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Neptune
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:21 AM
Draws for World Group Play-offs & World Group II Play-offs
The Draws for the 2008 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs has now been made at the ITF headquarters in London.

The ties will be held the weekend of April 26-27, alongside the World Group semifinals

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
Home nations listed first, seeded nations in capitals, * denotes choice of ground drawn by lot

ITALY * v Ukraine

Japan v FRANCE

Argentina v GERMANY

ISRAEL * v Czech Republic

The four winning nations will qualify for the 2009 World Group, while the four losers will start in World Group II in 2009.

Seedings based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS
Home nations listed first, seeded nations in capitals, * denotes choice of ground drawn by lot

BELGIUM * v Colombia

AUSTRIA v Switzerland

SLOVAK REPUBLIC * v Uzbekistan

CROATIA * v Serbia

The four winning nations will qualify for World Group II in 2009, while the four losers will start in Zonal Group I in 2009.

Seedings based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?articleid=11292

Israel-Czech Republic :help:

itzhak
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:26 AM
Emotional Nicole vs. the Israeli crowd....it will be....

seriously, it will be better this time. Everybody knows here that it was too much and I'm sure that it will be completely different from what happened against Russia.

Tennisace
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:27 AM
Neither Argentina or Germany deserve to be in the World Group and sadly one of them will.

Go Slovak Republic :D

FORZA SARITA
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Ukraine :unsure:

n.sad
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Serbia :) I wish Ana and JJ have chance to play in Serbia but ok... good draw

Ballbasher
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Germany is so lucky lately with Play-Offs :lol:
I think winners will be:
Italy
France
Germany
Czech Republic

Belgium (but Colombia has a good chance)
Austria (if Paszek/Bammer play)
Slovakia
Serbia (if Jankovic/Ivanovic play)

FrOzon
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:55 AM
Germany is so lucky lately with Play-Offs :lol:
I think winners will be:
Italy
France
Germany
Czech Republic

Belgium (but Colombia has a good chance)
Austria (if Paszek/Bammer play)
Slovakia
Serbia (if Jankovic/Ivanovic play)

Really lucky... but this tie will be played in Argentina (on clay). Don't know if Dulko is playing.. :shrug: if yes, I don't see Germany winning :confused:

ce
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:55 AM
crap
why in Zagreb
poor girls,all nation will be against them :sad:

Andy T
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:41 AM
I think it's time for a rethink of the Fed Cup format. 8 teams in the top division is too few. QF should be replaced by 4 groups of 3 teams playing in one venue to determine the semi-finalists, with semis & finals played as they are now. Bottom teams in each group go into play-offs to avoid relegation.

Mr_Molik
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:50 AM
I think it's time for a rethink of the Fed Cup format. 8 teams in the top division is too few. QF should be replaced by 4 groups of 3 teams playing in one venue to determine the semi-finalists, with semis & finals played as they are now. Bottom teams in each group go into play-offs to avoid relegation.
what about a 16 team knock out draw, with each round played seperately throughout the year? that is how the davis cup is done, right? possibly with byes for top 4 teams, and with all first round losers going into play-offs to avoid relegation. this would be the ideal format, in my opinion.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Nicole & Czechs now going to Israel :help:

Demska
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Nicole gonna smash a few rackets. :devil:

pka_liloo
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:32 AM
Nicole gonna smash a few rackets. :devil:

and go even crazier than Chaky! OMG! we'll need a live stream from Israel! :devil:

The Kaz
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Croatia vs Serbia :unsure: :scared:

OMG I can see a bloody riot happening :sad:

rada
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:42 AM
Croatia vs Serbia :unsure: :scared:

OMG I can see a bloody riot happening :sad:

ha ha i was just thinking the same thing, Jelena and Ana will win then the trouble will start

up!
Feb 5th, 2008, 12:43 PM
France travelling to Asia AGAIN !!

Tripp
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:08 PM
Argentina got lucky :D Winnable match at home.

I HATE this format. Fed Cup organizers should stop experimenting and stick to the 16-nations format that is used in the Davis Cup.

mr_burns
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:43 PM
Argentina got lucky :D Winnable match at home.

I HATE this format. Fed Cup organizers should stop experimenting and stick to the 16-nations format that is used in the Davis Cup.

With only 8 teams there is a better chancd that top player compete


actually a lot did so

dulkogii
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Argentina :banana:

The Daviator
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Serbia-Croatia :haha: Ajde! :rocker2:

How many ties do you have to win to get into the world group :o

.:sk:.
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Good lot for Germany & France :)

Elwin.
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:26 PM
OMG Croatia vs. Serbia :eek: :scared:

Belgium has a good chance against Colombia :)

Michael!
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:41 PM
Really good lot for Germany...;)
All players from Argentina are beatable for the German girls, even on clay!
Good luck! :bounce:

auah5
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:47 PM
Nice easy draw for Serbia..
Its funny because based on Fed Cup rank, Croatia is seeded higher than Serbia.. Serbia will win if Ana/Jelena will play.
So lucky draw for Germany/Argentina.. they both dont deserve to be in World Group.. >_>'

matanuriel
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:58 PM
:rofl: at some of the posts in here. If this few days showed up what happened against Russia (where they didn't complain much about the crowd) I don't want to know what will happen after sexy Nicole will come to Israel and even more soccer crowd men will come to see her. I hope she won't start crying. anyway I am pretty sure there will be livestream this time as well...

I just love Vaidisova, I am so there in the match Shahar-Nicole (I hope it will be as dramatic and good as in the USO).

Bероника
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:00 PM
:( I hate it.Why France again so far away? :sad: :o

FrenchY52
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Yeahh what a luck ... China and now Japan..

bavaria86
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:19 PM
GL to Germany and Uzbekistan :yeah:
Germany will win against Argentina and hopefully Uzbekistan, too but tough draw for them.

Talita Kumi
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:44 PM
GL to Germany and Uzbekistan :yeah:
Germany will win against Argentina
:lol: :lol::rolls::rolls::haha::haha:

lolas
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:49 PM
:lol: :lol::rolls::rolls::haha::haha:

Please, Müller and Schruff are invincible on clay :p good for you that they won't play.

bavaria86
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:53 PM
I really think Argentina is the best draw we could get Ukraine and Czech Republic are very strong teams. And with Lisickis Aces and a Malek in good shape we will win.

Talita Kumi
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Please, Müller and Schruff are invincible on clay :p good for you that they won't play.

:spit::haha::rolls::lol:

matanuriel
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:56 PM
:spit::haha::rolls::lol:

how come there is hebrew in your sig?

Dexter
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:57 PM
Oh my, Serbia vs Croatia... I expect some casualties both on court and in the crowd. :tape:

Talita Kumi
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:05 PM
how come there is hebrew in your sig?

click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Judaism :angel:

LeChuck
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:02 PM
:lol: Croatia-Serbia should be a lot of fun. Hopefully the Czech Republic (though it will be tricky for them) and Serbia will gain promotion to the World Group I and World Group II respectively.

Sassy-Na
Feb 7th, 2008, 03:26 AM
italy :hug:

switz
Feb 7th, 2008, 03:42 AM
If only Switzerland could get Austria with their team for the last tie :sad: I suspect it will be Pasek and Bammer back which probably means back to regional qualifying unless Martina's doping offence is quashed and she decides to play Fed Cup for the first time in 10 years :tape: I suppose Patty could beat Bammer and Pasek if she's on and then doubles would be pretty even.

Just Do It
Feb 7th, 2008, 08:57 AM
Serbia v Croatia :eek:

I am wondering who will play for Croatia ?

Adrian.
Feb 7th, 2008, 09:47 AM
go marta

jonny84
Feb 7th, 2008, 03:44 PM
I think.............

Italy will beat Ukraine 3-2
France will beat Japan
Germany will beat Argentina
Czech Republic will beat Israel

Belgium will beat Colombia
Austria will beat Switzerland (although could depend if Patty plays or not)
Slovakia will beat Uzbekistan
Serbia will beat Croatia