No.1 Tamarine Tanasugarn, the World No.51 and her country’s most celebrated Fed Cup representative. The 27 year-old holds national records for most Fed Cup ties played (28), most total wins (25) and most singles wins (21). She has been ranked as high as World No.19.

Pratt, who trails Tanasugarn 2-4 in head-to-head matches between the two despite narrowly winning their last encounter in San Diego, expects tough competition from her Thai rival.

"I think Tamarine’s really tough," she said. "She’s obviously the player in their team that we need to pay the most attention to. I know I’ve had really close matches with her in the past. She’s a very, very good competitor and especially playing on home soil in Thailand she’s going to be hard to beat."

Little is known to the Australians about Thailand’s other three contestants, but Australian coach Mark Woodforde is confident that his players will not take them lightly. "There’s not a whole lot to go on besides Tanasugarn, (but) the other three girls in the team are obviously formidable enough and they’ve won enough matches to elevate the Thai team to this stage, where we’re at as well," he said.

"We all know about what can happen when you’re playing at home with a lot of friends and family and the country watching, (and) Thailand know that they’re playing against an established country like us, Australia, and they’re going to be eager to try and beat us."

The Australia versus Thailand World Group Play-off gets underway in Bangkok on Saturday morning.

Australia v Thailand head-to-head records

This Saturday’s tie will be the first time Australia has met Thailand in Fed Cup competition. Individually, the players also have very limited experience against one another.

Their head-to-head records are as follows:

Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 4 leads Nicole Pratt (AUS) 2

Samantha Stosur (AUS) 1 leads Suchanun Viratprasert (THA) 0

Christina Wheeler (AUS) 1 leads Napaporn Tongsalee (THA) 0

Lisa McShea (AUS) 1 leads Tongsalee 0

Mr_Molik
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:27 AM
go aussie :bounce:

Mr_Molik
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:33 AM
omg not a good start :fiery:

Suchanan d. Nicole 6-2,1-6,6-1

:banghead: :retard: :smash:

broncosven
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:54 AM
Hope Sam can do something ??

Would certainly be an upset if she beat Tammie

azza
Jul 10th, 2004, 09:57 AM
omg Nicole what a pathetic and Embaressing loss :speakles:

Aussie_Kim
Jul 10th, 2004, 10:54 AM
OMG! We are so screwed!
Poor Sam! :sad:

azza
Jul 10th, 2004, 12:40 PM
..0-2...

broncosven
Jul 10th, 2004, 12:41 PM
Fed Cup Results, News . .

HOW ABOUT WE SUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is disgraceful, i could beat the Thai players what the hell were Nicole and Same doing out there

azza
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:20 PM
:banghead:

azza
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:21 PM
It's don't they fault :sad:

o wait it is :rolleyes: :mad:

Mr_Molik
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:23 PM
looks like australia will be knocked out of the world group for the first time EVER :sad:

SpikeyAidanm
Jul 10th, 2004, 01:38 PM
Molik :fiery:

broncosven
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:33 AM
Still possible but Sam and Nicole (especailly Nicole) will have to turn around dismal records and recent matches

nitocris_tiger
Jul 11th, 2004, 06:27 AM
Fed Cup Results, News . .

HOW ABOUT WE SUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is disgraceful, i could beat the Thai players what the hell were Nicole and Same doing out there
Sam only just lost 57 62 86 to Tanasugarn so she obviously put up a good showing against a tough competitor but Pratty's loss is mystifying :(

broncosven
Jul 11th, 2004, 06:36 AM
Sam put up a good showing but lost like 5 BP and blew 2 match points !!

thats not acceptable in any level of the game if the player will be successful . . . perhaps it was just nerves with that being her closest win in Fed Cup

AUSBOY
Jul 11th, 2004, 09:34 AM
Its more Sam's result that annoys me! She should have beaten Tammy and we should be 1-1!

azza
Jul 11th, 2004, 09:46 AM
We lost 0-3 Thx to the "Efforts" of Nicole and Samantha both players should be ashamed of themselves.

azza
Jul 11th, 2004, 09:46 AM
Now they should put Wheeler on and watch her beat Viratprasert :)

broncosven
Jul 11th, 2004, 09:55 AM
Well

C-ya World group . . wonder if our players will 'come out' next year now

Mateo Mathieu
Jul 11th, 2004, 12:38 PM
Guess what? Samantha won 4-6 6-0 6-0! What's up with Nicole? :rolleyes: She almost always let us down all the time! I think it's better idea if we don't need Nicole in next year, don't you agree?

Mateo Mathieu
Jul 11th, 2004, 12:39 PM
Well

C-ya World group . . wonder if our players will 'come out' next year now
Gosh, it could be Lisa McShea, Christina Wheeler, Evie Dominikovic and Sophie Ferguson! :o

TS
Jul 11th, 2004, 12:43 PM
Guess what? Samantha won 4-6 6-0 6-0! What's up with Nicole? :rolleyes: She almost always let us down all the time! I think it's better idea if we don't need Nicole in next year, don't you agree?

No.

Some people have short memories. She got us through against Columbia. She's done a hell of a lot for us in Fed Cup over the years. Always makes herself available for starters, and only misses out due to injury. Sure, she's suffered some bad losses (Viratprasert being the WORST) but let's not crucify her.

louloubelle
Jul 11th, 2004, 01:22 PM
Exactly and who's going to replace Nicole (particularly if we don't have our strongest team again next year).

Um Evie and Christina arent good enough and Casey, Sophie are no way near ready!!

azza
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:15 PM
Nicole is still one of out best players but who will replace her IF we make it in 2007 she will be 34 and most probebbly retired :sad: Alicia will be 27 All our players would be Kind of old :o

ozfan44
Jul 11th, 2004, 03:38 PM
hopefully by then casey and sophie will have come through to be top 100

not a good weekend for pratty the loss to viratprasert was pathetic to be kind, casey would have wiped her off the court

broncosven
Jul 11th, 2004, 11:14 PM
Wheeler/Mcshea won 4-6 6-3 7-5

We ending up losing 2-3 so it wasnt all bad. I agree that perhaps its a good reality check for us losing the tie. Dont get me wrong im so upset and shocked that we lost but shows the 'underdpg' mentality that aussies have adapted

azza
Jul 11th, 2004, 11:26 PM
Christinas undefeated :banana:

1-0 :p

nitocris_tiger
Jul 12th, 2004, 04:03 AM
Alicia, Stubbsy, Pratty losing to 174 rank player, Sam losing 2 match points... absolutely NOTHING went right for this tie. It is so disappointing.:mad:

Mr_Molik
Jul 12th, 2004, 04:09 AM
aussie :o
in a few yrs we will be much stronger with alicia and sam at the top of their games (hopefully)

ozfan44
Jul 12th, 2004, 08:53 AM
i hope so!

Aussie_Kim
Jul 12th, 2004, 10:20 AM
I'm sad the aussie lost. Won't it be hard for us to get back into the world group???

Vicky88
Jul 12th, 2004, 01:43 PM
I don't think you can totally blame Pratty or any of the others for losing their matches. I think the fault lies with the selectors. I mean what the hell were they thinking about leaving out our #1 doubles player Renee Stubbs???

nitocris_tiger
Jul 13th, 2004, 05:11 AM
Stubbsy wouldn't have made a difference... but Alicia would have :(

I had a look at Zonal qualifying and it's like 5 ties in 6 days (best of 3 rubbers each):eek: so it's gunna be tough on the players but quality should hopefully see us through.

Mr_Molik
Jul 13th, 2004, 07:44 AM
I had a look at Zonal qualifying and it's like 5 ties in 6 days (best of 3 rubbers each):eek: so it's gunna be tough on the players but quality should hopefully see us through.

:eek: :scared:
i spose we'll be playing against teams like new zealand and papua new guinea though :o

broncosven
Jul 13th, 2004, 07:45 AM
We play people like New Zealand, Singapore, Chinese Taipie etc . .

Still be interesting to see which girls make themselves available for selection

AUSBOY
Jul 13th, 2004, 03:20 PM
Nicole Pratt was carrying an injury into this tie.

We lost the tie when Stosur failed to win one of her match points against Tammy! She had so many chances in the 3rd set, something like 5 break points wasted.

azza
Jul 13th, 2004, 03:52 PM
Sam :sad: :(

TS
Jul 13th, 2004, 03:56 PM
Nicole Pratt was carrying an injury into this tie.

We lost the tie when Stosur failed to win one of her match points against Tammy! She had so many chances in the 3rd set, something like 5 break points wasted.

If Nicole Pratt murdered the whole Thai team would you blame Stosur as well? :confused:

broncosven
Jul 14th, 2004, 10:23 AM
If Nicole was injured she shouldnt have played . . . . . the captian should of put Christina in . . . She was coming off a high qualifying for Wimbly

Doesnt matter what we say now nehow ?? Hope the men dont get the same treatment against a toughy Morocan outift

Aussie_Kim
Jul 15th, 2004, 02:44 AM
If Nicole was injured she shouldnt have played . . . . . the captian should of put Christina in . . . She was coming off a high qualifying for Wimbly

Doesnt matter what we say now nehow ?? Hope the men dont get the same treatment against a toughy Morocan outiftNo way will the Aussies lose!
They will have the Fanatics to cheer them on!!! :D
Plus we have LLeyton Hewitt & I'm not sure about Mark, but do we want him anyway! :lol:
When I'm at a tie they never lose! :p

nitocris_tiger
Jul 15th, 2004, 04:34 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by stubbsy71
They won't let Stubbsy's play and Molik wont play because of that. Something to do with Mark Woodforde.


I know this topic's been done to death but while we are blaming Pratty and/or Sam we all know that we would have done a lot better if Alicia was playing.

If this story is true it makes the pieces of the puzzle fit together more clearly.

broncosven
Jul 15th, 2004, 05:55 AM
Well its like a table a table has 4 legs take 1 away and it falls . . replace it and it sometimes works but not always

As for the men the Morocan shouldnt be taken lightly Younes and Hicham are great players and have both been ranked in top 20 before

Mr_Molik
Jul 15th, 2004, 07:48 AM
everyone is to blame- nicole for losing to a much lower ranked player, sam for wasting match poitns, alicia for not playing, selectors for not picking rennae
we need to get over it

as for the men, morroco is an extremely tough match, especially with mark's current form. hopefully lleyton can win his matches then todd and wayne get us over the line in the doubles

Postcard
Jul 15th, 2004, 12:05 PM
especially with mark's current form
Mark Woodforde ??? :tape:

broncosven
Jul 15th, 2004, 12:10 PM
Philipoussis . . talking about the upcoming Mens Davis Cup and how shocking Flips recent run is !!

Mr_Molik
Jul 16th, 2004, 03:01 AM
Mark Woodforde ??? :tape:
philippoussis is the obvious mark atm :rolleyes: woodforde has been retired since 2000 :tape:

Experimentee
Jul 16th, 2004, 06:36 AM
Australia would have won had Alicia played. I'm not sure they would have won even if Stosur had taken her chances, as that would only be 1 rubber. It wasnt Nicole's fault if she was injured and Viratprasert played out of her mind with nothing to lose.
If i had to blame anyone it would be Alicia for not playing, she wasnt even playing anything this week or last week, and went out early at Wimbledon, so i dont buy the scheduling excuse. I really thought she loved to play for Australia.

As for the men i'm sure they'll win. Younes has been injured all year and even if he does return for that tie he wont be in any shape to win a match. Morrocco are stuffed without him, as they only have two good players.

azza
Jul 16th, 2004, 10:46 AM
If Nicole was injured

A Why did she choose to play :shrug:

B Why didnt the selectors tell her not to play

:(

broncosven
Jul 16th, 2004, 10:46 AM
Morrocco are stuffed without him, as they only have two good players.

We thought Thailand only had 1 player too and we know what happened there :lol: :tape: :rolleyes: :sad:

gotta be coming up soon aswell