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Nov 15th, 2001, 04:03 AM
Schedule of Final:
Germany vs. Great Britain:
Sabine Graf (GER) vs. Larisa Ferrer (GBR)<br />Selima Valentine (GER) vs. Nicole Arenot (GBR)
Selima Valentine (GER) vs. Larisa Ferrer (GBR)<br />Sabine Graf (GER) vs. Paula Materton (GBR)<br />Graf/Valentine (GER) vs. Arenot/Moore (GBR)
Nov 15th, 2001, 04:27 AM
Go Brazil!!!!!!!!<br /> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Nov 15th, 2001, 05:25 AM
Canada Opens Fed Cup Qualifying Strong
Interview with Eva Sorrenta:
Q: Eva, how does it feel to be qualifying here at Fed Cup first off? A year ago Canada was playing for a spot in the finals, much different atmosphere?
A: Well, obviously this is certainly different in the sense of being closer to being Fed Cup champions, but this is just as important for team Canada as any other match. I think last year we slumped a bit, Caroline and I mentally were tired, and then earlier this year we really struggled with our form, I wasn't playing very well, and Caroline being in university was not too prepared physically or mentally for such a high level of play yet I think. It's nice to be feeling a bit better right now, especially with Anjie now playing under the Canadian flag.
Q: You must be very pleased to be playing here in Canada?
A: Absolutely. I think maybe there is some added pressure playing at home, but I love having the crowd support, it means a lot to us, and we're very appreciative of it.
Q: Can you talk a little about your first tie against Mexico? It was quite close.
A: Yeah, they have a toung talented team for sure. Herrera's had some nice results particularly in juniors, and I think the other two, Torres and Fernandez showed a lot of guts in their matches. It was a well played tie, and I think they just lacked a bit of experience, especially in this sort of competition.
Q: You played earlier today against Brazil's Nicole Lamanke-Huber, wree you surprised with how close it was?
A: No, I wouldn't really say that. I expect everyone I play to give it their all, and Nicole definetly did that out there, so I applaud her for showing a lot of fight out there against me. She was the underdog, and she seemed to be really going for her shots out there, a lot of great shots in the second set to bring it into the third, so I had to try and keep my game level strong out there towards the end.
Q: What were you thinking when it got towards the later stages of the match around 5-5, and 6-6?
A: Basically just to keep staying aggressive, but play within myself. Physically I felt I could hang in there for sure, but mentally I didn't want to have to be the one trying to play catch up, so I wanted to stay on top of more of the rallies, and hopefully get a few of the bigger points. Fortunately it did pay off.
Q: Tomorrow you play Gisele Noventz, and then you will play doubles, what is your mind frame there?
A: I think Anjie and I are feeling good right now, I know Gisele fairly well actually, so I expect a good match from her. as far as the other matches go, I know Anjie's eager to go out there and play. I think maybe she's been a little bit nervous understandably, considering this is her first time playing for Canada. In doubles we'll just try our usual tactics and hopefully we can execute.
Q: Any specific goals overall?
A: Just to keep fighting for everything regardless of the scores, same attitude as we would bring to the table individually really. Hopefully that sort of attitude and some high quality play will get us back into the world group and further by next year.
FED CUP 2001 -<br />Sorrenta/NOVENTZ - 3-6 6-3 8-6
Q:So, are you sad about Brazil's first loss in the qualifyings?<br />A:Hmmm, in someway yeah. I know we could have done better. But you know, all canadians cheering for them, me and Nicole don't have this experience. Was such a big crowd supporting Eva and Anjelica, two experient players. But this is being so great for us, and me and Nicole wants to enjoy this run. Is being enjoyable, and we only want to have fun since now. But obviously, that winning is soo much better.. *laughter*
Q:And your first loss in singles also. How is everything going for you, after alot of three setters behind three-setters?<br />A: I'm fine. I can say I'm better than last week in Manilla. I am tired of course, but, I'm fighting for nothing worse appears. I am trainning very hard for this tournament. I think the results are only coming. I hope I can keep my good streak winning.
Q:Tell me more about Eva Sorrenta? How was playing with her? And Anjelica yesterday?<br />A: I'll begin about yesterday. I was so happy when I won Anjelica yesterday, Everything went good. She started very well the second set. I was already thinking in the third one. In how to break her serve, and keep mine. I guess she was nervous, and I used her errors to help me to win.
Q:And about Eva?<br />A:Yes... A disapointed loss to me. I tried my best on the third set. She played well. I think I was in the mood, and won the first set. The crowd wasn't so into the match, and then when she started to make her 1st serves, the crowd started to cheer. I have to say, was the best match of my whole life. The crowd was so classy at the same time. Was wonderful. Eva was so nice with me. I was nervous, when I lost that match. I don't know. Was a magical moment in my short carrer until now.
Q:You and Nicole didn't had the same lucky in doubles. What happened?<br />A: Yes, Eva and Anjelica a tough team, who has been doing great in the professional tour. While me and Nicole played together for the first time. But according our results in this cup, I thought we would win. But I wasn't serving well. That match helped a lot for tomorrow when we're gonna face Mexico team. We decided to play the 5th match only for practise. But I am proud of us cause we fought. So we can say at least "Wasn't a cheap loss"
Q:The fact that the Mieles aren't playing here is a factor of Brazil's loss to Canada?<br />A: I guess so, by one reason. Me and Nicole played last week in singles and doubles tournament. Barbara and Lara also. They won the doubles tournament by the way. Me and Nicole were already commited for the singles matches, and the Mieles for the doubles. It would help a lot if them play doubles. We weren't be tired, and maybe won the matches that we were supposed to win. But discarding this possibility, everything is working out. I'm impressed with out results, in our debut in FED CUP. I'm really proud.
Q <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> k the next opponents are the Mexico team. Any special strategy between you and Nicole. Cause the worse opponent already played that is Canada. So?<br />A: Hmm I don't think so. I think everyone has to be worry with every opponent you play. In this competition there isn't weakest team or better team. You are playing for your country, not only for you. I guess everyone wants to do the best for it. Me at least. So Mexico will be tough as Canada and Venezuela were. We have to be worry in the same way as we were with Canada and Venezuela. So we're gonna only play our games and see what happen. Won't be easy
Q:Any predictions of the future about Nicole and you playing together?<br />A: Hmm Time will tell. I don't know. I think that, she also thinks, that each one wants to have your own way. Your own future. Me and Carmen are having a wonderful time together. I would like to wish good luck for the spanish team also. And I don't know. Maybe if me and Carmem don't have the same relationship, if something affect. And Nicole's also... I don't know yet... Maybe some tournaments.... But actually I pretend to keep with Carmen.
Q:Which team you think the canadian crowd will cheer tomorrow for Brazil vs Mexico?<br />A: I guess Mexico...
Q:Why?<br />A: Just a deduction... *laughs*
Q <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> k. Good luck tomorrow Gisele, and thank for the interview!<br />A:Thank you!
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Teams qualified to World Group 2002: Africa/Canada!
3rd position Play-off:
Spain vs. Brazil
Nov 16th, 2001, 12:15 PM
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VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Nov 16th, 2001, 01:08 PM
<font size=3>Africa regains World Group status in Fed Cup<font size=2>
It started out very dismally for the huge continent of Africa, relegated to Fed Cup qualifying after they played to a 4th place finish in last years World Group. They took on the young team of Spain with Monica De La Cal and Anabel Conde-Martinez. The trio of Ruflina Taliamanosoko (Botswana), Madonika Diva Jahfson (Morocco), and Ebony Maeve Freeman (Zimbabwe) lost a shocker 4-1 to the Armada. The only win came off of the veteran Taliamanosoko's first match.
They needed to win their next 2 ties to assure a place in the world group, and they needed to do it without losing a match. Sure enough, they won 6 straight Fed Cup matches in singles and doubles to eliminate both Poland and France (two very young teams) to take the lead in their group and advance with Canada to the world group next year.
A very pregnant and happy Ruflina Taliamanosoko rejoiced:
To have Madonika and Ebony with me on the team is awesome. It's so nice having a full team, as last year it was just Ebony and I, but now Madonika brings new spice to the team. She played excellently to help assure a place in the World Group for next year and I am very proud of her. I hope that maybe one day we can have a dynasty like Germany or Great Britain, but right now, we have us 3, and we will work for our continent in Fed Cup to the very end.
Nov 16th, 2001, 05:53 PM
Anjelica de la Courtiere was unable to be reached for an interview, but released the following statement:
"First I would just like to apologize for how I played in my singles matches. I was very nervous playing for Canada for the first time. Doubles I did better, but still. Canada should be very proud to have such a great player like Eva Sorrenta who has single-handedly carried them into the World Group. Hopefully next year I'll play a little better and can help Canada play for the title. I would like to think the Canadian fans for all the support I received... even when I was losing, I never felt more welcome anywhere else. It was the most enjoyable thing I have ever witnessed, and I can't wait to represent this wonderful country again."
Nov 17th, 2001, 10:27 PM
3rd position Play-off:
Spain def. Brazil 3-1:
Monica de la Cal (ESP) def. Nicole Lamanke-Huber (BRA) 6-1 1-6 7-6 (5)<br />Anabel Conde-Martinez (ESP) def. Gisele Noventz (BRA) 2-6 6-3 8-6<br />Gisele Noventz (BRA) def. Monica de la Cal (ESP) 7-6 (2) 6-4<br />Carmen Prado (ESP) def. Nicole Lamanke-Huber (BRA) 6-4 7-6 (1)<br />de la Cal/Prado (ESP) vs. Lamanke-Huber/Noventz (BRA) - not played
Nov 18th, 2001, 01:25 AM
Canada Advances Through Regional Qualifying
Interview with Eva Sorrenta:
Q: Eva, congratulations to you and team Canada, you must be pleased to get back into the world group.
A: Thank you, we're all very ecstatic to be back into the world group. There were several good young teams here who gave us a run for our money so we're thankful we were able to hold it together for the home crowd.
Q: How has it been to play at home?
A: Amazing. I can't explain how wonderful it's been to do so well right here in front of our fans, there's not too many things more gratifying than that in all honesty.
Q: Can you talk about your results individually? You played strong all week.
A: Thank you, I account a lot of that to my teammate Anjelica, and also the coaching staff around us who have really help us prepare for this mentally and physically. To go 9-0 in my matches here is just unbelieveable. I'd have never expected that.
Q: How was it to have Anjelica on the team?
A: Terrific, you know she was very nervous playing in Canada and wondering how they'd react, and she's been treated as if she was here just as long as any other Canadian. We're a very multicultural nation, and Anjelica has been supported here from day 1.
Q: What are your goals from here in the world group?
A: Well like I said before, we just give it our all. I think we proved that this week, there were a lot of tight matches that we were able to survive, and I place a lot of that just on keeping the right attitude out there and hanging tough. As far as I'm concerned, there's no reason why Canada can't do well in the world group, or even win for that matter really. We just need to have that belief.
Q: What are the plans for 2002 at this point?
A: Well, I've been given a chance to play the Hopman Cup for Canada which I'm really excited to be a part of. This is my first time in this event. From there Anjelica and I will both be playing in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, and Paris so we have a lot of tennis ahead of us. I'll also be playing an exhibiton event hosted by Ruflina Taliamanosoko which I am excited to be a part of.