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Dec 3rd, 2001, 10:49 AM
<font size=4 color=lime>ITF Connolly Continental Cup </font>

<br />Group 1 – Czech Republic (1), Brazil, Sweden, Austria (8)

Group 2 – <font color=red>Russia (3)</font>, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Hungary (6)

Group 3 – Argentina (4), Uruguay, Canada, USA (5)

Group 4 – Slovak Republic (2), Algeria, Korea, Croatia (7)

Dec 3rd, 2001, 11:01 AM
We got Hungary again <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> but this time our girls will come thru <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> unlike U16 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Should be these matches on Wednesday<br />(2) Vera Zvonareva v Zsuzsanna Babos <br />(1) Svetlana Kuznetsova v Virag Nemeth

then doubles <br /> Anna Bastrikova/Svetlana Kuznetsova v ??

Svetlana has only met Virag once and won on clay in Paris 6-7 6-1 6-1

and Vera bt Zsuzsanna in last years Eddie Herr Champs 6-0 6-1 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

hoping for more of the same

Today we open up against Uzbekistan

go girls and go TEAM RUSSIA !!!!!!!!

[ December 03, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>

Dec 3rd, 2001, 11:04 AM
Monday Order of Play

ARG (G)<br /> v.<br /> URU (G)<br /> <br />CAN (G)<br /> v.<br /> USA (G)<br /> <br />RUS (G)<br /> v.<br /> UZB (G)<br /> <br />MEX (G)<br /> v.<br /> HUN (G)<br /> <br />CZE (G)<br /> v.<br /> BRA (G)<br /> <br />SWE (G)<br /> v.<br /> AUT (G)<br /> <br />SVK (G)<br /> v.<br /> ALG (G)<br /> <br />KOR (G)<br /> v.<br /> CRO (G)

Dec 3rd, 2001, 11:09 AM
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE PLAYING! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 3rd, 2001, 11:53 AM
What's the Brazilian team, TBE?


Dec 3rd, 2001, 01:00 PM
Horrible draw <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Good luck to Mexico <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br />* Melissa Torres <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <br />* Maria Jose Lopez-Herrera <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <br />* Daniela Muņoz <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />

Randy H
Dec 3rd, 2001, 04:22 PM
hmm, decent draw for the Canadians, USA and Argentina will certainly be tough but it could have been worse I think. Hopefully they can at least give them a few good matches if Melanie and Diana are playing well.

Good draw for Slovakia, hope Lenka and Lubomira play better singles matches than they did in West Columbia last week.

the cat
Dec 3rd, 2001, 06:33 PM
Where is the French team? I thought Tataiana Golovin was playing this event?

Dec 3rd, 2001, 07:24 PM
you have to qualify to make last 16

France failed to qualify in August prelims (top 6 European qualified)

She didn't play anyway then

Dec 4th, 2001, 02:48 AM

<font color=yellow><br /> GROUP ONE<br /> <br /> Czech Republic (1)<br /> Def.<br /> Brazil<br /> 3-0<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Petra Cetkovska <br /> v.<br /> Tassia Sono <br /> 63 63<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Barbora Strycova <br /> v.<br /> Larissa Carvalho <br /> 60 61<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Petra Cetkovska / Barbora Strycova<br /> v.<br /> Larissa Carvalho / Tassia Sono <br /> 61 62<br /> <br /> <br /> Sweden<br /> Lost to<br /> Austria (8)<br /> 0-3<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Kristina Jarkenstedt <br /> v.<br /> Daniela Kix <br /> 36 67<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Hanna Nooni <br /> v.<br /> Christina Schiechtl <br /> 46 26<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Kristina Jarkenstedt / Hanna Nooni <br /> v.<br /> Daniela Kix / Jenny Zika <br /> 26 57<br /> </font><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <font color=lime><br /> <br /> GROUP TWO</font><br /> <br /> <font color=red><br /> <br /> Russia (3)</font> <br /> <font color=lime><br /> Def.<br /> Uzbekistan<br /> 3-0 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br />

<br /> No.2</font><br /> <font color=red>Anna Bastrikova </font><br /> <font color=lime><br /> v.<br /> Akgul Amanmuradova <br /> 36 62 60 <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br /> <br />No.1</font><br /><font color=red> Vera Zvonareva </font><br /> <font color=lime><br /> v.<br /> Ivanna Israilova <br /> 61 60 <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br /> <br />Doubles</font><br /> <font color=red>Anna Bastrikova / Svetlana Kuznetsova </font><br /> <font color=lime><br /> v.<br /> Ivanna Israilova / Varvara Lepchenko <br /> 60 75 <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <br /> <br /> <br />Mexico<br /> Lost to<br /> Hungary (6)<br /> 1-2<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Maria Jose Lopez Herrera <br /> v.<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos <br /> 36 46<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Melissa Torres <br /> v.<br /> Virag Nemeth <br /> 26 60 57<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Maria Jose Lopez Herrera / Melissa Torres <br /> v.<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos / Ildiko Csordas <br /> 76 63</font>

<font color=skyblue><br /> <br /> GROUP THREE<br /> <br /> Argentina (4)<br /> Def.<br /> Uruguay<br /> 3-0<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Maria Jose Argeri <br /> v.<br /> Estefania Craciun <br /> 60 62<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Gisela Dulko <br /> v.<br /> Lucia Migliarini <br /> 63 61<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Maria Jose Argeri / Gisela Dulko <br /> v.<br /> Estefania Craciun / Lucia Migliarini <br /> 64 62<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Canada<br /> Lost to<br /> USA (5)<br /> 0-3<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Beier Ko <br /> v.<br /> Amber Liu<br /> 16 46<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Melanie Marois <br /> v.<br /> Ashley Harkleroad<br /> 36 36<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Diane Srebrovic / Melanie Marois <br /> v.<br /> Ashley Harkleroad / Bethanie Mattek <br /> 36 36<br /> </font><br /> <br /> <br /> <font color=pink> GROUP FOUR<br /> <br /> Slovak Rep. (2)<br /> Def.<br /> Algeria<br /> 3-0<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Lubomira Kurhajcova <br /> v.<br /> Sana Ben Salah <br /> 60 60<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Lenka Dlhopolcova <br /> v.<br /> Feriel Esseghir <br /> 62 61<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Lubomira Kurhajcova / Dominika Nociarova <br /> v.<br /> Feriel Esseghir / Assia Halo <br /> 64 64<br /> <br /> <br /> Korea<br /> Lost to<br /> Croatia (7)<br /> 1-2<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> So Jung Kim <br /> v.<br /> Karolina Sprem <br /> 57 26<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Yoo Mi Jung <br /> v.<br /> Matea Mezak <br /> 26 16<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Yoo Mi Jung / So Jung Kim <br /> v.<br /> Daria Jurak / Matea Mezak <br /> 75 63<br /> </font><br /> <br />In the Connolly Continental Cup top seeded Czech Republic made an impressive start to their campaign to make a clean sweep of titles this year, having already captured the U14 World Junior Tennis and U16 NEC World Youth Cup titles. In their 3-0 defeat of Brazil they only lost 10 games.

Sixth seeded Hungary secured victory over Mexico after the singles but only after Group A Super Junior Japan title holder, Virag Nemeth, was pushed to three sets by Mexico’s Melissa Torres.

Ashley Harkleroad continued her unbeaten record in this competition by defeating Canada’s Melanie Marois 63 63. USA made an impressive start to defending their title with a 3-0 win over Canada.

Matches will resume on Tuesday at 9.30 a.m. when seeded teams will face the other unseeded team in their round robin group. Seeded teams in the same group are scheduled to meet on Wednesday.

[ December 03, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>

Dec 4th, 2001, 02:49 AM
PHEW !!!!!! Resting Svetlana nearly backfired but Anna came back after a wake up call <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

well done girls <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Mexico ........ should have won <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Dec 4th, 2001, 03:29 AM
Maria Jose <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Melissa so close <img src="mad.gif" border="0">

at least doubles but not enough <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Randy H
Dec 4th, 2001, 03:45 AM
well done to the Austrians, and Slovaks, as well as the players who I like on other teams who won their matches <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

too bad for Mexico, and Canada <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Dec 4th, 2001, 04:17 AM
Vamos Argentina!<br />Too bad we had to face Uruguay. I feel bad when it happens in any sport, since I feel like if we are the same country.

Well done, girls, and now let's beat USA and Canada!

Best of luck to Uruguay, too, but i don't think they have many chances, it's a very difficult group.

Dec 4th, 2001, 03:18 PM
Go Team Russia! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Dec 4th, 2001, 05:14 PM
Does the Continental Cup have its own website?

Dec 4th, 2001, 05:27 PM
no official site , Only info is from ITF

Junior Tennis hasn't updated<br /> <br /> neither has Tennis Information

Dec 4th, 2001, 09:01 PM
Great job USA, esp. Ashley <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Also good job to Czech Republic and Slovakia!

Dec 4th, 2001, 11:38 PM
Czech Republic def. Sweden 3-0 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Petra Cetkovska [CZE] def. Kristina Jarkenstedt [SWE] 6-0 6-4 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Barbora Strykova [CZE] def. Hanna Nooni [SWE] 6-2 1-6 6-3 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Birnerova/Cetkovska [CZE] def. Jarkenstedt/Papadopolou [SWE] 3-6 6-3 6-3 <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Brazil def. Austria 2-1

Jenny Zika [AUT] def. Larissa Carvalho [BRA] 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-4

Maria Fernanda Alves [BRA] def. Christina Schiechtl [AUT] 7-6 (1) 6-0

Alves/Sono [BRA] def. Kix/Zika [AUT] 6-0 2-6 6-3

Dec 4th, 2001, 11:42 PM
Russia def. Mexico 3-0 <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

Vera Zvonareva [RUS] def. Maria Jose Lopez-Herrera [MEX] 6-4 6-2 <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Svetlana Kuznetsova [RUS] def. Melissa Torres [MEX] 6-2 6-3 <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

Bastrikova/Zvonareva [RUS] def. Lopez-Herrera/Torres [MEX] 6-1 7-5 <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Hungary def. Uzbekistan 3-0

Zsusana Babos [HUN] def. Varvara Lepchenko [UZB] 6-4 6-3

Virag Nemeth [HUN] def. Ivana Israilova 6-1 6-2

Csordas/Nemeth [HUN] def. Amanmuradova/Lepchenko [UZB] 7-5 4-6 6-2

Dec 4th, 2001, 11:46 PM
Argentina def. Canada 2-1

Maria Jose Argeri [ARG] def. Diana Srebrovic [CAN] 6-2 6-4

Gisela Dulko [ARG] def. Melanie Marois [CAN] 6-2 7-5

Marois/Srebrovic [CAN] def. Argeri/Dulko [ARG] 6-4 2-6 6-3

USA def. Uruguay 2-1

Estefania Cracium [URU] def. Bethanie Mattek [USA] 2-2ret.

Ashley Harkleroad [USA] def. Agustina Arechavaleta [URU] 6-3 6-0

Harkleroad/Liu [USA] def. Cracium/Migliarini [URU] 6-0 6-1

Dec 4th, 2001, 11:50 PM
Slovak Rep. def. Korea 3-0

Lubomira Kurhajcova [SVK] def. So Jun Kim [KOR] 6-0 6-0 <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

Lenka Dlhopolcova [SVK] def. Yoo Min Jung [KOR] 6-3 6-1

Dlhopolcova/Kurhajcova [SVK] def. Jung/Kim [KOR] 6-1 6-2

Croatia def. Algeria

Karolina Sprem [CRO] def. Sana Ben Salah [ALG] 6-0 6-0 <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

Matea Mezak [CRO] def. Feriel Esseghir [ALG] 6-1 6-7(5) 6-1

Jurak/Sprem [CRO] def. Halo/Salah [ALG] 6-1 6-3

Dec 5th, 2001, 01:08 AM
Great win Ashley <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />I hope Bethanie is ok. Go USA!!<br />Good job Petra too!

Randy H
Dec 5th, 2001, 02:40 AM
easy tie again for Slovakia, well done <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

too bad for Canada, another loss...Have to beat Uruguay if they want to finish top 12 at least. Nice to see them win a match though.

Martian KC
Dec 5th, 2001, 02:41 AM
Go Czech Rep, Austria, Russia, Argentina, and Slovak Rep!!!!

Dec 5th, 2001, 03:16 AM
well done girls <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

tomorrow is the clincher in all 4 groups.

Go Team Russia !!!!!!!!

Dec 5th, 2001, 03:29 AM
Bethanie has an ankle injury so its not looking too good.<br /> If she had to retire at 2-2 its serious

<br />http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI1_04122001-234839-Full.JPG

Hanna Nooni and Nathalia Papadopolou relax listening to music

Dec 5th, 2001, 04:23 AM
im pulling for petra( <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> ) and the czechs. but go anna b. sexy lad-eh <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />

Dec 5th, 2001, 06:14 AM
Well done girls. Now let's go beat USA.<br />Too bad for Uruguay.

Dec 5th, 2001, 02:44 PM
<img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> @ korea!

i was hoping they would surprise me but not to be!

they better beat algeria and gain some respect! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

if da-jung hong was playin... they'd THRASH slovak! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Dec 5th, 2001, 05:26 PM
I just talked to someone courtside at the USA-Argenina match. Its not looking good for USA. Amber lost at no.2 and Ashley is up 4-3 in second set after losing 6-3 in first. Bethanie is Questionable for Dbls. play. Miracle comback is needed.

Dec 5th, 2001, 05:48 PM
you got any other news of other matches ?<br />

Amber lost to Maria Jose Argeri .... wow

go Gisela !!!!!!!

Dec 5th, 2001, 08:08 PM
I know Ashley won in 3. Great effort! Amber and Ashley will play dbls. Chek team won.

Dec 5th, 2001, 08:31 PM
Yes!! Great win Ashley <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Prove the doubters wrong!!! Please win the doubles!

Dec 5th, 2001, 09:30 PM
I just heard from a source that the US girls lost their doubles match...AHHHHHHHHHH <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Dec 5th, 2001, 09:39 PM
WOOHOO to Argentina. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Dec 5th, 2001, 10:17 PM
<img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> Vamos Argentina!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Dec 6th, 2001, 12:15 AM

Kristina Jarkenstedt (SWE) def. Larissa Carvalho (BRA) 5-7; 7-5; 6-3 <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="mad.gif" border="0">

Maria Fernanda Alves (BRA) def. Hanna Nooni (SWE) 7-6(4); 6-2 <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<font size="4">BRA - 1 / 1 - SWE <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> </font>

Larissa Carvalho / Maria Fernanda Alves (BRA) def. Hana Nooni / Kristina Jarkenstedt 6-0; 6-3.

<font size="5" color="yellow">LET'S GO BRAZILIAN GIRLS! VAMOS GAROTAS! YEEEES!!!!</font>

[ December 05, 2001: Message edited by: Caio Braz ]</p>

Dec 6th, 2001, 12:43 AM
***************** does not have updated doubles results for a few of the matches. does anyone know whats going on? particularly czech republic. petra did not play today, but still the czech girls won. yay, that kept me hanging on to my last thread of sanity with olgas recent results.

Dec 6th, 2001, 01:20 AM
Nanda is saving the team <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <br />Vamos garotas!!!!!

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:43 AM
GROUP ONE<br /> <br /> <br />Court 1<br /> Czech Republic (1) d. Austria (8) 2-1<br /> <br />No.2 Barbora Strycova d. Jenny Zika 62 62<br /> <br />No.1 Eva Birnerova d. Daniela Kix 62 62<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Eva Birnerova / Petra Cetkovska v. Daniela Kix / Jenny Zika 67(3) 46<br /> <br />Court 15<br /> Brazil d.. Sweden 2-1<br /> <br />No.2 Larissa Carvalho v. Kristina Jarkenstedt 75 57 36<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Maria Fernanda Alves v. Hanna Nooni 76(4) 62<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Larissa Carvalho / Maria Fernanda Alves v. Kristina Jarkenstedt / Nathalia Papadopolou 60 63

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:46 AM
GROUP TWO<br /> <br />Court 5<br /><font color=red> Russia (3) </font> d. Hungary (6) 3-0 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.2<br /><font color=red>[b] Vera Zvonareva </font> v. Zsuzsanna Babos 62 63 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.1<br /> <font color=red>[b] Svetlana Kuznetsova </font> v. Virag Nemeth 75 63 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />Doubles<br /><font color=red>[b] Anna Bastrikova / Vera Zvonareva </font> v. Zsuzsanna Babos / Virag Nemeth 61 62 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br /> <br /> <br />Court 12<br /> Uzbekistan lost to Mexico 0-3<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Varvara Lepchenko v. Maria Jose Lopez Herrera 26 36<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Akgul Amanmuradova v. Melissa Torres 36 16<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Akgul Amanmuradova / Varvara Lepchenko v. Maria Jose Lopez Herrera / Melissa Torres 16 36

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:48 AM
GROUP THREE<br /> <br />Court 10 <br /> Argentina (4) d. USA (5) 2-1<br /> <br />No. 2<br />Maria Jose Argeri v. Amber Liu 76(5) 62<br /> <br />No.1 <br />Gisela Dulko v. Ashley Harkleroad 63 46 36<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Maria Jose Argeri / Gisela Dulko v. Amber Liu / Ashley Harkleroad 62 76(2)<br /> <br /> <br />Court 14<br /> Uruguay lost to Canada 0-3<br /> <br />No. 2 Estefania Craciun v. Beier Ko 26 63 16<br /> <br />No.1 Lucia Migliarini v. Melanie Marois 16 16<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Estefania Craciun / Agustina Arechavaleta v.<br />Melanie Marois / Diane Srebrovic 26 16

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:49 AM
GROUP FOUR<br /> <br />Court 6 <br /> Slovak Rep. (2) lost to Croatia (7) 0-3<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Lubomira Kurhajcova v. Karolina Sprem 06 63 36<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Lenka Dlhopolcova v. Matea Mezak 62 36 46<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Lubomira Kurhajcova / Lenka Dlhopolcova v. Matea Mezak / Karolina Sprem 36 16<br /> <br /> <br />Court 16<br /> Algeria lost to Korea 1-2<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Sana Ben Salah v. Seul Ki Chin 57 46<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Feriel Esseghir v. Yoo Mi Jung 75 60<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Sana Ben Salah / Feriel Esseghir v. Yoo Mi Jung / So Jung Kim 62 46 06

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:52 AM
well done girls <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

great stuff <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

even better .... Slovaks and USA out of the way.

dangerous Czechs and Croatia left along with Argentina

In the Girls' competition, Czech Republic continued their strong form by storming through the singles against Austria 62 62 in both matches. They did not have it all their way as they lost their first rubber of the competition in doubles. They will face Russia in tomorrow's semi-finals who today defeated Hungary.

Svetlana Kuznetsova commented "It was tough to play today , I could have won easier but my head wasn't working properly. Tomorrow I play Eva Birnerova, I lost to her in Japan so I want to win. It will be very important that I turn on my head!".

Argentina had a struggle against defending Champions, USA. Amber Liu started strongly in the first singles and raced away to a 5-1 lead before Argentine Maria Jose Argeri found her form and pulled back to take the set on the tie break and raced away with the second 62. Gisela Dulko and Ashley Harkleroad are use to being on the same side of the net not the opposite as they have played doubles together for most of this year and captured the Wimbledon title in July. Dulko started well taking the first the set 63, but Harkleroad drew on past experience in this competition to take the following two sets 64 63. In the doubles Argentina ran away with the first set and despite having opportunities in the second, USA couldn't turn the match around and lost the rubber and tie 62 76 (2).

Argentina's Captain, Luciano Benincasa, was delighted with the result and commented: "I am very happy with the way the girls played today, Maria Jose Argeri played very well, the match between Gisela and Ashley was much more of a mental one as they know each other's game so well. Gisela in her match started off very well but made a few mistakes and lost her confidence which Ashley capitalised on, I feel that Gisela lost the match rather that Ashley won it. After losing the singles I am really pleased with her attitude that she got herself back to together to win in the doubles. I didn't feel that the US girls bonded as a team whereas Maria Jose and Gisela worked really well together".

Tomorrow Argentina will face Croatia who today overcame 2nd seeds Slovak Republic. Karolina Sprem defeated Lubomira Kurhajcova 60 36 63 and Matea Mezak defeated Lenka Dlhopolcova 26 63 64. Croatia finished off a perfect day by winning the doubles 63 61

Dec 6th, 2001, 02:53 AM

Gisela Dulko, Maria Jose Argeri and team captain Luciano Benincasa


Uruguay girls team

Randy H
Dec 6th, 2001, 03:17 AM
well done Canada, at least they won't be in last, lol. If they can beat Korea then at least they can finish 9th or 10th which is where they were at least year anyway. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Disappointing that Slovakia could get past Croatia, Kurhajcova should have beaten Sprem really. Even more disappointed Lenka lost, but I do like Matea a lot, so I'm happy for her <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Nice to see Mexico end on a good note <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> also hope Eva's knees are doing alright, she's going to have to be in solid form to have a chance against Kuznetsova.

Dec 6th, 2001, 11:48 AM
Argentina was fortunate Bethanie Mattek was injured--I think the results would have been much different with her in the line-up.

Dec 7th, 2001, 12:48 AM
since eva stole kaias ranking i havent been pulling for her, since i really like svetlana, i dont know what to do. but i have to PRAY for the czechs because i love petra <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> . GOOO PETRA!! and what happened in doubles, how could they lose to anyone but olga puchkova/any one of her partners?????

Dec 7th, 2001, 02:41 AM
Rain wipes out play in Key Biscayne

<br />Thursday 6 December 2001

http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI1_06122001-223137-Full.JPGCroatia Girls Team shelter from the rain

http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI2_06122001-223137-Full.JPG<br />Maria Jose Lopez, Melanie Marois and Melissa Torres

<br />so no rest day between semi/final now <br />semis friday , with final SAT.

Also means that the other teams will be playing their playoffs instead of watching the final

the cat
Dec 7th, 2001, 04:23 PM
Why don't they ever have a photo of the Russian girls?

Dec 8th, 2001, 02:46 AM

<br /> MAIN DRAW<br /> <br /> <br />Court 9<br /> Czech Republic (1)<br /> lost to<br /> <font color=red>Russia (3) </font><br /> 0-2 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.2<br /> Barbora Strycova v. <font color=red>[b]Vera Zvonareva </font> 26 67(5) <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.1<br /> Eva Birnerova v. <font color=red>[b]Svetlana Kuznetsova</font> 26 26 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Petra Cetkovska / Eva Birnerova v. Anna Bastrikova / Vera Zvonareva <br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br />Court 10<br /> Argentina (4) lost to Croatia (7) 0-2<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Maria Jose Argeri v. Karolina Sprem 36 63 68<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Gisela Dulko v. Matea Mezak 75 46 46<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Maria Jose Argeri / Gisela Dulko v. Matea Mezak / Karolina Sprem<br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 5th - 8th Place Play Offs<br /> <br />Court 5 <br /> Hungary (6) d. Brazil 2-0<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos v. Larissa Carvalho 64 62<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Virag Nemeth v. Maria Fernanda Alves 60 61<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos / Virag Nemeth v. Larissa Carvalho / Maria Fernanda Alves <br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br />Court 6<br /> Slovak Republic (2) lost to USA (5) 0-2<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Dominika Nociarova v. Amber Liu 16 16<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Lenka Dlhopolcova v. Ashley Harkleroad 16 16<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Lenka Dlhopolcova / Lubomira Kurhajcova v. Ashley Harkleroad / Amber Liu <br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 9th - 12th Place Play Offs<br /> <br />Court 7<br /> Austria (8) lost to Mexico 0-2<br /> <br />No. 2 <br /> Jenny Zika v. Maria Jose Lopez Herrera <br /> 16 61 67(10)<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Daniela Kix v. Melissa Torres 46 63 67(3) <br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Jenny Zika / Daniela Kix v. Melissa Torres / Maria Jose Lopez Herrera <br /> <br /> <br />Court 8<br /> Canada d. Korea 2-1<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Beier Ko v. Seul Ki Chin 57 36<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Diane Srebrovic v. Yoo Mi Jung 06 63 76(3)<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Diane Srebrovic / Melanie Marois v. Yoo Mi Jung / So Jung Kim 61 62<br /> <br /> <br /> 13th - 16th Place Play Offs<br /> <br />Court 13<br /> Sweden d. Uzbekistan 2-1<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Nathalia Papadopolou v. Akgul Amanmuradova 63 67(4) 67(3)<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Hanna Nooni v. Ivanna Israilova 61 62<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Hanna Nooni / Kristina Jarkenstedt v. Akgul Amanmuradova / Varvara Lepchenko 46 63 76(4)<br /> <br /> <br />Court 14<br /> Uruguay d. Algeria 2-1<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Estefania Craciun v. Sana Ben Salah 62 64<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Agustina Arechavaleta v. Feriel Esseghir 64 36 67(6) <br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Estefania Craciun / Agustina Arechavaleta v. Feriel Esseghir / Assia Halo 61 62

Dec 8th, 2001, 02:48 AM
Well done girls <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />sweet revenge for Sveta and Vera <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

both series tied 1-1 now.

<br />The Russian girls advanced to their fifth ITF Connolly Continental Cup final in 7 years with a 2-0 sweep of top seeded Czech Republic in a match that featured four of the top 11 players in the world. In the opening rubber of the tie, No. 10-ranked Vera Zvonareva defeated No. 11 Barbora Strycova 62 76 (5). No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova pulled closer to top-ranked Eva Birnerova with a 62 62 triumph that not only sealed the victory for her country but also avenged the defeat she suffered to Birnerova at the Coca Cola Super Japan. Svetlana commented after her match " I am very happy, I still don't realise that I won so easily. I played very well, I kept my concentration during the whole match, I did everything that I wanted to do. I just didn't give her a chance of her to play. I don't mind who we play in the final, I just want to play how I played today".

Croatia reached their first ITF Connolly Continental Cup final by defeating three-time champion Argentina, 2-0, in the other semi-final. Both singles matches went to a decisive third set as Karolina Sprem edged Maria Jose Argeri, 63 36 86 and Matea Mezak defeated Gisela Dulko 57 64 64. Matea commented "We are surprised, we didn't expect to be in the final and now we are happy, we still can't believe it. Tomorrow we are going to rent a limousine to bring us to the courts in the morning, it is a promise from our coach. Now we are wondering if we win what is the next surprise from our coach. I have played against Svetlana twice and we are 1-1, Karolina has played Zvonareva only once and beaten her. We want to thank our coach, he a legend!".<br />

<br />http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI1_08122001-005636-Full.JPG

Russian Girls' Team


Russian Boys' and Girls' Team<br />

go Team Russia and clean the titles up <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

boys in final too !!!!!!!

Dec 8th, 2001, 02:50 AM
good job, Russian girls!!!!!

do they get points towards their individual ranking?

Dec 8th, 2001, 02:57 AM
yep they get points as well <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

its category C

#1 player gets more pts for her win

Dec 8th, 2001, 03:19 AM
Ouch, girls, so close.

But never mind, it was a good tournament.

Randy H
Dec 8th, 2001, 07:12 AM
well, congrats to the Russian and Croatian squad <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> have to cheer on Croatia though since Matea is my fave of all the players in the final, but I'll be happy if Vera can do well too since she's had a bit of a weaker year than I hoped for.

Slovakia, what a rotten tie against the USA <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Happy Canada and Mexico both won their ties, gutsy efforts to finish top 10, well done <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Martian KC
Dec 8th, 2001, 12:30 PM
Congrats to Russia and Croatia!!!

the cat
Dec 8th, 2001, 02:39 PM
I have found a story from the Miami Herald on the Russian boys and Russian girls teams making the finals in both team events. The article is located at <a href="http://www.miami.com/herald/content/sports/tennis/dicdocs/107939.htm" target="_blank">www.miami.com/herald/content/sports/tennis/dicdocs/107939.htm</a>

Dec 8th, 2001, 02:46 PM
Ashley beat Lenka 1 and 1?!!!! Wow! This has been a great tournament for her. Good luck in the 5th place match , and in the Orange Bowl <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 8th, 2001, 04:02 PM
congrats to all teams. they should have atleast played the doubles match for fun <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Dec 9th, 2001, 03:29 AM
OMG!!!!! What a bad way to end this tournament to Brazil!!!!!!<br />Alves disappointed against Nemeth<br /> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />

Dec 9th, 2001, 04:14 AM
<font size=4> Russians take both titles </font>

<br />Saturday 8 December 2001<br />

Russia made a clean sweep of the ITF Sunshine Cup and Connolly Continental Cup titles today at Key Biscayne. Russian girls have an exception record in the Connolly Continental Cup, this is their 4th title since 1995. Russia Boys have not won this title since 1990 when Andrei Medvedev led the team to victory under the USSR flag.

In the Girls' Final Croatian Karolina Sprem was unable to find answers against Vera Zvonareva falling 75 62, Zvonareva was delighted to win "when I played Karolina before I lost, today was different I was playing for my team and country and it was important that we started 1-0. It was a tough first set but I won 7-5 and it gave me confidence and the second was easier". In a dramatic second singles Croatian Matea Mezak took the first set against Svetlana Kuznetsova 63 and served for the match at 54 in the second set but Kuznetsova raised her game, broke back and went on to take the set 75. In the third set Kuznetsova raced to a 5-2 lead but was unable to close out until her fourth match point at 6-5. Kuznetsova commented "I was very scared when I came to the court but when I lost the first set I understood that I cannot lose this match. I was nervous because I had lost 2 major finals before this tournament, Roland Garros and US Open, so it was important to me to win this final".

The Russian boys' took on Argentina, Luciano Vitullo started strongly taking the first set 63 but Igor Andreev managed to level the match at one set a piece and was ahead 4-0 when Vitullo was forced to retire with cramps, the final score 36 62 4-0 ret.. Andreev commented "At the beginning I was a little bit nervous, he could break my serve. The game changed in my favour at the beginning of the second set when I broke his serve, it gave me more confidence and power. In the third set, despite the score line the games were very difficult, the points were long but I won the most important points and then at 3-0 he started to cramp and retired at 4-0".

Brian Dabul did his best to fight off the tall Russian Pavel Ivanov but was overpowered from all corners of the court and went down fighting 61 76(4). "At the beginning of the match it was much easier to play knowing that the team were 1-0 up and in the beginning of the game I was pretty sure that our team would win, I feel very good now. This is very important for Russia and important for our tennis careers, it's cool."

Third places were captured by the Germany Boys' team who defeated Mexico 2-1 and in the girls, Czech Republic, who defeated Argentina also 2-1.


<br />Victorious Russian Boys' and Girls' Team<br /> <br /> http://www.itfjuniors.com/assets/html/news/newsimages/full/MI3_09122001-002612-Full.JPG

Russian Girls' Team


Top 3 placed Girls' teams

Dec 9th, 2001, 04:21 AM

<br /> FINAL<br /> <br />Court 1<br /><font color=red> Russia (3) </font> d. Croatia (7) 2-0 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.2<br /><font color=red>[b] Vera Zvonareva </font> v. Karolina Sprem 75 62 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="" /> <br /> <br />No.1<br /><font color=red>[b] Svetlana Kuznetsova </font> v. Matea Mezak 36 75 75 <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Anna Bastrikova / Vera Zvonareva v. Karolina Sprem / Matea Mezak <br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 3rd/4th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 3<br /> Czech Republic (1) d. Argentina (4) 2-1<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Petra Cetkovska v. Maria Jose Argeri 26 57<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Eva Birnerova v. Gisela Dulko 75 64<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Petra Cetkovska / Barbora Strycova v. Maria Jose Argeri / Gisela Dulko 64 64<br /> <br /> <br /> 5th/6th Place Play-off

Court 9<br /> Hungary (6) lost to USA (5) 0-2<br /> <br />No.2<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos v. Amber Liu 06 16<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Virag Nemeth v. Ashley Harkleroad 26 16<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Zsuzsanna Babos / Virag Nemeth v. Amber Liu / Ashley Harkleroad not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 7th/8th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 6<br /> Brazil lost to Slovak Republic (2) 0-2<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Tassia Sono v. Dominika Nociarova 06 46<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Maria Fernanda Alves v. Lubomira Kurhajcova 16 46 <br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Maria Fernanda Alves / Tassia Sono v. Lubomira Kurhajcova / Lenka Dlhopolcova <br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 9th/10th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 11<br /> Mexico lost to Canada 0-2<br /> <br />No. 2 <br /> Maria Jose Lopez Herrera v. Diane Srebrovic 36 57<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Melissa Torres v. Melanie Marois 76(4) 26 67(3)<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Melissa Torres / Maria Jose Lopez Herrera v. Diane Srebrovic / Melanie Marois<br /> not played<br /> <br /> 11th/12th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 12<br /> Austria (8) d. Korea 2-0<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Jenny Zika v. So Jung Kim 7-5 64<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Daniela Kix v. Yoo Mi Jung 60 61<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Jenny Zika / Daniela Kix v. So Jung Kim / Yoo Mi Jung<br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 13th/14th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 15<br /> Sweden d. Uruguay 2-0<br /> <br />No. 2<br /> Kristina Jarkenstedt v. Agustina Arechavaleta 60 61<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Hanna Nooni v. Lucia Migliarini 36 64 76(1)<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Kristina Jarkenstedt / Nathalia Papadopolou v. Agustina Arechavaleta / Lucia Migliarini<br /> not played<br /> <br /> <br /> 15th/16th Place Play-off<br /> <br />Court 16<br /> Uzbekistan d. Algeria 2-0<br /> <br />No. 2 <br /> Varvara Lepchenko v. Assia Halo 62 61<br /> <br />No.1<br /> Akgul Amanmuradova v. Sana Ben Salah 64 63<br /> <br />Doubles<br /> Varvara Lepchenko / Akgul Amanmuradova v. Sana Ben Salah / Assia Halo<br /> not played

Dec 9th, 2001, 04:38 AM
well done girls!!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> very convincing <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Randy H
Dec 9th, 2001, 05:20 AM
well done Russia <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

glad Croatia picked up second and Czech's got third for the sake of Matea and Eva <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Nice work by Slovakia and Canada to end on a positive note <img src="smile.gif" border="0">