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tobi
Apr 2nd, 2005, 07:15 PM
Delray Beach Tennis Center, FL, USA
Stadium Capacity: 4000
23 April - 24 April 2005
Day 1: 1300hrs (GMT 1700hrs)
Day 2: 1300hrs (GMT 1700hrs)
Surface: Hard (Plexipave) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Regular Duty High Visibility Felt

USA-Offical

Lindsay Davenport :hearts:
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Corina Morariu
Captain:Zina Garrison

Belgium-Offical

Els Callens
Kirsten Flipkens
Evelyne Van Hyfte
Leslie Butkiewicz
Captain:Caroline Maes

I think Kim or Justine,least one of them will play,can you imagine S.Williams vs. Caroline Maes :tape:

Bart
Apr 3rd, 2005, 07:43 PM
Kirsten Flipkens will play and the new captain is Carl Maes;)

Bart
Apr 4th, 2005, 02:31 PM
So this is the Belgian team:

Kirsten Flipkens
Els Callens
Leslie Butkiewicz
Eveline Vanhyfte
Captain: Carl Maes

Brαm
Apr 4th, 2005, 05:02 PM
They're going to destroy us :scared: :hysteric:

Seriously, how many bagels will be served?? :o

Bart
Apr 4th, 2005, 07:52 PM
They're going to destroy us :scared: :hysteric:

Seriously, how many bagels will be served?? :o

let's say 5, 1 in each match :lol: :tape:

Highlandman
Apr 5th, 2005, 06:08 PM
Good luck to the USA. I hope Venus will play :)

croat123
Apr 5th, 2005, 09:15 PM
:haha: i was actually thinking about driving up to watch this live :o

if justine and kim played it would be amazing, but this line up sucks lol

Buitenzorg
Apr 8th, 2005, 04:07 AM
No Kim and Justine :eek: for Belgium :eek:

No chance for Belgium to win or even get 1 tie win :(

USA def Belgium 5-0 (My prediction)

tobi
Apr 8th, 2005, 08:34 PM
Americans look forward to Belgium and beyond

Russia, you have been warned.

The United States, wounded and smarting after five years out of the limelight, are gunning for their first Fed Cup title since 2000.

"We really want to win this year to get the Fed Cup back to the US, where I think it belongs," said Serena Williams.

Serena will be part of one of the strongest US teams in recent memory, with world number one Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams and doubles specialist Corina Morariu joining forces for Zina Garrison's side in their first-round match against Belgium at Delray Beach on April 23-24. With Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne likely to be absent as they continue their recovery from injury, the US are huge favourites for the tie, but the Garrison four have more lofty aims on their minds.

"It's one of the best teams we've fielded in years," said Davenport, who will be making her first appearance in the event since 2002.

"I'm really excited about that. Serena, Venus and I have committed to it through the year, and I think if we play well, we're going to be very tough to beat.

"It's a huge honour and after a few years out I'm excited to get back into the mix. It'll be a lot of fun."

Fun it may be but the fact that Davenport and the Williams sisters will be teaming up for the first time since 1999, when they beat Russia in the final, shows just how seriously they are taking it. Since their last triumph in 2000, the emergence of Belgium and more recently Russia, as forces in women’s tennis has strengthened the depth of the event.

Russia, led by French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, won their first Fed Cup in 2004 and with world number five Elena Dementieva and six other top-20 ranked players from whom to choose, they should meet the US in the semifinals.

"It's going to be tough, but I think we're really strong this year and we have a great team," Serena said.

For Morariu, the only true doubles specialist on the team, Fed Cup holds extra significance. In 2001, just three months after winning her second grand slam doubles title, Morariu was struck down by acute promyelocytic leukaemia.

After intense chaemotherapy treatment, she returned to the tour in 2002 but then suffered a serious shoulder injury which saw her struggle for fitness. Amid emotional scenes, the 27-year-old joined up with Davenport to reach the final at the Australian Open this year, and was rewarded with a place on the team to face Belgium.

"I've always enjoyed playing doubles and for me the Fed Cup is really special," she said.

"I was on the team in 1998 and after all I went through, and with the injury, to be back on the team is really a special feeling for me.

"I think it's always been important (to the US). It's just been a matter of getting everyone healthy and getting the schedules right.

"It's been a while since we last won it but we have some of the best players in the world and hopefully this will be our year."

Coincidentally, all four of the American team met up at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Florida this week, and Morariu admitted the subject of Fed Cup was hanging in the air.

"It hasn't come up yet, but that's not to say it won't," she said.

"We all love playing Fed Cup because the whole week is great, the camaraderie is a lot of fun, so we're all looking forward to it."

Tati & Dani
Apr 10th, 2005, 11:37 PM
5-0 and 5 times in 2 sets

LucasArg
Apr 13th, 2005, 02:05 AM
USA is gonna destroy Belgium 5-0

gopher
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:34 PM
this line-up proves that Fedcup is not at Daviscuplevel and will never be. Also understand Kim here that she does not play as Justine never plays anymore for Belgium.

nitocris_tiger
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:31 AM
Justine & Kim are really disappointing when it comes to playing Fed Cup. They had the chance to play the finals in 2003 but both declined.. Justine siting that the year is too long and Kim protesting over the fact it was being played in Russia! They lose my respect because of this.

Good on Serena & Venus for playing. Is Zina Garrison a new captain for this year? I think that has made a difference on who is playing as I'm not sure BJK had the support of all the US players (see Jen!)

nitocris_tiger
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:33 AM
this line-up proves that Fedcup is not at Daviscuplevel and will never be. Also understand Kim here that she does not play as Justine never plays anymore for Belgium.

Never be? Never is a long time and just because one team has 2 lazy players doesn't mean the entire competition isn't strong.

nave 2
Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:27 PM
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL)

darrinbaker00
Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:45 PM
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL)
Serena's being benched? Interesting.....

tobi
Apr 22nd, 2005, 07:01 PM
Davenport Leads Off For USA

The draw has been made for the World Group I tie between USA and Belgium in Delray Beach, FL, USA :

Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL)

This caliber of players does not come together without a reason. Hoping to end a five-year drought in Fed Cup, the United States has assembled a powerful squad to face Belgium in this weekend’s World Group quarterfinal in Delray Beach, Florida.

“We’re third on the list right now,” US captain Zina Garrison said in reference to the current Fed Cup nations ranking. “There’s so many other great teams, but, I think, [the players] have gotten together and they’ve discussed what they wanted to do, and I think that I just happen to be at the right place at the right time.”

Lindsay Davenport is the top-ranked player in the world. Serena Williams won the seventh Grand Slam of her career at this year’s Australian Open. And Venus Williams has not dropped a Fed Cup rubber since 1999. This is the first time the trio has worn the red, white and blue at the same time since the US beat Russia in the 1999 final.

“You always want to be part of such a great team,” Davenport said. “We really feel like we can stick together this whole year and play all the weeks. We feel like we should win it.”

Davenport returns to Fed Cup for the first time since 2002 this weekend. She brings with her a 21-match winning streak in this event, dating back to the 1994 final against Spain.

“It’s been a while,” Davenport explained. “I was a huge supporter of Fed Cup for 10 years. I’m happy to be back, and happy to be back with such a strong team.”

While Garrison has the “problem” of choosing between three players who have all been #1 in the world, Belgian captain Carl Maes is without his best weapons. Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, still recovering from injuries that kept them off the court for most of last year, are not in southeast Florida this weekend. That leaves doubles specialist Els Callens and three inexperienced players to fight the American juggernaut.

“I think we’re playing probably against the best team ever that stepped on a court for a Fed Cup tie, so we need to be realistic” said Belgian captain Carl Maes. “We look more towards this week as a preparation almost for the next ties.”

Callens’ résumé boasts almost three dozen Fed Cup rubbers, playing at least one tie now in 10 of the last 11 years. Nineteen-year-old Kirsten Flipkens played a live, deciding doubles rubber last year, but is not match-ready yet because of a recurring back injury, according to Maes. Evelyne Van Hyfte, who begins this best-of-five against Davenport, and Leslie Butkiewicz have never played a Fed Cup rubber.

The match-up is so lopsided that the president of the Belgian tennis federation all but ceded victory to the Americans at Friday’s draw and said they should win the entire event this year.

Now, there are some chinks in the US armor. Serena Williams is not likely to play this weekend because of an injured left ankle. Davenport withdrew in her last match because of a hip inury, and Venus was feeling under the weather at Friday’s draw. Davenport shrugs off the hip issue; Venus says she will be fine come Saturday; and Serena could play if necessary.

The United States is 3-0 in Fed Cup play against Belgium. Their last meeting was a 4-1 American decision at the 2003 semifinals in Moscow.

nitsansh
Apr 22nd, 2005, 07:10 PM
Davenport Leads Off For USA
The draw has been made for the World Group I tie between USA and Belgium in Delray Beach, FL, USA :

Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL)

This caliber of players does not come together without a reason. Hoping to end a five-year drought in Fed Cup, the United States has assembled a powerful squad to face Belgium in this weekend’s World Group quarterfinal in Delray Beach, Florida.

“We’re third on the list right now,” US captain Zina Garrison said in reference to the current Fed Cup nations ranking. “There’s so many other great teams, but, I think, [the players] have gotten together and they’ve discussed what they wanted to do, and I think that I just happen to be at the right place at the right time.”

Lindsay Davenport is the top-ranked player in the world. Serena Williams won the seventh Grand Slam of her career at this year’s Australian Open. And Venus Williams has not dropped a Fed Cup rubber since 1999. This is the first time the trio has worn the red, white and blue at the same time since the US beat Russia in the 1999 final.

“You always want to be part of such a great team,” Davenport said. “We really feel like we can stick together this whole year and play all the weeks. We feel like we should win it.”

Davenport returns to Fed Cup for the first time since 2002 this weekend. She brings with her a 21-match winning streak in this event, dating back to the 1994 final against Spain.

“It’s been a while,” Davenport explained. “I was a huge supporter of Fed Cup for 10 years. I’m happy to be back, and happy to be back with such a strong team.”

While Garrison has the “problem” of choosing between three players who have all been #1 in the world, Belgian captain Carl Maes is without his best weapons. Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, still recovering from injuries that kept them off the court for most of last year, are not in southeast Florida this weekend. That leaves doubles specialist Els Callens and three inexperienced players to fight the American juggernaut.

“I think we’re playing probably against the best team ever that stepped on a court for a Fed Cup tie, so we need to be realistic” said Belgian captain Carl Maes. “We look more towards this week as a preparation almost for the next ties.”

Callens’ résumé boasts almost three dozen Fed Cup rubbers, playing at least one tie now in 10 of the last 11 years. Nineteen-year-old Kirsten Flipkens played a live, deciding doubles rubber last year, but is not match-ready yet because of a recurring back injury, according to Maes. Evelyne Van Hyfte, who begins this best-of-five against Davenport, and Leslie Butkiewicz have never played a Fed Cup rubber.

The match-up is so lopsided that the president of the Belgian tennis federation all but ceded victory to the Americans at Friday’s draw and said they should win the entire event this year.

Now, there are some chinks in the US armor. Serena Williams is not likely to play this weekend because of an injured left ankle. Davenport withdrew in her last match because of a hip inury, and Venus was feeling under the weather at Friday’s draw. Davenport shrugs off the hip issue; Venus says she will be fine come Saturday; and Serena could play if necessary.

The United States is 3-0 in Fed Cup play against Belgium. Their last meeting was a 4-1 American decision at the 2003 semifinals in Moscow.

Bart
Apr 22nd, 2005, 07:28 PM
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport (USA) v Els Callens (BEL)
Venus Williams (USA) v Eveline Vanhyfte (BEL)
Lindsay Davenport/Corina Morariu (USA) v Leslie Butkiewicz/Els Callens (BEL)


good luck Belgian girls :help: :help: :unsure: :scared:

venusfan
Apr 22nd, 2005, 11:57 PM
Will the USA fedcup broadcast on tv. It's so freaking odd that I live in new york and will get live coverage of Italy vs Russia but I cant find anything with a schedule of the USA fedcup match. I love the tennis channel and I just wish they can get all the coverage for tennis tournaments because they actually showed tennis. The hell with ESPN


actually checked all ESPN channels and it will be on ESPN Classic from 2-6 pm.

LucasArg
Apr 23rd, 2005, 05:48 AM
Go Venus! :bounce:

Serena? :confused:

shirgan
Apr 23rd, 2005, 09:08 AM
TV schedule:

USA : ESPN Classic
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.


Belgium : RTBF
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.
Spain : TVE Teledeporte
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.
Dubai : Dubai Sports Channel
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.
China : CCTV
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.
Philippines : Solar Entertainment

Delayed transmission.
Times to be confirmed.
Singapore : SCV Starhub

Delayed transmission.
Times to be confirmed.
USA : The Tennis Channel
Day 1 : From 18:00

Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT.
Belgium : VRT
Day 1 : From 18:00
Day 2 : From 18:00

Comment : All live until decided.
All times given in GMT

Bероника
Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:41 PM
Some pics of USA Team:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1709_gallery.JPG
The American team

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1706_gallery.JPG
The USA arrive for the Official Draw

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1708_gallery.JPG
Serena Williams, Venus Williams & Zina Garrison (USA)

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1705_gallery.JPG
USA v BEL Official Draw

And the belgian girls:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_1704_gallery.JPG

gossipcom
Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:54 PM
Serena pulled out of the team and was replaced by Venus, since she hadn't recovered from her ankle sprain that she got last week.

GoSandrine
Apr 23rd, 2005, 06:21 PM
I'd like two cinnamon raisin and two poppy seed please. ;)

Jorn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 06:44 PM
results - predic t

LD - Hyfte 60 60

Venus vs Els 61 61 ;)

Jorn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 07:07 PM
Poor girl got II gamsy :eek: :eek:

pigam
Apr 23rd, 2005, 07:29 PM
Poor girl got II gamsy :eek: :eek:
maria S. got 0 in their last match ;)

GoSandrine
Apr 23rd, 2005, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the bagel Lindsay although I'm still a little hungry ;)

Jorn
Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:15 PM
I hope Els can win 1 game in the second set, so Gosandrine will be hungry still ;)

nitsansh
Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:47 PM
Davenport and Williams Put USA in Control
As expected, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams had easy wins on Saturday to give the hosts a 2-0 lead against Belgium in their first round World Group I tie in Delray Beach, Florida.

Davenport defeated Eveline Vanhyfte 60 62 in just 39 minutes, while Williams took 15 minutes longer to dispatch Els Callens 62 62 in 54 minutes

Davenport broke at love to start the match then held her first two service games at love to sprint to a 4-0 first-set lead. The world No. 1 closed out the first set with another easy break and a quick hold. The opening set took just 13 minutes.

Davenport, who has now won 22 consecutive Fed Cup matches, broke again at love to begin the second set. Vanhyfte fought her way to deuce in the next two games before losing each. She held her last two service games to extend the set, but Davenport was always in control.

Vanhyfte has not played a WTA Tour-level match this year and had never played anyone ranked higher than 180 before Davenport.

Venus Williams will try to give the US a two-love lead in the day’s second singles rubber against Els Callens, Belgium’s top player this weekend.

GoSandrine
Apr 24th, 2005, 03:54 AM
I hope Els can win 1 game in the second set, so Gosandrine will be hungry still ;)

:lol: :yeah:

Well done Lindsay and Venus. I really did feel sorry for the overmatched Belgian girls. Honest.

:angel:

Tati & Dani
Apr 24th, 2005, 06:13 AM
6 games so far :yeah: i bet on 10-15 ;)

foreva lindsay
Apr 24th, 2005, 05:14 PM
Lets Go Davey!!!

foreva lindsay
Apr 24th, 2005, 06:27 PM
break her davey :D

foreva lindsay
Apr 24th, 2005, 07:16 PM
usa win :D davey 6-4 6-0 :D