Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Venue: Club Ali Bey Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor Dates: 27-30 April
Eight teams have been be drawn into two round robin pools of four teams:
Pool A: Finland, Lithuania, Romania, Tunisia
Pool B: Georgia, Ireland, Latvia, Norway
The Round Robin will be played Wednesday through Friday. On the Saturday, the teams that finish in first position in their pool will play off against the team that finishes in second position in the other pool. The two winning teams will be promoted to the 2006 Europe/Africa Zone Group I.
The two teams that finish in fourth position in their pool will play off against the teams that finish in third position in the other pool. The two losing teams will be relegated to 2006 Europe Africa Zone Group III.
Schedule of Play and Nominations given below. Play starts at 0700 GMT. Results will appear on a daily basis.
Finland v Lithuania
Romania v Tunisia
Captain: Mr Jukka Tanninen
I'm surprised that Ireland's top singles player Kelly Liggan and their top doubles player Claire Curran aren't taking part. I had no idea that Anne Mall had decided to switch from playing for the US to Ireland.
Apr 28th, 2005, 06:07 PM
kelly told owen casey in february she didnt want to compete.
claire curran appears on drawsheets now as GBR, so maybe she switched?
Apr 28th, 2005, 08:39 PM
Tennis Ireland posted a piece about Kelly's "surprising last minute withdrawal" from the team so I'm not sure what's going on there.
As for Claire, her nationality has been fluctuating on the WTA rankings between Ireland & GB all year. Last time I spoke with her father he said she was playing for Ireland as always but maybe the lure of a Wimbledon doubles main draw wc is proving a bit tempting for her.
It seems Romania and Finland will go through in group A
Apr 29th, 2005, 05:24 PM
Finland from group A will play Georgia from group B
Romania from group A will play either Latvia or Ireland from group B
Apr 30th, 2005, 05:05 AM
Latvia gained the first point against Ireland in the battle to join Georgia in the promotion play-offs from Pool B after a battling three-set win for Alise Vaidere over Irish stalwart Yvonne Doyle 63 36 63.