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LucasArg
Sep 18th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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Copa Federación: La Argentina visitará a Croacia

En París, se realizó el sorteo para la disputa de la primera eliminatorio del Grupo Mundial II a jugarse el 22 y 23 de abril de 2006


EFE).- Argentina viajará a Croacia para disputar la primera eliminatoria del Grupo Mundial II de la Copa Federación de tenis, tras el sorteo realizado hoy en las instalaciones del estadio Roland Garros en París.

Estos son los emparejamientos del Grupo Mundial II de la Copa Federación para el 2006.

Primera eliminatoria, del 22 al 23 de abril:
Japón-Suiza
Croacia-Argentina
Tailandia-República Checa.
Indonesia-China.

Los ganadores de esta primera ronda se enfrentarán con los perdedores de la primera ronda del Grupo Mundial I, del 15 al 16 de julio, para determinar quiénes jugarán en el Grupo Mundial I el año próximo.

LucasArg
Sep 18th, 2005, 09:36 AM
In english, the article says Argentina will visit Croatia next year to play a spot with the loser of the 1st round in World Group I.

I hope Paola, Gisela, Clarisa, Mariana and Pitu are ALL available.

Croatia can't hurt us right now.

LucasArg
Sep 18th, 2005, 09:38 AM
VAMOS ARGENTINA:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Eugenia
Apr 9th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Clarín - Deportes 09.04.2006

TENIS : OTRO DUELO CON CROACIA

Varios "no" para la Fed

ZAGREB, CROACIA. ENVIADO ESPECIAL

A solamente dos semanas del choque de la primera ronda del grupo Mundial II de la Copa Fed, el capitán Ricardo Rivera volvió a tener problemas con la convocatoria de las principales jugadoras argentinas, un inconveniente que casi siempre ha aparecido a lo largo de la historia y que obliga a ciertos replanteos de tenistas, entrenadores y dirigentes.

La jugadora número 1 del país, Gisela Dulko, ya dijo que no estará presente frente a Croacia en el choque que se desarrollará en el DOM Sportova, el mismo escenario de este match que se está disputando actualmente por la Copa Davis. Otras que entregaron su negativa fueron María Emilia Salerni, Clarisa Fernández y Paola Suárez, por diferentes razones.

Por eso, Rivera llamó a Mariana Díaz Oliva, 74ª en la clasificación mundial, y a Natalia Gussoni, 163ª, quienes serán las titulares. El equipo, entonces, estará compuesto sólo por tres chicas y la tercera será una juvenil del grupo de la Escuela Nacional cuyo nombre será sugerido por su director Gustavo Luza.

Croacia también tiene sus inconvenientes: su mejor jugadora, Jelena Kostanic, acaba de sufrir una importante lesión en su rodilla izquierda en el torneo de Amelia Island, y el capitán Goran Prpic convocaría a Karolina Sprem (96ª en el ranking), Ivana Lisjak (116ª), Matea Mezak (260ª) y Sanja Ancic (314ª), hermana de Mario.

Link: http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/04/09/deportes/d-06803.htm

LucasArg
Apr 10th, 2006, 03:22 AM
Clarín - Deportes 09.04.2006

TENIS : OTRO DUELO CON CROACIA

Varios "no" para la Fed

ZAGREB, CROACIA. ENVIADO ESPECIAL

A solamente dos semanas del choque de la primera ronda del grupo Mundial II de la Copa Fed, el capitán Ricardo Rivera volvió a tener problemas con la convocatoria de las principales jugadoras argentinas, un inconveniente que casi siempre ha aparecido a lo largo de la historia y que obliga a ciertos replanteos de tenistas, entrenadores y dirigentes.

La jugadora número 1 del país, Gisela Dulko, ya dijo que no estará presente frente a Croacia en el choque que se desarrollará en el DOM Sportova, el mismo escenario de este match que se está disputando actualmente por la Copa Davis. Otras que entregaron su negativa fueron María Emilia Salerni, Clarisa Fernández y Paola Suárez, por diferentes razones.

Por eso, Rivera llamó a Mariana Díaz Oliva, 74ª en la clasificación mundial, y a Natalia Gussoni, 163ª, quienes serán las titulares. El equipo, entonces, estará compuesto sólo por tres chicas y la tercera será una juvenil del grupo de la Escuela Nacional cuyo nombre será sugerido por su director Gustavo Luza.

Croacia también tiene sus inconvenientes: su mejor jugadora, Jelena Kostanic, acaba de sufrir una importante lesión en su rodilla izquierda en el torneo de Amelia Island, y el capitán Goran Prpic convocaría a Karolina Sprem (96ª en el ranking), Ivana Lisjak (116ª), Matea Mezak (260ª) y Sanja Ancic (314ª), hermana de Mario.

Link: http://www.clarin.com/diario/2006/04/09/deportes/d-06803.htm

Mariana Diaz Oliva and Natalia Gussoni playing on carpet:o :sad: :sad: :sad:

Por suerte Croacia no tiene a Kostanic, pero igualmente la superficie es determinante. La veo muy dificil.

Malos tiempos para las mujeres.:mad:

FERLKE
Apr 12th, 2006, 02:43 PM
Que patriotas nuestras chicas! :lol: :fiery:

Vamos Mariana y Natalia! :worship:

Eugenia
Apr 12th, 2006, 05:56 PM
ESPNDeportes - Miércoles, 12 de abril de 2006

Son las representantes albicelestes

Mariana Díaz Oliva, Natalia Gussoni y María José Argeri, serán las tres integrantes del equipo argentino de Fed Cup, para jugar frente a Croacia


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AP
Díaz Oliva representará a Argentina en Copa Fed

BUENOS AIRES (Prensa AAT) -- El Consejo Directivo de la Asociación Argentina de Tenis ha aprobado la propuesta del capitán Ricardo Rivera, quedando así designado el equipo que representará a nuestro país en el próximo encuentro con Croacia correspondiente a la primera rueda del Grupo Mundial II de la Fed Cup.

La serie se disputará en el estadio Dom Sportova, Zagreb (Croacia) los días 22 y 23 de abril próximos.

Se anuncia formalmente, por lo tanto, que la representación argentina estará integrada en esta ocasión por:

Jugadoras: Mariana Díaz Oliva, Natalia Gussoni y María José Argeri.

Capitán: Ricardo Rivera

El sorteo tendrá lugar el viernes 21 de abril a las 13 hs. La ceremonia de apertura, el sábado 22 de abril a las 14.45 hs. La cena oficial será el jueves 20 de abril a las 20 hs (todos horarios de Croacia).

Los horarios de comienzo de juego fijados para cada jornada son los siguientes:

- SABADO 22 DE ABRIL: a las 15 hs (10 hs de la Argentina)

- DOMINGO 23 DE ABRIL: a las 16 hs (11 hs de la Argentina)

Link: http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=428148

Fearful Jesuit
Apr 12th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Que patriotas nuestras chicas! :lol: :fiery:

Vamos Mariana y Natalia! :worship:

bueno, no me extraña, la AAT les ha hecho unas cuantas a las chicas, deben estar algo podridas, supongo...
de cualquier manera, fuerza, chicas!

Ellery
Apr 12th, 2006, 08:10 PM
Buena suerte! :worship:

FERLKE
Apr 12th, 2006, 10:09 PM
bueno, no me extraña, la AAT les ha hecho unas cuantas a las chicas, deben estar algo podridas, supongo...
de cualquier manera, fuerza, chicas!

Si ya se que la AAT es un desastre especialmente para con las chicas, ya que no promocionan el tenis femenino, no realizan futures para que puedan jugar en el pais y los periodistas de tenis hablan siempre mal del tenis femenino pero ni siquiera lo siguen, por eso no tienen idea :o
Pero a Pitu y a Clarisa si las ayudó mucho la AAT en su epoca de junior.
Se que hay muchos problemas pero cuando se trata de representar al pais las chicas deberian estar un poco más dispuestas a jugar :p
Por eso admiro mucho a Florencia Labat y Mariana Diaz Oliva que siempre se ponen la camiseta Argentina :hearts:
Pero bueno asi son las cosas :sad:

Zoltan83
Apr 12th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Why Gisela doesn't play the Fed Cup? :sad:
(I don't understand spanish :o)

And why there is only 2 players in the argentinian team?

Gaston_db
Apr 12th, 2006, 10:54 PM
Why Gisela doesn't play the Fed Cup? :sad:
(I don't understand spanish :o)

And why there is only 2 players in the argentinian team?

In general our girls tend to avoid playing fed cup, when it´s not convenient for them. Here in Argentina no one cares about them, and in general people only know Gisela and maybe Mariana because she´s been on the tour for years. Besides, our national federation does not help girls as much as they help boys. If you have a look, we have like 15 men`s futures and only 2 women`s futures :o .
When we play local, nobody goes to the court to cheer for them.
Probably gisela, Salerni and C. Fernandez chose not to play Fed cup in order to have two free weeks to get ready for the clay season starting soon after fed cup. In my oppinion, it was also a bad idea fron WTA to put that free week after fed cup.
And the argentine team has three members: Mariana Diaz Oliva, Natalia Gussoni and Maria José Argeri.

Sorry for our posting in spanish but we sometimes forget other people also care about our players.

Good luch in Fed Cup Girsl!!!! :bounce:
I con´t beleive I`m gonna be able to watch María Jose Play!!! :eek: :hearts:

Zoltan83
Apr 13th, 2006, 12:14 AM
Thanks for the explanation... I found that weird because Gisela usually plays Fed Cup and I was hoping she wasn't injuried or something like that.

Yes, I should learn spanish. It'd be useful for my website :D

LucasArg
Apr 14th, 2006, 06:23 AM
Si ya se que la AAT es un desastre especialmente para con las chicas, ya que no promocionan el tenis femenino, no realizan futures para que puedan jugar en el pais y los periodistas de tenis hablan siempre mal del tenis femenino pero ni siquiera lo siguen, por eso no tienen idea :o
Pero a Pitu y a Clarisa si las ayudó mucho la AAT en su epoca de junior.
Se que hay muchos problemas pero cuando se trata de representar al pais las chicas deberian estar un poco más dispuestas a jugar :p
Por eso admiro mucho a Florencia Labat y Mariana Diaz Oliva que siempre se ponen la camiseta Argentina :hearts:
Pero bueno asi son las cosas :sad:

Ademas la AAT como organizadora del evento de Fed Cup es un desastre (creo que incluso esta tercerizado y mal), no le pagan a las jugadoras lo que corresponde, y es obvio que al capitan le cueste encontrar jugadoras.

Ahora, si en Croacia se juega sobre carpeta, Maria Jose, Natalia y Mariana dificilmente puedan ganar un partido. Es triste pero es asi, yo le tendria mas fe a la Pitu y a Clarisa.

Esto no es ser poco patriota, para nada, es ser realista de una situacion que se repite año a año y parece que a nadie enl a AAT le importa.

De todos modos les deseo a las chicas la mejor de las suertes, y espero que podamos ganar la serie para no quedar afuera del World Group.

LucasArg
Apr 14th, 2006, 07:29 AM
from univision.com

Croacia jugará debilitada ante Argentina

13 de Abril de 2006, 09:56am ET

Zagreb, 13 abr (EFE).- El equipo croata de Copa Federación recibe al de Argentina el 22 y 23 de abril en Zagreb en encuentro del Grupo Mundial II que promete ser un calco del reciente choque entre los conjuntos masculinos en Copa Davis, que los sudamericanos ganaron por 3-2 a domicilio.

Si en la competición por la Ensaladera, Mario Ancic estuvo lesionado, ahora la mejor jugadora croata, Jelena Kostanic, se ha hecho daño en la pierna derecha tras caerse, y sufre una luxación de ligamentos, y será baja en esta confrontación.

Por lo tanto, en los individuales para Croacia intervendrán Karolina Sprem e Ivana Lisjak. El capitán croata Goran Prpic ha convocado a Karolina Sprem (no. 90 del mundo), Ivana Lisjak (118), Matea Mezak (261) y Sanja Ancic (315).

Las argentinas acudirán a Zagreb con sólo tres jugadoras, encabezadas por Mariana Díaz Oliva (73), Natalia Gussoni (164) y Maria José Argeri (182). En el equipo figura también su mejor jugadora, Gisela Dulko, pero en Zagreg se especula con su ausencia, porque no le conviene la pista rápida en la que suelen jugar las croatas. EFE

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Ellery
Apr 21st, 2006, 02:31 PM
Maria Jose will play the first rubber against Karolina Sprem. Good luck Maria Jose!

Eugenia
Apr 22nd, 2006, 12:26 AM
21 Apr 2006 - Dom Sportova, Zagreb, CRO - Neven Berticevic

Sprem opens Croatia's challenge

Karolina Sprem will play first in Croatia's home Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie versus Argentina, and will meet Maria-Jose Argeri in the opening match. The draw was made today in the 'Panorama' hotel, in a relaxed atmosphere, with girls from both teams cheerfully chatting and joking with each other. It produced the following schedule for the weekend:

Karolina Sprem (CRO) v Maria-Jose Argeri (ARG)
Ivana Lisjak (CRO) v Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG)
Karolina Sprem (CRO) v Marina Diaz-Oliva (ARG)
Ivana Lisjak (CRO) v Maria-Jose Argeri (ARG)
Matea Mezak/Karolina Sprem (CRO) v Marina Diaz-Oliva/Natalia Gussoni (ARG)


After the Davis Cup tie, it’s déjà vu

Two weeks after the Davis Cup tie between Croatia and Argentina, it’s déjà vu Same nations, same town (Zagreb), same hall (Dom Sportova) – in fact the only difference is a little less attention.

The Davis Cup quarterfinal tie went Argentina’s way (3-2), which was a tough loss for the holders, but the Croatian girls will now try to exact revenge and take a first step towards the World Group.

Croatia got their wish, as Karolina Sprem, the no. 1, will play the first match on Saturday against surprise Argentinean choice Maria Jose Argeri. The second singles will be between Ivana Lisjak and Argentinean no. 1 Mariana Diaz Oliva.

"Both girls played well [in practice], but I feel Natalia Gussoni needs a few more days on this surface, and may play singles on Sunday," said Argentinean captain Ricardo Rivera.

He also said that his team is here "to win the match", even though on paper, Croatia is the firm favourite.

"Three points, we need to get three points, and I don’t care who is going to win them. Croatia is a great team, but I feel that our girls are good enough to go through.”


Fascinating weekend in prospect

So although both teams are without their best players, a fascinating weekend is still in prospect. Croatia’s Jelena Kostanic is nursing a knee injury, and hopes to be ready for Roland Garros, while Argentina’s Gisela Dulko is taking a break from Fed Cup.

Mariana Diaz Oliva is the most experienced and best ranked Argentinean here in Zagreb, and she says that for her to play second singles is not a problem:

"No, no, not at all. If anything, it's better. I'm more experienced, and can wait around. Maria is playing for the first time, and for her to wait for my match to finish could make her tired even before she took the court.”


Argeri excited to make Fed Cup debut

Maria Jose Argeri was nominated for the Argentinean Fed Cup team for the first time, and will play her first big match against Sprem.

"It will be fun, I'm excited, and hope to do well. The only Croatian girl I know is Matea Mezak, I know her since the junior days.”

Goran Prpic, the Croatian captain, is optimistic about his team’s prospects.

"On paper, Croatia is a better team, and should win after the singles matches. But, if the doubles are to decide [the tie], I feel that Croatia has a much, much better chance. Yes, I was surprised to see Argeri play, but she must have deserved the spot. Best thing for us is the order of play on the first day. I feel Karolina Sprem is a strong favorite, and for Ivana Lisjak it will be much easier to start the match knowing that Croatia is 1:0 up.”



Lisjak was always going to play at no. 2

Sprem was the obvious choice as no. 1, but Prpic never doubted who he would pick for the second spot.

"I was saying all along that Lisjak will play no. 2. In fact, all the girls are hitting the ball well.”

Lisjak is happy to play second and like Argeri she will play singles in Fed Cup for the first time, but she has been on the team playing doubles.

"It will be easier,” she said. “I have high hopes for Karolina, and if she wins it will be much easier.”

For her part Sprem has got over the jet lag she had, and is ready to take Croatia forward.

"With each day I'm plaing better, and that's most important. We fell that this is our match to win.”

Play on Sunday will see the two top players, Sprem and Diaz Oliva, opening the programme, with Lisjak and Argeri to follow. For the doubles Croatia has nominated Sprem and Matea Mezak, while Argentina will go with Diaz Oliva and Natalia Gussoni.

Link: http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=10821

Eugenia
Apr 22nd, 2006, 12:29 AM
Pictures :D

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Karolina Sprem (CRO) and Maria-Jose Argeri (ARG)

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The draw in Croatia

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Argentine team at the draw

Ellery
Apr 22nd, 2006, 06:01 PM
Mariana won :woohoo: :yeah:

Eugenia
Apr 22nd, 2006, 06:29 PM
DAY 1: Croatia vs. Argentina 1 - 1

I wasn't able to see the matches but it's great to know that Mariana won her rubber! :bigclap: Vamos chicas!!! :bounce:

Here is an article:

All square in Zagreb

Croatia and Argentina are all square at the end of the first day’s play in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie in Zagreb.

Karolina Sprem drew first blood for Croatia against Argentina with a 62 64 victory over Maria-Jose Argeri, but Mariana Diaz Oliva got Argentina back on track with a 62 36 64 victory against Croatian No. 2 Ivana Lisjak.

Sprem took 72 minutes to give Croatia the expected lead against Argeri, a Fed Cup rookie.

"It was a great honour to be called. I did not expect to play, so it was a surprise. I tried to do my best, and I did, especially in the second set."

Sprem takes control

The Croatian No. 1 needed 16 points to win the first game but then raced to a 5-0 lead before dropping two games, but broke in the next game to win the set.

“Even though I relaxed for a while, leading 5-0, [the] first set was much better than the second. It was not brilliant but good enough to give Croatia the lead. And that's most important".

The Argentinian came back to lead 3-2, 40-0 but never got to 4-2. Sprem took charge, winning ten of the next 12 points, getting her nose back in front, and finally breaking for the match in the tenth game. Argeri saved two match points but could not chase down another forehand winner from the Croat.

"I felt a chance in the second set, but made a fatal decision leading 3-2, 40-0. I was waiting for Karolina to make a mistake, but it never happened. She hit five clean winners to win the game, and get back into the match. Next time I will know better, next time I'll go for my shots. Even if you don't make them, you feel better, knowing you did all you could."


Argeri no match for Sprem

Argeri, ranked No. 172 in the world, played a solid match, but in the end was no match for the hard hitting Croatian. Sprem was going for everything, missing some but making more, and that was more than enough to give Croatia the early lead.

“Argeri was much better in the second set, she got back most of the balls. For me the key was the sixth game of the second set. To win that game from 0-40, and get back to 3-3 was a huge step. She was a complete unknown for me, and played well."

Argeri returned the compliment, and maybe exaggerated a little.

“Karolina is a great hitter. She goes for broke most of the time. Today, she made most of her shots. Tomorrow she might not, and the balls could fly all the way to New York.”


Lisjak missed her chance

Diaz Oliva made short work of Lisjak in the first set, but the Croatian girl came back in style, narrowly missing a chance to put Croatia in the driving seat after the first day. But, the Argentinian No.1 was at her best when needed, and got a break when Lisjak tightened up serving to stay in the match at 4-5 in the third set.

Diaz was making most of the shots in the first set, while Lisjak was missing from both sides, but the things turned around when Lisjak broke for the first time to take a 4-2 lead in the second set, and three games later made things even.

The third set was by far the best. Diaz Oliva broke early, but failed to hold serve for 3-0. In the longest game of the match, Lisjak converted her sixth break point, and then raced to a 4-2 lead, but failed to hold for 5-3. Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, Lisjak got out a hole with three service winners from 0-30, but double faulted twice to hand Diaz-Oliva match point, and then failed to get her forehand over the net on that point. The Argentinian was thrilled with the win, but only the win.


Experience the key for Diaz-Oliva

"I did not play well today. I know Ivana and her game, but she surprised me when she slowed up the tempo. For me it was much easier when she went for it. My experience was the key factor, but I must play much, much better against Sprem to stand a chance. Croatia is still a favourite, but not by much. We will fight, like always, till the end."

Captain Ricardo Rivera was satisfied with 1-1, and the way Maria Jose Argeri performed.

"The result is good for us, and we will try to make it better on Sunday."

Ivana Lisjak was close but not close enough.

"I lost my legs at the end of the third set, it was hard to stay in the match when I lost serve leading 4-3. I just could not do it."

Prpic likes Croatia's chances

Goran Prpic, the Croatian captain still feels his chances are better.

"I was hoping for a 2-0 lead, I felt Lisjak would beat Diaz Oliva, and she had a great chance. I still feel she would have done it if she held for 5-5 in the third. But if Karolina plays like today, I like our chances."

Sprem and Diaz Oliva will play the first match on Sunday, followed by Lisjak against Argeri. As things stand, Sprem and Matea Mezak would face Diaz Oliva and Natalia Gussoni in the doubles rubber, but the captains can change the doubles nominations up to 15 minutes after the fourth singles rubber.

Link: http://www.fedcup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=10843

Eugenia
Apr 22nd, 2006, 06:30 PM
Day 1 Pics

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Maria-Jose Argeri and Ricardo Rivera (ARG)

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Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG)

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Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG)

LucasArg
Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:23 AM
I saw both matches yesterday and I will watch today sunday the others. I hope Mariana can beat Sprem.

Eugenia
Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:52 PM
I saw both matches yesterday and I will watch today sunday the others. I hope Mariana can beat Sprem.

I'm really excited to watch today's matches, I can't wait to see Mariana and María José (for the first time!). :hearts: I think Argentina has chances, anyways, I'll be cheering for our girls!!! :bounce:

Eugenia
Apr 23rd, 2006, 01:20 PM
Another pic of Mariana :kiss:

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/8848/marianafedcup20066ka.jpg

LucasArg
Apr 23rd, 2006, 05:09 PM
Mariana lost to Sprem 4-6 2-6

But

Maria Jose Argeri def. Ivana Lisjak 4-6 6-2 6-4 :bounce:

Ellery
Apr 23rd, 2006, 05:28 PM
Well done Maria Jose!

Good luck in doubles!

Eugenia
Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:12 PM
CRO d. ARG 3-2 :crying2:

I saw the three matches, and I'm really happy with the game and the heart of María José, she really gave her soul to win that 4th rubber and she played some great tennis! :bigclap: It's a little bit sad the last 3 Fed Cup ties ended with a loss in the doubles match, but good effort Mariana and María José! Thank you girls for representing Argentina! :bounce:

FERLKE
Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:38 PM
Bueno estuvo cerca, pense que el dobles seria un poca mas cerrado, pero en mi opinion la jugadora clave de la serie fue Sprem que marcaba claras diferencias con el resto de las chicas.
Maria Jose Argeri jugó con mucha garra a la igual que Mariana pero cuando las croatas aceleraban un poco el paso se notoba una clara diferencia.
Espero que puedan mantenerse en el grupo mundial II :unsure:
Gracias por estar dispuestos chicas :worship: espero que otras hagan lo mismo :o

Eugenia
Apr 23rd, 2006, 09:25 PM
Croatia squeak through after deciding doubles

Croatia has narrowly defeated Argentina 3-2, after Matea Mezak and Karolina Sprem won the deciding doubles rubber 63 63 over Maria Jose Argeri and Mariana Diaz-Oliva.

Croatia now goes on to the World Group Play-offs in July to bid for a place in the World Group, while Argentina faces a World Group II Play-off.

In the first rubber of the day, Sprem had completed her second singles victory of the weekend in just over an hour, defeating Diaz-Oliva 64 62 to put Croatia 2-1 up. The Croatian no. 1 was in full force, hitting winners from all over the court, and giving Argentina’s no. 1 Mariana Diaz-Oliva almost no chance.

"Karolina played really, really, good," said Diaz-Oliva. "To have a chance against her on this court, I would need at least two weeks practice. Five days was not enough."

The only time Sprem faltered was in the fourth game of the first set, when she dropped serve for the only time, serving three double-faults in the process.

"I started off nervous for no obvious reason, but I came back straight away, so that was good for my self confidence."

After that though it was almost one-way traffic, as Diaz-Oliva won only three more games. From 1-3 down Sprem won four straight games, Diaz-Oliva held for 4:5, but could manage only one point when Sprem served for the set.

"This was the crucial match for us, but I could not win, no way," said Diaz-Oliva. "Karolina was playing great. Yes, she made some return mistakes, but none on the crucial points. Also, she won all the big rallies. This was a different match. On Saturday, I felt in control most of the time, and Lisjak would eventualy miss on big ocasions. Today, the ball was coming fast, Sprem hits so hard. So she did not let me do what I wanted to do."

The second set was a much easier affair. Sprem won four straight games, and was never in danger, losing only three points serving. Sprem served the match out to love, once again giving Croatia the lead.

"Second set was much better. Much, much better. I was nervous for the first few games, but once I let my hand fly it was much easier.

“I felt really good out there. Not to drop a set in two days, coming from break down twice is big boost for the future weeks.”

Maria-Jose Argeri got Argentina back on track in the fourth rubber with a thrilling 26 61 64 victory against Ivana Lisjak , to keep Argentina’s Fed Cup hopes alive and take this World Group II tie in Zagreb down to the wire.

The Croatian started off strongly by breaking in the very first game, and racing to a 4-0 lead, eventually taking the set. But Argerie hit back and broke early in the second set, and although Lisjak had a chance to get back into the set, she missed on all five break points she had in the fifth game. Argeri then raced through the rest of the set, and to a 5-1 lead in the third before Lisjak almost mounted a comeback of her own.

Argeri was two points from victory in the seventh game, but Lisjak held from deuce, and then got one break back. Serving to stay in the match, Lisjak saved a match point with a backhand winner, but that was as far as she got. Argeri did not make a mistake serving for the match and opening the stage for the deciding doubles. Serving at 30-30, the Argentinean hit her third ace, and on match point number two, Lisjak netted a forehand, and was close to tears while talking to the press.

"I felt much better today, not tight at all, as I was against Diaz-Oliva. First set great, no problems. The second set was much closer than the result would suggest, but she made all the important points. The third set is impossible to explain, I just lost it completely, even though I felt I could come back. I have done it before. But two mistakes in the tenth game gave the match to her. I'm very, very disappointed, and need to change something in my game. I cannot just wait for the other girl to make a mistake, I need to take charge.”

Argeri called the victory "one of the biggest in my career", achieved in only her second Fed cup singles match. It set the stage for the doubles decider, and she duly got the nod from captain Ricardo Rivera, replacing the originally-nominated Natalia Gussoni. Croatian captain Goran Prpic stayed with Sprem and Matea Mezak.

If Prpic arguably made a mistake staying with Lisjak for the second singles, he certainly knows how to win matches at two rubbers all. After Friday’s draw, the Croatian captain had been very confident about the home team’s prospects: "If we dont go through after the singles, my girls have more, much more chances to win the doubles.”

And so it happened. Sprem and Matea Mezak beat Diaz Oliva and Argeri 63 63 in 72 minutes, without ever losing serve. Since losing a deciding doubles rubber against Germany in 2000, Croatia has now won three decisive doubles rubbers in a row. Argentina meanwhile has now lost the fifth and deciding rubber for the third straight time.

Link: http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=10864

LucasArg
Apr 23rd, 2006, 10:45 PM
Yo estoy muy contento pese a la derrota en el dobles. Creo que fue muy positivo perder 2-3 en esa superficie y con el equipo incompleto.
Lo importante fueron las victorias en singles de Mariana y Maria Jose. Estoy seguro que Argentina es el equipo mas fuerte para el repechaje del World Group II, aun sin Paola, Clarisa, Gisela o Pitu.

Vamos Argentina!!! :bounce:

Me gusta saber que contamos con jugadoras con corazon a pesar de tener DIRIGENTES SIN VERGUENZA.

GRACIAS CHICAS!!! :kiss: :hearts:

Eugenia
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:12 AM
Day 2 Pics

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_2801_gallery.JPG
Maria Jose Argeri (ARG) :kiss:

http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/FC_2802_gallery.JPG
Maria Jose Argeri (ARG)

Ellery
Apr 24th, 2006, 01:38 PM
:sad: :hug:

LegionArgentina
Apr 24th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Coinsido con Lucasarg

Argentina es un de los equipos mas fuertes en el repechaje del WG2

Los equipos que se encuentran en el repechaje son:
Argentina
Canada
Eslovaquia
Tailandia
Australia
Suiza

Espero que no nos toque con suiza (martina y patty) o con eslovaquia de visitante

Un poco de suerte por favorrrr¡¡¡

Pero igual creo que si estan en buen estado fisico las chicas se puede llegar legos.

LegionArgentina
Apr 24th, 2006, 10:04 PM
Son ocho los equipos me olvide de dos

Argentina
Israel
Tailandia
Eslovaquia
Suiza
Australia
Canada
Indonecia

LucasArg
Apr 25th, 2006, 05:21 AM
Si es verdad, Suiza puede ser peligroso, aunque no creo que Hingis y Schnyder jueguen un repechaje. Slovakia por Hantuchova tambien puede ser dificil, asi como Israel con Smashnova y Obziler.

Ojala nos toque cualquiera de los otros, jejeje.

LegionArgentina
Apr 25th, 2006, 03:41 PM
Se sorteo el draw:

World Group II Play-offs


Canada (s)(c)(*) v Argentina

Indonesia (s) v Israel (c)(*)

Slovak Republic (s)(c) v Thailand

Bueno creo que sera una seria pareja aunque Argentina es la favorita si las chicas se encuentran bien fisicamente.
Esperemos que nos quedemos en WG2¡

Canada eligira canchas rapidas pero no creo que carpeta


Switzerland (s)(c) v Australia

LegionArgentina
Apr 25th, 2006, 03:53 PM
Veamos su rankings

Las cinco mejores de Canada:

Nombres Ranking Singles Ranking Dobles

Dubois 141 182
Wozinak 147 400
Pelletier 246 211
Drake 280 117
El Tabahk 373 429

Vamos Argentina¡¡

LucasArg
Apr 30th, 2006, 07:45 AM
Creo que por mas que Canada elija canchas duras en su pais, Argentina tiene una muy buena chance, las jugadoras canadienses no son para nada consistentes y las argentinas pueden ganarles, creo que hay mas talento.

Espero que haya mas jugadoras argentinas disponibles para el encuentro. :angel:

LegionArgentina
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Si estoy de acuerdo con vos Lucasarg si las jugadoras estan disponibles para el encuentro las chicas argentinas haran que el resultado sea aun mas parejo , si jugamos con Gisela, Mariana, Pitu y Majo ganamos.

LegionArgentina
May 18th, 2006, 11:29 PM
Las canadiences choise HARD

Buena suerte para las chicas argentinas mi equipo favorito seria:

Equipo uno

Poli Suarez
Gisela Dulko
Clarisa Fernandez
Jorgelina Cravero

Equipo dos

Gisela Dulko
Mariana Diaz Oliva
Maria Jose Argeri
Jorgelina Cravero

Eugenia
May 19th, 2006, 07:40 PM
July 15-16 Fed Cup SF And Playoffs Venues / Surfaces Confirmed

Canada vs. Argentina

Royal Glenora Club, Edmonton, Canada
Stadium Capacity: 1000
Surface: Hard (Plexipave) - Outdoors

LucasArg
May 25th, 2006, 09:36 PM
Espero que Rivera pueda convocar a Pitu y Clarisa para este tie. Las dos pueden jugar muy bien en canchas rapidas.