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cosmoose
Jan 28th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Let this thread become a dedicated Petra/Fed Cup thread.

Czech Fed Cup Team
http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_314206.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_190879.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_20576.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_310849.jpg

Does anyone know who will be in the German team?

Post all interviews, videos and photos here! :)

TimeyWimey
Jan 28th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Lisicki, Görges, Kerber, Grönefeld

Excelscior
Jan 28th, 2012, 05:12 PM
If I was Petra, I would take off Fed Cup this year, especially if it will/can conflict with Doha, Dubai, Indian Wells, which is the reason she's removed Paris Indoors in the frst place (she said it made her tired for those tournaments).

I wonder if she's doing this out of responsibility/patriotism, or cause she wants to.

Petronius
Jan 28th, 2012, 07:41 PM
If I was Petra, I would take off Fed Cup this year, especially if it will/can conflict with Doha, Dubai, Indian Wells, which is the reason she's removed Paris Indoors in the frst place (she said it made her tired for those tournaments).

I wonder if she's doing this out of responsibility/patriotism, or cause she wants to.

All year long she plays as an individual tennis player, responsible just for herself. Fedcup or Hopman cup are unique opportunities for her to play as part of a team. And yes, she's a big patriot. She's said she was very influenced in this area by the victory of the Czech ice-hockey team at the Nagano Olympics in 1998. It was the first-ever Olympics in which the best players in the world participated (all NHL stars, including Wayne Gretzky) She watched it as a 8-year old kid. I think she also has a lot of fun with other Czech girls during these Fed Cup weeks. It's also an opportunity for Kotyza and Ivanko to have some time off.

bruce goose
Jan 29th, 2012, 02:33 AM
Let this thread become a dedicated Petra/Fed Cup thread.

Czech Fed Cup Team
http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_314206.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_190879.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_20576.jpg http://www.wtatennis.com/namedImage/12781/player_310849.jpg

Does anyone know who will be in the German team?

Post all interviews, videos and photos here! :)Good idea to start a permanent Fed Cup thread,Cosmoose:hatoff:...except one is ON a team,not 'in';).....Madrealos en Alemania,Petra:bounce:!!!

cosmoose
Jan 29th, 2012, 05:11 AM
I think its good that Petra is playing Fed Cup right away.
It helps her move on from AO and look forward instead of dwelling too much on her loss to Maria.
Besides, Czech girls really do get along with each other quite famously. :)

And by skipping Paris Indoors, she will have one week off before Doha and Dubai. And another week off before Indian Wells and Miami.
Good scheduling. :)

Queen Petra Fan
Jan 29th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Lisicki, Görges, Kerber, Grönefeld

If that lineup is all the Germs can muster, then I think the Czech chicks have an excellent chance to win. :cool:

Thank you Queen Petra and squad for representing CZ.

Do toho holky!!!

cosmoose
Jan 29th, 2012, 03:26 PM
If that lineup is all the Germs can muster, then I think the Czech chicks have an excellent chance to win. :cool:

Thank you Queen Petra and squad for representing CZ.

Do toho holky!!!
German team impresses me.
3 singles players are in top 30.

I think Petra can defeat both Sabine and Julia.
But Iveta might lose both of her matches.
So the tie will probably be decided by the doubles match.

Excelscior
Jan 29th, 2012, 04:21 PM
@QPF

That looks like a good team to me. Shrugs.

There's no guarantee that Lucie could beat Georges or Lisicki (all head cases, with Lisicki being more talented), if Petra goes off one match.

bruce goose
Jan 29th, 2012, 04:40 PM
If that lineup is all the Germs can muster, then I think the Czech chicks have an excellent chance to win. :cool:

Thank you Queen Petra and squad for representing CZ.

Do toho holky!!!QPF,sometimes you're like one of those heel wrestling commentators that automatically bad-mouths the hero and cheers all the villains:lol:...at least you're on Petra's:hearts: side,though,so we don't have to go to war with you

mac47
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Petra's photo looks so beautiful. Prettier even than BZS and Iveta.

bruce goose
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Yeah,it's a great profile pic:).....I wonder if Cosmoose is only going to alter the name of the opponent(i.e.,Lioness Petra leads her pride against ____)or invent other catchy titles along the way...either way is okay with me--it's nice to have a regular FC thread,regardless

Lisickifan84
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:33 PM
Hi :wavey:

I'll be in Stuttgart and I'm happy to see the champions from last year, especially Petra :bounce: (besides the german girls of course :) )
I think it is no surprise, that I favor a victory for Germany ;)
But it will be very hart to win. Let's see.


Some of you will be in Stuttgart?

Petronius
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:39 PM
Hi :wavey:

I'll be in Stuttgart and I'm happy to see the champions from last year, especially Petra :bounce: (besides the german girls of course :) )
I think it is no surprise, that I favor a victory for Germany ;)
But it will be very hart to win. Let's see.


Some of you will be in Stuttgart?

I'm thinking about going (but I'll probably go skiing to the mountains instead :lol:). Is the venue easily accessible from the center of Stuttgart and do you know the ticket price and the capacity of the arena ? Do you think it will be sold out ?

I've also heard that Stuttgart has great Porsche and Mercedes museums. Could you recommend some non-tennis activity?

Thanx a lot.

Lisickifan84
Jan 29th, 2012, 06:54 PM
I'm thinking about going (but I'll probably go skiing to the mountains instead :lol:). Is the venue easily accessible from the center of Stuttgart and do you know the ticket price and the capacity of the arena ? Do you think it will be sold out ?

I've also heard that Stuttgart has great Porsche and Mercedes museums. Could you recommend some non-tennis activity?

Thanx a lot.

I'm not from Stuttgart. I'm faster in the Czech Republic than in Stuttgart :lol:

Tickets (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/saalplan.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&language=de&veranstnr=44421&from=2&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0&md5=a3aac0fe632b6003f846dc72ea505067&expires=1327866257)
(only in german, sorry)

You can see, there are only a few tickets left. (yellow)

I've payed 40€ for the entire weekend. One day costs now 10-25€ --> look Saturday (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/veranst.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&hb=true&from=2&language=de&veranstnr=44421&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0#)

Sunday (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/veranst.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&hb=true&from=2&language=de&veranstnr=44434&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0)

Petronius
Jan 29th, 2012, 07:07 PM
I'm not from Stuttgart. I'm faster in the Czech Republic than in Stuttgart :lol:

Tickets (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/saalplan.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&language=de&veranstnr=44421&from=2&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0&md5=a3aac0fe632b6003f846dc72ea505067&expires=1327866257)
(only in german, sorry)

You can see, there are only a few tickets left. (yellow)

I've payed 40€ for the entire weekend. One day costs now 10-25€ --> look Saturday (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/veranst.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&hb=true&from=2&language=de&veranstnr=44421&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0#)

Sunday (http://www.easyticketserviceapplet.de/jsp_ets_shop/veranst.jsp?mandant=001&kassierer=web&hb=true&from=2&language=de&veranstnr=44434&auftragsnr=0&auftragscode=0)

Thanks, my German sucks. You are from Bayern or from Sachsen ?

As for tennis, sorry to say, but you will probably lose. :shrug: Petra is the best indoor player in the world and our doubles team is great. Iveta may also cause an upset.

BTW, Sabine looked great in that recent TV commercial :yeah:

Lisickifan84
Jan 29th, 2012, 07:39 PM
I'm from "Sachsen" :lol:

Yeah probably, but if Sabine can play her best, maybe there is a chance to win against Petra. Petra and Sabine should have no problems with the second player. So at the end the double will be the key to win the whole game.

18majors
Jan 29th, 2012, 07:41 PM
I'm from "Sachsen" :lol:

Yeah probably, but if Sabine can play her best, maybe there is a chance to win against Petra. Petra and Sabine should have no problems with the second player. So at the end the double will be the key to win the whole game.

Sabine and Petra has to be one of the best match-up's in WTA right now.

mac47
Jan 29th, 2012, 07:54 PM
Sabine vs. Petra is all about the second serves. Petra has the best in the WTA. Sabine doesn't.

mac47
Jan 29th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Big scar on BZS' forehead. Suppose she whacked herself with her racquet?

Petronius
Jan 29th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Big scar on BZS' forehead. Suppose she whacked herself with her racquet?

For me the biggest "scar" was her performance vs. Serena. She was one set down before the match started and looked like a frightened rookie. She admitted this after the match and was angry with herself, because the second set showed her that Serena was vulnerable. Makarova then finished the job.

Petronius
Jan 29th, 2012, 08:47 PM
I'm from "Sachsen" :lol:

Yeah probably, but if Sabine can play her best, maybe there is a chance to win against Petra. Petra and Sabine should have no problems with the second player. So at the end the double will be the key to win the whole game.

I agree that it could go either way. It would be boring, if one team were overwhelming favorites. TBH, Petra is probably glad that Andrea Petkovic is currently out of the business :lol: But you could also argue that the Czechs can't nominate Nicole Vaidišová, who has a 11-1 FedCup record in singles and is now wasting her talent.

TimeyWimey
Jan 29th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Sabine vs. Petra is all about the second serves. Petra has the best in the WTA. Sabine doesn't.

no surprise, even ATP today is all about second serve

bruce goose
Jan 29th, 2012, 09:56 PM
Until Petra gets a reliable 'running mate',the CR will be vulnerable against any decent team if she merely has one day off

Lisickifan84
Jan 29th, 2012, 10:14 PM
I hope the match between Sabine and Petra will be a good fighting and one set for Sabine is the maximum, that can happen, I suppose at the moment. I would be happy if Sabine plays the way she played against Sharapova ;). But you'll never know :D

I have to much time and so I created a Wallpaper :lol:

http://www.bilder-upload.eu/thumb/cb4d92-1327878638.jpg (http://www.bilder-upload.eu/show.php?file=cb4d92-1327878638.jpg)

I hope you like it :)

18majors
Jan 29th, 2012, 10:34 PM
I hope the match between Sabine and Petra will be a good fighting and one set for Sabine is the maximum, that can happen, I suppose at the moment. I would be happy if Sabine plays the way she played against Sharapova ;). But you'll never know :D

I have to much time and so I created a Wallpaper :lol:

http://www.bilder-upload.eu/thumb/cb4d92-1327878638.jpg (http://www.bilder-upload.eu/show.php?file=cb4d92-1327878638.jpg)

I hope you like it :)

Great jobs! You're very talented.

Petronius
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:15 PM
I hope the match between Sabine and Petra will be a good fighting and one set for Sabine is the maximum, that can happen, I suppose at the moment. I would be happy if Sabine plays the way she played against Sharapova ;). But you'll never know :D

I have to much time and so I created a Wallpaper :lol:

http://www.bilder-upload.eu/thumb/cb4d92-1327878638.jpg (http://www.bilder-upload.eu/show.php?file=cb4d92-1327878638.jpg)

I hope you like it :)

The poster is great! I like the "Petra-domination" pose, she will be hard to stop that's for sure. Nice collage with flags in the background.

Good luck to the German team!

bruce goose
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:22 AM
Believe it or not,my father's family has roots in Germany that they can trace back to the turn of the 19th century...the patriarch was a wagon-maker in Prussia state.Still,there are no divided loyalties here for me: It's Petra and the CR all the way:drive:!....Btw,yeah,that was a nice banner above

Barktra
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:39 AM
I like the idea we make thread for every tournament like in Venus and Serena's subforum, not just a couple of tournaments in one thread.

Lisickifan84
Jan 30th, 2012, 09:53 AM
The poster is great! I like the "Petra-domination" pose, she will be hard to stop that's for sure. Nice collage with flags in the background.

Good luck to the German team!

Thank you, good luck to the Czech team as well ;)

I have a question. Why Cetkovska and Safarova were not nominated for Fed Cup? Actually, I was glad to be able to see both players :(

Petronius
Jan 30th, 2012, 11:17 AM
I have a question. Why Cetkovska and Safarova were not nominated for Fed Cup? Actually, I was glad to be able to see both players :(

The answer is simple. The nomination was based on the performance in Australia and Kvitty and Iveta were the best players. Petra Cetkovska was injured in December and lost in the 2nd round in Melbourne, she is not in good shape. Lucie also played bad in Australia, she lost in the 1st round. So I think Iveta deservedly got the No.2 spot on the Czech team despite being lower in the rankings.

BTW, here is a cute old photo of them (with Iveta and Nicole). Lucie is a good-looking girl, but she is outshined by the rest here, IMO :lol:

http://img.aktualne.centrum.cz/122/55/1225595-tenistky.jpg

paulmara
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Destination Stuttgart
Petra will come tomorrow.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/419110_10150746217284517_290431189516_12400712_380 074157_n.jpg

Petronius
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:14 PM
Destination Stuttgart
Petra will come tomorrow.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/419110_10150746217284517_290431189516_12400712_380 074157_n.jpg

LOL, it looks like a BMW commercial.

Mynarco
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Indoors should be easy for her. Good matches to regain her confidence after that dreadful SF

mac47
Jan 30th, 2012, 01:43 PM
Oh, Petra won't have had her confidence shaken by that semi.

Excelscior
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:13 PM
[QUOTE=Petronius;20869643]The answer is simple. The nomination was based on the performance in Australia and Kvitty and Iveta were the best players. Petra Cetkovska was injured in December and lost in the 2nd round in Melbourne, she is not in good shape. Lucie also played bad in Australia, she lost in the 1st round. So I think Iveta deservedly got the No.2 spot on the Czech team despite being lower in the rankings.

BTW, here is a cute old photo of them (with Iveta and Nicole). Lucie is a good-looking girl, but she is outshined by the rest here, IMO :lol:

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Hi Petronius. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Lucie's still on the team, right?

And if Lucie did get demoted or left off of the team, I think it may of had as much/more to do with her poor performance/nerves in Moscow Fed Cup, than anything else.

Of course her Australia performance didn't help, but Lucie was dreadful in Moscow. So why not try someone different?

The Fix could of already been in. Lol

AfroIYH
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:21 PM
Oh, Petra won't have had her confidence shaken by that semi.

If her confidence is effected on the slight chance, she'll just hit the ball harder, so the game plan wont change anyway.

Excelscior
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:33 PM
If her confidence is effected on the slight chance, she'll just hit the ball harder, so the game plan wont change anyway.

Petra's not Sharapova. She would try to utilize some variety and/or go for winners first, before attempting to just hit harder. Lol

Petronius
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Hi Petronius. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Lucie's still on the team, right?

And if Lucie did get demoted or left off of the team, I think it may of had more to do with her poor performance/nerves in Moscow, than anything else.

Of course her Australia performance didn't help, but Lucie was dreadful in Moscow. So why not try someone different?

The Fix could of already been in. Lol

Yes she's now out. She played poorly both in Moscow and in Australia.

The Czech team captain always has a tough job with the nomination, this was the case even before the Moscow final. While Petra is the clear No. 1 in singles the remaining girls are basically at the same level.

According to the Monday rankings, Safarova is #28 (but is in bad shape), Cetkovska is #31(coming from an injury), Hradecka #47, Benesova #49 (best Aussie performance after Petra), Zakopalova is #51 and Strycova is #53. So the differences are pretty small.

I think the rule is whoever has been playing the best recently will be nominated regardless of the rankings or past achievements.

Excelscior
Jan 30th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Yes she's now out. She played poorly both in Moscow and in Australia.

The Czech team captain always has a tough job with the nomination, this was the case even before the Moscow final. While Petra is the clear No. 1 in singles the remaining girls are basically at the same level.

According to the Monday rankings, Safarova is #28 (but is in bad shape), Cetkovska is #31(coming from an injury), Hradecka #47, Benesova #49 (best Aussie performance after Petra), Zakopalova is #51 and Strycova is #53. So the differences are pretty small.


I think the rule is whoever has been playing the best recently will be nominated regardless of the rankings or past achievements.


That's what it is right there.

Lucy was dreadful during the last Fed Cup (which is what I meant the first time when I said "Moscow") and Australian Open. I think they just wanted to try a change.

plokploky
Jan 30th, 2012, 04:06 PM
Can't wait for petra domination again(hopefully). Also can't wait for hradecka to play. Two of absolute favorites playing:woohoo:

lupojohn
Jan 30th, 2012, 04:15 PM
I like what the Czechs did with their team. Obviously, Petra's the anchor, but if Iveta plays singles, she doesn't have to play doubles, but Zahalavova Strycova is her normal doubles partner, so they could, or they could pair Zahlavova Strycova with Hradecka. They could also pair Hradecka with either Iveta or Zahlavova Strycova or Iveta, and even though Hlavackova is Hradecka's normal doubles partner, this gives them more flexibility.

cosmoose
Jan 30th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Andrea Hlavackova should have replaced Bara beause:

1. Bara's usual doubles partner is playing singles.
2. Andrea and Lucie H won French Open doubles last year and reached AO semi this year.

Petronius
Jan 30th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Andrea Hlavackova should have replaced Bara beause:

1. Bara's usual doubles partner is playing singles.
2. Andrea and Lucie H won French Open doubles last year and reached AO semi this year.

The real reason why Andrea was not nominated is that she's too busy

http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Andrea+Hlavackova+Rogers+Cup+Preview+CVuJJZYzM4Ml. jpg

But seriously, agreed. Some people at tennisportal.cz are also surprised by the decision. They had also won Auckland and were on a 9-match winning streak before the Melbourne semis. BTW, Andrea was one of the commentators in the Czech TV studio during the Moscow Fed Cup final so she also kind of participated in the match :lol:

Queen Petra Fan
Jan 30th, 2012, 06:49 PM
QPF,sometimes you're like one of those heel wrestling commentators that automatically bad-mouths the hero and cheers all the villains:lol:...at least you're on Petra's:hearts: side,though,so we don't have to go to war with you

Always remember Bruce (and others),it's all in jest! I just like playing with words and pushing people's buttons. No harm or bad will intended. ;)

If anyone's offended, don't get mad; get even! :lol:

Rovegun
Jan 31st, 2012, 05:31 PM
The answer is simple. The nomination was based on the performance in Australia and Kvitty and Iveta were the best players. Petra Cetkovska was injured in December and lost in the 2nd round in Melbourne, she is not in good shape. Lucie also played bad in Australia, she lost in the 1st round. So I think Iveta deservedly got the No.2 spot on the Czech team despite being lower in the rankings.

BTW, here is a cute old photo of them (with Iveta and Nicole). Lucie is a good-looking girl, but she is outshined by the rest here, IMO :lol:

http://img.aktualne.centrum.cz/122/55/1225595-tenistky.jpg


how old is that photo? :lol:

being ontopic: as my compatriots said our captain has choosen the best in form team and I am satisfied with that.... I think he reckons to pick Iveta up to play one singles match and Lucie play another singles one on second day or vice versa because I can imagine if Sabine plays Lucie on first day... that would be a match of very strong serves and strokes :D

btw. Andrea always looks so stunning :hearts: it would be a pleasure to have her in the Fed Cup but it will happen one day I believe... pretty happy to be taken with her on a pic :D

Petronius
Jan 31st, 2012, 06:11 PM
how old is that photo? :lol:

You can see the date on the board behind Lucie's head: February 2008 :lol:

TimeyWimey
Jan 31st, 2012, 07:24 PM
You can see the date on the board behind Lucie's head: February 2008 :lol:

Lucie in fact did not participate in that tie against Slovakia

Rovegun
Jan 31st, 2012, 07:24 PM
You can see the date on the board behind Lucie's head: February 2008 :lol:

so then I can see only OMG Lucie :lol:

Petronius
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:04 PM
Lucie in fact did not participate in that tie against Slovakia

Who replaced her? Petra?

Rovegun
Jan 31st, 2012, 09:19 PM
Who replaced her? Petra?

just found Petra Cetkovska lost her both matches to Slovaks in 2008...

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 1st, 2012, 06:26 AM
Go Czech and Petra!:cheer: Are they the host? Indoors again?:oh:

Meelis
Feb 1st, 2012, 07:56 AM
Go Czech and Petra!:cheer: Are they the host? Indoors again?:oh:

Germans are the hosts (tie will be played in Stuttgart). Yes, it´s indoors hard again :lol:

ElusiveChanteuse
Feb 1st, 2012, 02:17 PM
:cheer:

lupojohn
Feb 1st, 2012, 03:13 PM
Obviously, being played indoors should suit Petra.

mac47
Feb 1st, 2012, 03:24 PM
When are Petra's matches? I'm in withdrawal again after AO, and need my fix of awesome Czech lioness via live stream.

Petronius
Feb 1st, 2012, 04:12 PM
When are Petra's matches? I'm in withdrawal again after AO, and need my fix of awesome Czech lioness via live stream.

Here's a perfect overview: http://www.fedcup.com/en/results/tie/details.aspx?tieId=100017591

On Saturday, the first match starts at 12:00 Central European Time, i.e. 6:00 a.m. New York
On Sunday, the show begins one hour earlier

But I still don't know who's gonna play the first match, we'll have to wait until the draw is released

Coconut91
Feb 1st, 2012, 05:19 PM
I like what the Czechs did with their team. Obviously, Petra's the anchor, but if Iveta plays singles, she doesn't have to play doubles, but Zahalavova Strycova is her normal doubles partner, so they could, or they could pair Zahlavova Strycova with Hradecka. They could also pair Hradecka with either Iveta or Zahlavova Strycova or Iveta, and even though Hlavackova is Hradecka's normal doubles partner, this gives them more flexibility.

:confused: :lol: I'd put Hradecka on singles. She's good on indoors, no matter what happened at the AO. Big serve, big groundstrokes, she should be tougher opposition for the germans than Benesova, IMO. Barbie and Iveta are an established doubles team already, so that'd be always a good choice.

I'm excited about Petra vs. Lisicki/Goerges/Kerber :drool: Nothing like indoor to come back to her dominating ways :hearts:

centipede
Feb 1st, 2012, 05:27 PM
This is a good way for Petra to gain more confidence. Fedcup and indoors.

Excelscior
Feb 1st, 2012, 05:32 PM
Speaking about Fedcup; I have a thought.

I wonder if someone would of reminded Petra during that last failed service game at the OZ Open, that she was down 0-3 to Kuznetsova in enemy territory and came back to win the match, would she had served better?

Cause that's what Petra said happened. Petra said she was down. And Czech Fed Cup coach, Peter Paola, cheered her up by saying "its only one break", and that reminded/inspired Petra to make her comeback.

Moral of the story, never give up (especially off of that Fedcup victory)!! I thought she would of remembered that match for confidence (regardless of how many BP's she missed out on).

mac47
Feb 1st, 2012, 07:04 PM
I think if she had ever been down a break in that semi, she would have come back. Unfortunately, when she was broken, it ended the match right there with no chance for a comeback. She would have won that match if it had been best of 5.

Excelscior
Feb 1st, 2012, 07:21 PM
I think if she had ever been down a break in that semi, she would have come back. Unfortunately, when she was broken, it ended the match right there with no chance for a comeback. She would have won that match if it had been best of 5.

Petra was broken, but they were still on serve.

Petra had broken Masha earlier during the third set, then Masha broke her back.

Unfortunately, Petra got broken during her last service game, though they were on serve.

cosmoose
Feb 1st, 2012, 09:19 PM
boys and girls, let us move on from Australian Open.
Petra has moved on. We should too.
Dwelling on that loss does no one any good.

For me, I can't wait to see Petra wipe out Bine and Julia :)

18majors
Feb 1st, 2012, 09:28 PM
Can't wait to see Petra and Sabine, two of WTA's biggest hitters, dual it out.

18majors
Feb 1st, 2012, 09:28 PM
Can't wait to see Petra and Sabine, two of WTA's biggest hitters, dual it out.

cosmoose
Feb 1st, 2012, 10:30 PM
Bara's father has been arrested for drug distribution and possession. Police found 2kg of cocaine and marijuana at his house. :eek:

Is it too late to replace Bara with Andrea?

mac47
Feb 2nd, 2012, 01:06 AM
No heroin? Pot can't explain Bara's on-court behavior. Maybe the coke, then.

Barktra
Feb 2nd, 2012, 01:09 AM
Are the Germans going to do any Petra-proofing to the court? :lol:

bruce goose
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:18 AM
boys and girls, let us move on from Australian Open.
Petra has moved on. We should too.
Dwelling on that loss does no one any good.

For me, I can't wait to see Petra wipe out Bine and Julia :)Very much agree with this;Petra isn't some player who blew her last-and-best chance to win a certain title.Most of us,rightfully,believe that all four of the Slams are attainable for Petra...and that she has many more years to collect those titles:cool:

TimeyWimey
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:33 AM
boys and girls, let us move on from Australian Open.
Petra has moved on. We should too.
Dwelling on that loss does no one any good.

For me, I can't wait to see Petra wipe out Bine and Julia :)

i love cosmoose 2012 so much more than cosmoose 2011 :hearts: :lol:

AfroIYH
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:00 AM
Here's a perfect overview: http://www.fedcup.com/en/results/tie/details.aspx?tieId=100017591

On Saturday, the first match starts at 12:00 Central European Time, i.e. 6:00 a.m. New York
On Sunday, the show begins one hour earlier

But I still don't know who's gonna play the first match, we'll have to wait until the draw is released

Where's Safarova and Hradecka?

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 12:55 PM
Bara's father has been arrested for drug distribution and possession. Police found 2kg of cocaine and marijuana at his house. :eek:

Is it too late to replace Bara with Andrea?

This may be the very last Fed Cup weekend for Barbora Strycova. Not only that a short time ago her disgusting vocabulary triggered many complaints from TV viewers, but now her daddy turns out to be a money-obsessed loser who would do/sell anything to have more. According to the report, the guy lives with his wife in a luxury mansion surrounded by a steep wall in Plzeň (west CZ). What a difference from Petra's humble parents, who still live in the same modest house in Fulnek, have the same friends and neighbours and try to contribute to the local community.
This sheds a bad light on the entire Fed Cup team.

Rovegun
Feb 2nd, 2012, 03:26 PM
This may be the very last Fed Cup weekend for Barbora Strycova. Not only that a short time ago her disgusting vocabulary triggered many complaints from TV viewers, but now her daddy turns out to be a money-obsessed loser who would do/sell anything to have more. According to the report, the guy lives with his wife in a luxury mansion surrounded by a steep wall in Plzeň (west CZ). What a difference from Petra's humble parents, who still live in the same modest house in Fulnek, have the same friends and neighbours and try to contribute to the local community.
This sheds a bad light on the entire Fed Cup team.

oh mate, I wouldn´t see that so dark... I don´t think it can be so bad with our Fed Cup team reputation... it can only affect Bara but hopefully not... I think one one of the team cares about this case...

TimeyWimey
Feb 2nd, 2012, 03:45 PM
For me, I can't wait to see Petra wipe out Bine :)

btw, considering how much you love Sabine, is this really what you're hoping for?

PetraReeMona
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:04 PM
Does anyone know if is it going to be streamed please :confused:

I need to see me some Petra :drool:

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:26 PM
oh mate, I wouldn´t see that so dark... I don´t think it can be so bad with our Fed Cup team reputation... it can only affect Bara but hopefully not... I think one one of the team cares about this case...

Hopefully not, but it's always sad to hear these stories, it was actually the top story in the GM yesterday. It's really not good for the Czech team's image, when the father of one of the team members is accused of involvement in organized crime.

Here's a picture when his daughter won the Australian Open junior title. He really looks a bit like a mafia boss. I hope the Czech tennis (and other) authorities will act responsibly.

http://img.blesk.cz/img/1/normal480/1173074-img-zahlavova.jpg

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:34 PM
Does anyone know if is it going to be streamed please :confused:

I need to see me some Petra :drool:

If you're from CZ, there'll be live coverage on ČT4 !

BTW, shouldn't your name be "Petra for No. 1", she's still #2 ;)

PetraReeMona
Feb 2nd, 2012, 04:57 PM
If you're from CZ, there'll be live coverage on ČT4 !

BTW, shouldn't your name be "Petra for No. 1", she's still #2 ;)

I'm not from CZ - I just support her. She's my no. 1 - perhaps I should change it to "Petra "my" no. 1" :) plus, I'm optimist :p

As I'm not from CZ, do you still know if there will be streaming please?

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:30 PM
I'm not from CZ - I just support her. She's my no. 1 - perhaps I should change it to "Petra "my" no. 1" :) plus, I'm optimist :p

As I'm not from CZ, do you still know if there will be streaming please?

Here's an overview of TV stations that will broadcast the match. As always, the live coverage should also be available on livescorehunter.com:

SWR (Germany)
4 February: 12:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live SWR Fernsehen
5 February: 11:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live EinsPlus

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER

Czech TV (Czech Republic) CT4
4 February: 11:45-16:55 (10:45-15:55 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 10:50-17:40 (09:50-16:40 GMT) Day 2 Live

Rogers Sportsnet (Canada)
4 February: 06:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 05:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Dubai Sports (Dubai)
4 February: 15:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 14:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Neo (India)
4 February: 16:30 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 15:30 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Super Tennis (Italy)
4 February: 19:30 (18:30 GMT) Day 1 Delayed
5 February: 19:30 (18:30 GMT) Day 2 Delayed

NTV+ (Russia)
4 February: 15:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 14:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Solar (Phillipines)
4 February: 19:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 18:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Sport TV (Portugal)
4 February: 11:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live TV3
5 February: 10:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live TV3

Dolce Sport (Romania)
4 February: 13:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 12:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Starhub (Singapore)
4 February: 19:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 18:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

UBC (Thailand)
4 February: 18:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 17:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

SCTV (Vietnam)
4 February: 18:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 17:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live

Meelis
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:35 PM
Betting sites will stream it, so obviously livescorehunter, sportlemon etc. will have streams too.

cosmoose
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:39 PM
i love cosmoose 2012 so much more than cosmoose 2011 :hearts: :lol:

usually I'm fairly normal person
but cosmoose after Petra loss is someone I don't recognize ;) you better stay away from him, he is crazy! :lol:

cosmoose
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:42 PM
btw, considering how much you love Sabine, is this really what you're hoping for?
I love Sabine to bits but she should not trouble the Lioness. :)

18majors
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:45 PM
I love Sabine to bits but she should not trouble the Lioness. :)

May be, just may be, it turns out to be a competitive match; Sabine has been improving her games by leaps and bumps.

cosmoose
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:49 PM
more i think about this tie, more i'm convinced that the doubles match will be the decider.

I just have no faith that Iveta or Lucie can win an away singles against Sabine and Julia.
German girls will have the crowd behind them and they will be amped.

This will leave a HEAVY burden on Petra to win both of her singles. She could do it but its lot of pressure. It leaves her very little margin for error :(

Then we have the doubles. Will we see Bara there? if not her, then who is our doubles team?
Lot of teams bring non-roster players to Fed Cup for practice partners and to soak up the experience.
I read that Sloan Stephens is such a player for USA.
Did Czech team bring anyone? And can that player be inserted in the lineup in case Bara can't cope with her family problem?


at this moment, I think this tie will be a pick'em. Too close to call.

PetraReeMona
Feb 2nd, 2012, 06:00 PM
Thanks to everyone for your response. Cannot wait to see her again :)

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:07 PM
The draw will take place Friday, 1pm CET. Mr Pala has already picked the No. 2, but won't disclose the name until tomorrow. The Germans have invited a lefty male player as a hitting partner to brace themselves for Petra (Iveta).
The Saturday matches are sold out.

18majors
Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:11 PM
Queen Petra won't see a single empty seat!

Rovegun
Feb 2nd, 2012, 08:17 PM
Hopefully not, but it's always sad to hear these stories, it was actually the top story in the GM yesterday. It's really not good for the Czech team's image, when the father of one of the team members is accused of involvement in organized crime.

Here's a picture when his daughter won the Australian Open junior title. He really looks a bit like a mafia boss. I hope the Czech tennis (and other) authorities will act responsibly.

http://img.blesk.cz/img/1/normal480/1173074-img-zahlavova.jpg

of course, it is not a pleasant situation for our Fed Cup team but who could have expected that? I think it wouldn´t be fair to Bara to send her back home due to her father makes it embarrasing for her... it´s not our concern and she has to feel if she is ready to play for us...

on the pic he looks a mafia boss but I think there are much more influential people around tennis and maybe even closer to our favourite players then we could imagine... every sport has got its own bosses...

The draw will take place Friday, 1pm CET. Mr Pala has already picked the No. 2, but won't disclose the name until tomorrow. The Germans have invited a lefty male player as a hitting partner to brace themselves for Petra (Iveta).
The Saturday matches are sold out.

I am a bit surprised the Germans have been using a left handed hitting partner because Angie Kerber is lefty...

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 08:37 PM
Queen Petra won't see a single empty seat!

:worship:

Petronius
Feb 2nd, 2012, 08:47 PM
I am a bit surprised the Germans have been using a left handed hitting partner because Angie Kerber is lefty...

True, but there's no lefty WTA player (with all respect to Kerber) who can hit as hard as Petra so that's probably why their only option was to hire a male player :lol:
IMO, another reason is that Kerber herself needed some lefty to practice with.

Rovegun
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:20 PM
True, but there's no lefty WTA player (with all respect to Kerber) who can hit as hard as Petra so that's probably why their only option was to hire a male player :lol:
IMO, another reason is that Kerber herself needed some lefty to practice with.

what a clever guy you are:worship::D I don´t think when I am writing... so I agree with you, who could Kerber herself practise with when she´s lefty :D maybe she could play against a wall :D not seriously there can be a good reason from Germans to use a male hitting partner due to Petra´s powerful shots... pretty bad those both team has to play against each other in 1st round... both sides would deserve to play semifinals or finals at least...

centipede
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:35 AM
So when does it start eastern time in us?

AfroIYH
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:50 AM
So when does it start eastern time in us?

6AM EST. Petra's gonna send those Germans back where they came from.

Queen Petra Fan
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:55 AM
6AM EST. Petra's gonna send those Germans back where they came from.


HELLO! :wavey: WAKE UP! :bounce:

Um, you do realize they are playing the matches in Germany, right? :o


:lol: AfroIYH, you're too funny. :lol:

Queen Petra Fan
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:58 AM
This may be the very last Fed Cup weekend for Barbora Strycova. Not only that a short time ago her disgusting vocabulary triggered many complaints from TV viewers, but now her daddy turns out to be a money-obsessed loser who would do/sell anything to have more. According to the report, the guy lives with his wife in a luxury mansion surrounded by a steep wall in Plzeň (west CZ). What a difference from Petra's humble parents, who still live in the same modest house in Fulnek, have the same friends and neighbours and try to contribute to the local community.
This sheds a bad light on the entire Fed Cup team.

How will Bara be able to play effectively with this hanging over her head? She should be replaced.

AfroIYH
Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:16 AM
HELLO! :wavey: WAKE UP! :bounce:

Um, you do realize they are playing the matches in Germany, right? :o


:lol: AfroIYH, you're too funny. :lol:

Yes I understand it means paying for a Taxi.

PetraReeMona
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:31 AM
Doesn't look like any of the streaming sites are streaming it :sad:

AfroIYH
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:57 AM
Doesn't look like any of the streaming sites are streaming it :sad:

I'd be quite surprised if they could stream it 24 hours in advance of the event.

PetraReeMona
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:02 AM
I'd be quite surprised if they could stream it 24 hours in advance of the event.

:lol: They usually have a list of what they are streaming in advance. I looked on Livescorehunter and it's showing the ATP matches in the evening. That's what I meant, but I wasn't clear.

AfroIYH
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:09 AM
:lol: They usually have a list of what they are streaming in advance. I looked on Livescorehunter and it's showing the ATP matches in the evening. That's what I meant, but I wasn't clear.

Well LSH is only showing matches for today on the list, no mention of whats on after 11:45PM (+0).

PetraReeMona
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:27 AM
Well LSH is only showing matches for today on the list, no mention of whats on after 11:45PM (+0).

Oh I thought they were playing today :lol:

Petronius
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:50 AM
How will Bara be able to play effectively with this hanging over her head? She should be replaced.

TBH, I think that Bara has actually known for some time that her father is a controversial figure so maybe she's not that much surprised by the news? Who knows.

Jan_S
Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:30 AM
So, first match on Saturday Sabine vs. Iveta, second match Julia vs. Petra.

Dispeker
Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:42 AM
So, first match on Saturday Sabine vs. Iveta, second match Julia vs. Petra.

Please Petra, have some mercy. Please! :sobbing:

Petronius
Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:47 AM
So, first match on Saturday Sabine vs. Iveta, second match Julia vs. Petra.

This is good news for Petra's American fans, they won't have to get up so early. It will be interesting to see, whether Iveta is able to win at least one set.

Petronius
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:02 PM
Video of Petra from Porsche arena, her groundstrokes look good!

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/video/detail.php?id=209135

AfroIYH
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:47 PM
Video of Petra from Porsche arena, her groundstrokes look good!

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/video/detail.php?id=209135

So nice to see her smile, also love hearing her speak Czech.

Excelscior
Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:56 PM
@Petra#1

Don't know if this has been said already, but just check the streams right before the match at Livescorehunter.

They don't always post every stream in advance. Sometimes they do minutes before the match.

18majors
Feb 3rd, 2012, 02:12 PM
So, first match on Saturday Sabine vs. Iveta, second match Julia vs. Petra.

Hope Julia forget about her AO Radwanska disaster and really shows up for the match.

centipede
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:07 PM
I was wanting a lisicki-Kvitova match. Can they stil play?

everythingtaboo
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:18 PM
I was wanting a lisicki-Kvitova match. Can they stil play?

The draw says that match will be first on the second day. Really, it depends on the players form in their first matches. Like for example, if Sabine plays like shit against Iveta I could see Rittner using Kerber (also a lefty) for the Petra match instead.

But I hope we get a Sabine-Petra match too... two of my favourite players. And I hope it's a competitive match and not a one-way, demolishing choke-fest. :tape:

18majors
Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:02 PM
The draw says that match will be first on the second day. Really, it depends on the players form in their first matches. Like for example, if Sabine plays like shit against Iveta I could see Rittner using Kerber (also a lefty) for the Petra match instead.

But I hope we get a Sabine-Petra match too... two of my favourite players. And I hope it's a competitive match and not a one-way, demolishing choke-fest. :tape:

Sabine will give Petra a run for her money.

Coconut91
Feb 3rd, 2012, 10:09 PM
Video of Petra from Porsche arena, her groundstrokes look good!

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/video/detail.php?id=209135

Thank you :) What the hell is she saying, btw? :lol:

Petronius
Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:08 PM
Thank you :) What the hell is she saying, btw? :lol:

Basically this:

I like playing indoors. (No surprises here :lol:)
The surface is similar to indoor courts we've played before, like in Belgium for example. It feels sort of like 'emery paper'. It's not very fast and the ball bounces quite high, which I think will suit Julia Georges, who uses a kick serve and likes to play a high forehand.
The German top three are almost at the same level.
I think they have a very strong team, but we are ready for them!

centipede
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:31 AM
I never knew how smart Petra was until I heard her Czech translation

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:33 AM
I never knew how smart Petra was until I heard her Czech translation

She's very intelligent. That's another reason why I love her :bounce:

flyingmachine
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:12 AM
Good luck Petra. :yeah:

bruce goose
Feb 4th, 2012, 04:31 AM
Okay,Petra,if you're not going to defend Paris,then you've gotta pull it out for the CR this weekend.VAMOS,Petra:bounce:!!!

Queen Petra Fan
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:04 AM
A little motivational music to get everybody fired up for today's matches (as if we need it!): :bounce:

Petra Kvitova Hair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR7gqdVS44U

I must give a shout out to Moose for telling me about this song originally a while back. It's called "Let Your Hair Down" by the Sure Shot Hunters. :music::rocker::music:

Let's hope our Queen lioness and her pride let down their hair and come out fighting this weekend in defense of their 2011 Fed Cup championship. :boxing:

No mercy girls!!!! :fiery:

Have a great weekend everybody. Enjoy the matches! :wavey:

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:50 AM
Today's matches:

http://img8.ct24.cz/cache/616x347/article/33/3263/326201.jpg

http://img8.ct24.cz/cache/616x347/article/33/3263/326202.jpg

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:28 AM
Iveta is hanging very tough with Sabine. One set each now, and 15-30 on Sabine's serve in the first game of the third set.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:50 AM
Iveta is hanging very tough with Sabine. One set each now, and 15-30 on Sabine's serve in the first game of the third set.

Iveta is playing awesome, now 3*-2 up ! Her experience is paying off, she's almost 30 yrs after all.

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Iveta cooly saves two BPs and earns a GP on her own serve.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:06 PM
Iveta, please don't choke. 5*-2!!!

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Iveta's too cool and experienced. She's nailing the coffin shut now. Germany will have to not only win the doubles, but beat Petra once to take this tie.

Too bad for them that Petko is hurt. Would have made them favorites in this tie.

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM
1-0 CR as Iveta takes it.

Bring on the Lioness!

Queen Petra Fan
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM
A stunning surprise!!! Great job Iveta!!! :bounce:

CESKO!!! CESKO!!! CESKO!!!

AfroIYH
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:14 PM
Tough 3 set match, they just need Kvitova's 2 singles now. The court looks like it'll give Gorges less time on the ball, seems to work in Petra's favour.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Foxy and experienced Iveta outsmarted Sabine Lisicki :worship:

But the Czech TV should fire the on-court commentator. Instead of first congratulating Iveta on her great performance, the id*ot started talking about unconverted breakpoints and overall showed very little respect to her throughout the interview.

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:32 PM
Well done Iveta. Now all the pressure is on Julia, first to beat our Queen and secondly to win a rubber :devil:

And here's our Queen looking fit and focused :bounce::bounce:

Go Queen Petra, Go..... oh and you're looking hot, hot, hot :drool:

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Goerges serving well should be the only thing keeping this match somewhat close.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:39 PM
Go Queen Petra, Go..... oh and you're looking hot, hot, hot :drool:

Julia Georges also looking good ;)

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:51 PM
Goerges playing out of her mind so far. Petra needs a couple big shots to take her down a notch.

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:53 PM
Julia Georges also looking good ;)

:lol:

I've seen her live and close-up and she's not as good as she looks on tv :p

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:54 PM
Goerges playing out of her mind so far. Petra needs a couple big shots to take her down a notch.

Hopefully it won't last :scared:

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 12:58 PM
Back on serve. Julia is really going after Petra's second serve.

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:04 PM
Good serving again from Goerges. She's really going after every ball and not missing as much as I expected her to. Petra isn't quite taking her opportunities and imposing herself but isn't playing too bad. :shrug:

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:08 PM
:haha: at that delayed POJD when Goerges let the ball go. Too funny.

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:10 PM
The FH is really off at the moment. Goerges two points from the set.

Mynarco
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:10 PM
Petra's FH breaks down

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:11 PM
:help:

iPatty
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:13 PM
Goerges wins the first set 63. :( Let's see how Petra reacts.

Melange
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Goerges

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:22 PM
Looks like "one of them days" :sad: ... unless she's trying to give us a heart attack and surprise us at the end :lol:

Mynarco
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:34 PM
Petra's FH is really pedestrian

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:46 PM
:lol:

She's just amazing :bounce::bounce:

Right at the last moment :worship::worship:

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Another three-setter :cheer:

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Two aces in a row to take the second set. She's a boss. I love how she can bring her best serves at clutch moments.

Now, keep the momentum and steamroll Julia in the third.

bruce goose
Feb 4th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Unfortunately,I must leave for a class in a couple minutes,so I'll look forward to reading your Petra analyses when I return.....COMEBACK TIME,Petra!!!

Mynarco
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:21 PM
FAIL :o

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Arghhhhhhhhh :mad::mad::help:

Goerges is playing the match of her life :eek:

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:27 PM
choke :lol:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/107/5/6/choke_hold_by_xyzzy2112-d3e7006.jpg

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:32 PM
I need a doctor or some valium :help: me :lol:

paulmara
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:32 PM
40 UE

3 breakballs 6:5 service

Meelis
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:36 PM
Again? :help:

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:37 PM
I think no one can deny that Petra is a choker now.
She can't handle pressure.
Folds like a cheap tent.

paulmara
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:38 PM
break to love
overtime

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:40 PM
I think no one can deny that Petra is a choker now.
She can't handle pressure.
Folds like a cheap tent.

Yup!

I personally think it's come all too quick for her. With most players it comes slowly (what Petra has achieved), but it's come too quickly for her and she's not used to it and is not used to the pressure. Some people need to do things slowly. I'm sure that's why she lost the AO SF - she couldn't take the pressure of being no. 1 :sad:

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:40 PM
So much for "Lioness" :help:

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:42 PM
This is beyond pathetic.
We're talking Julia Gorges here! Hardly a mental giant herself!
She looks so scared...Czech coach is not helping either.

Fail on so many levels.

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:44 PM
Arghhhhhhhhh :mad::mad::help:

Goerges is playing the match of her life :eek:

No. Petra is donating very generously to German Tennis Federation
Never knew Petra was such a generous philanthropist. :help:

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 02:55 PM
Petra gets yet another chance to close this match out.
If she fails, I'm going to kill myself!

cosmoose
Feb 4th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Petra gets yet another chance to close this match out.
If she fails, I'm going to kill myself!

Thank you Petra for not killing me. :lol:

AfroIYH
Feb 4th, 2012, 03:56 PM
Well it took her a while to get into it and Julia played well for most of the match, but she toughed it out and asked Goerges some important questions which she didn't have answers for.

18majors
Feb 4th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Good win Petra.

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 04:37 PM
Finally :)

mdx
Feb 4th, 2012, 05:16 PM
Julia played really well. Good win for Petra.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 06:23 PM
Wow, Petra's pre-match comments were totally spot-on:

"The surface is similar to indoor courts we've played before, like in Belgium for example. It feels sort of like 'emery paper'. It's not very fast and the ball bounces quite high, which I think will suit Julia Georges, who uses a kick serve and likes to play a high forehand" :eek:

Julia's serve and forehand kept her in the match. I think she even had more forehand winners than Petra. On the other hand, she struggled with changing direction of the ball from her backhand side.

18majors
Feb 4th, 2012, 06:46 PM
Wow, Petra's pre-match comments were totally spot-on:

"The surface is similar to indoor courts we've played before, like in Belgium for example. It feels sort of like 'emery paper'. It's not very fast and the ball bounces quite high, which I think will suit Julia Georges, who uses a kick serve and likes to play a high forehand" :eek:

Julia's serve and forehand kept her in the match. I think she even had more forehand winners than Petra. On the other hand, she struggled with changing direction of the ball from her backhand side.

Happy Petra won, also happy that Julia played much better than her AO last match.

Rovegun
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
happy our girls lead 2-0 after first day... Iveta played very well and outplayed Sabine, who was under the pressure and it wasn´t her best day on court... I feel sorry for Julia because she played great and also deserved to win the match but Petra showed why she´s no. 2 and proved more calm and less nerves... at the end it was 50:50 and the luckier won....

looking forward to tomorrow it´s going to be exciting again...

lupojohn
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:39 PM
My time on the computer library is running out, so i'll comment on Monday. Good luck to Petra tommorrow.

Mynarco
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:13 PM
This woman is so sloppy

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:17 PM
Interesting comments:

"I was telling to myself that I don't want this match to end up like the one with Sharpie at AO. Maybe this experience helped.
The third set was about little things. I tried to stay in the game and let her backhand play and she helped me here and there."

Smart girl this Petra.

Petronius
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:33 PM
This woman is so sloppy

But she beat the girl in your avatar pics four times in a row :bigwave:

mac47
Feb 4th, 2012, 09:49 PM
There is such a night and day difference between confident, executing Petra and out-of-form Petra. I can't wait until we see the former again, because these matches are killing me.

I miss her form from Wimbledon and Madrid and the YEC. It was so awesome to see her paint the lines and make other players look totally helpless for whole sets at a time. I understand that it's not humanly possible to hit lines consistently, but it is far more fun to watch than these nailbiters.

18majors
Feb 4th, 2012, 10:06 PM
Should be a good match tomorrow, Sabine will be on fire.

PetraReeMona
Feb 4th, 2012, 10:37 PM
There is such a night and day difference between confident, executing Petra and out-of-form Petra. I can't wait until we see the former again, because these matches are killing me.

I miss her form from Wimbledon and Madrid and the YEC. It was so awesome to see her paint the lines and make other players look totally helpless for whole sets at a time. I understand that it's not humanly possible to hit lines consistently, but it is far more fun to watch than these nailbiters.

This x 100

Vikapower
Feb 4th, 2012, 10:59 PM
Interesting comments:

"I was telling to myself that I don't want this match to end up like the one with Sharpie at AO. Maybe this experience helped.
The third set was about little things. I tried to stay in the game and let her backhand play and she helped me here and there."

Smart girl this Petra.

Good win for Petra, Julia played an amazing match on many levels, certainly her best in months, Petra stayed cool and kept things tight as strong as possible in a triple threat situation (crowd + Julia on fire + personal issues) to let these little details to which she makes reference float so that to her benefit [...] this is what very top players do. She has progressed and keeps progression a lot.

As for tactics unsurprising, Petra adapted well, she reduced her power for like 20-30%, found beautiful margins within the court which automatically brought greater efficiency than trying to out-Federer, Nadal, when in matches as close and emotionally engaging as this one something she was completely unable to do on a consistent basis against Maria in Australia, certainly proof that she's aware.

Matches of the sort is what builds characters, that's 2 consecutive matches she plays like this, Petra said she learned from the first one, well I can trust her though to be honest at 40-15 for 5-3* it didn't show at all but hey, her reaction after that service game lost corroborates somehow what she says, great composure and I believe it was for 2 service games Julia hadn't seen a point or something (need to re-watch the match) on her service games, that's how it's done.

Petra has had her share of complex matches to resolve even on her greatest surface grass, Pironkova, Vika, Kaia Kanepi -- also in indoors (not a surface), Madrid too at the end only the final result would count -- 2-0 up, that's the finality in sports as a whole and always will be for the next 100 years and over to come.

bruce goose
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:00 AM
First off,thanks for the pic Cosmoose:hatoff:...on to more important stuff,though,winners find a way to pull things out even when they play below their standards(in contrast,losers nearly always manage to blow things somehow and recite their litany of excuses,post-match).Petra has done this frequently so we're way past the point of calling this mere 'good luck'.

Was gonna make a smart-ass comment about Lisicki's penchant for injuring herself...but she has lots of fans here so I'll keep the peace:angel:.Still,even if Petra and Iveta both fell in singles tomorrow,the Czech Doubles aces would be quite likely to finish off whichever German team took the court

flyingmachine
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:02 AM
Should be a good match tomorrow, Sabine will be on fire.

Do you mean both players will be on fire. ;)

bruce goose
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:26 AM
Btw,despite my confidence in the dubs team,I'd much rather see Petra clinch the tie right off with a victory:cool:

Yellow Moon
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:34 AM
she will, but Fed Cup Saturday belongs to Iveta :hearts:

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:03 AM
On court now, hope she's not tired from yesterday.

Queen Petra Fan
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Coverage of Fed Cup was supposed to start at 11 over here in CZ but the boneheads at CT4 are staying live with some meaningless boring crosscountry skiing competition!!! I PROTEST!!! :fiery:

:crying2: Why? Why? Why? :crying2:

Thank god some of them are finishing now! :bounce:

Let the games begin!!!!!!! GO CZECHS!!!!

:worship: The Czech Fed Cup Team's mojo cannot be stopped!!! : :worship:

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:31 AM
She's at 16% of service returns won,, at the moment 4-3 on serve. Abysmal stat to have, compared to what she usually has.

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:56 AM
Flat. REALLY flat.

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:57 AM
She's gonna need to get more of Lisicki's serves in play if she has hopes of winning. 18% return pts won is horrendous.

PetraReeMona
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:02 AM
Here we go ......... another 3 setter (hopefully) :scared:

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:09 AM
#Petracoaster is serving well, already doing better than she was in the 1st set.

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:12 AM
the ROS is atrocious

Meelis
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Great three points to save bp and hold for the 4-3 :yeah:

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:28 AM
Way too many errors right off Lisicki's serve.

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Much better return game and Sabine breaks down totally. 67 64 0*0

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Breaks to love, thank god #Petracoaster gets the first break of the match.

Meelis
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Great time to get a first break.

paulmara
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:38 AM
Lisicki blinked first

PetraReeMona
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:38 AM
:lol: Can't believe she was laughing when she won the 2nd set :bounce:

I'm going to call her "Petra the soul killa". She just kills other players' soul by making them think they are going to beat her and then she up's it at the last minute :p:worship:

PetraReeMona
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:52 AM
Anyone not knowing where this tie is being held would think it was in the CZ. All you can hear is the chanting of "Peeetraa Kvitovaa, Peeetraa Kvitovaa,". Can't hear the Germans chanting at all :lol:

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:53 AM
That return winner off Lisicki's second serve is too much :lol:

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:54 AM
The match has just been snatched away from Lisicki's clutches, strong showing from Petra today.

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Just want Kvitova to shoot Lisicki saying "you didn't really think you could beat me did you?"

cosmoose
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:21 AM
i'm happy :hearts: :lol:

PetraReeMona
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:22 AM
Why do they end up crying after playing "Petra the soul killa" :devil:

vendulkabendulka
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:28 AM
She was unbelievably cute in todays aftermatch interview :)

mdx
Feb 5th, 2012, 11:52 AM
She was unbelievably cute in todays aftermatch interview :)

Exactly. The best aftermatch interview I've seen her in.

As for the match I must say I am really proud how Petra handled it. Sabine's serve was working really well today and generally she was playing much better than yesterday. Kudos to Petra for finding a way to deal with it and win. Especially after exhausting match with Julia which ended just eighteen hours before this one started.

Petronius
Feb 5th, 2012, 12:16 PM
This girl from Fulnek is special. 27th indoor win in a row. Even if she loses the first set and can't keep the ball inside the court, you feel she'll raise her game and eventually prevail.

A true champion.

Holdsworth
Feb 5th, 2012, 01:12 PM
She was unbelievably cute in todays aftermatch interview :)
She has such a pleasant voice :angel:

Excelscior
Feb 5th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Exactly. The best aftermatch interview I've seen her in.

As for the match I must say I am really proud how Petra handled it. Sabine's serve was working really well today and generally she was playing much better than yesterday. Kudos to Petra for finding a way to deal with it and win. Especially after exhausting match with Julia which ended just eighteen hours before this one started.

I tell you guys all the time that Petra is in fine shape and conditioning, but some of you guys don't wanna believe it. Lol.

Plus, two three setters in two days is actually good for her, considering she'll have the week of before Doha. Maybe she'll peak there?

You can see why she won Paris Indoors last year, if she had Fed Cup as a lead in the next day. She must of been warm (though she had that long early match with that Czech player).

I just hope Petra rest, arrives in Doha at the right time, remembers some of her tactics here (Fed Cup-Germany), and wins it.

Congrats and good luck Petra!!

vendulkabendulka
Feb 5th, 2012, 02:44 PM
Actually, in her interview today she says that she is not very happy with her tennis right now. She's winning because of self-confidence and experience, but it's not the player we remember from last year. Even her father Mr.Kvita says she just didn't get enough training at the end of the year.
My personal guess is that if she doesn't do well in Doha she will skip Dubai to get some extra time before IW & Miami.
(Some info, in czech)
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-nehrala-jsem-moc-dobre-hodne-kazim-9533/

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 02:53 PM
I tell you guys all the time that Petra is in fine shape and conditioning, but some of you guys don't wanna believe it. Lol.
conditioning and fitness is fine, but when she's making as many errors as she has and some by big margins, it's cause for concern she's lucky her 2012 Record isn't lower.

Excelscior
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:05 PM
conditioning and fitness is fine, but when she's making as many errors as she has and some by big margins, it's cause for concern she's lucky her 2012 Record isn't lower.

I was only speaking about her conditioning (thats why it was higlighted). It clear her game can be much better, and hopefully we'll see that soon.

Excelscior
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:13 PM
[QUOTE=vendulkabendulka;20902179]
Actually, in her interview today she says that she is not very happy with her tennis right now. She's winning because of self-confidence and experience, but it's not the player we remember from last year. Even her father Mr.Kvita says she just didn't get enough training at the end of the year.
My personal guess is that if she doesn't do well in Doha she will skip Dubai to get some extra time before IW & Miami.
(Some info, in czech)
[url]

Which is why I said "I hope she'll peak in Doha" and "the two three setters may be good for her with the week off (if you were responding to me)". Lol

As far as Doha, momentum is only as good as your latest match and tournament. We'll see?

And if Petra doesn't do well in Doha (which I think she will), I don't see why she wouldn't play Dubai (unless it was a physical, conditioning or mental fatigue issue)? She would need the match play. That's why she took Paris indoors off her schedule this year (so she could focus on those 3 tournaments, without being tired).

We'll see?

bruce goose
Feb 5th, 2012, 03:22 PM
In terms of hype streaming forth from the WTA media machine,it seems to me that Lisicki gets a lot more than Petra does(QUITE undeservedly so)...and,well,Petra demonstrated where they stand in relation to each other between the on-court lines:cool:

AfroIYH
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:01 PM
In terms of hype streaming forth from the WTA media machine,it seems to me that Lisicki gets a lot more than Petra does(QUITE undeservedly so)...and,well,Petra demonstrated where they stand in relation to each other between the on-court lines:cool:

She's a blonde German with a hot body and nice smile.

Petronius
Feb 5th, 2012, 04:02 PM
Actually, in her interview today she says that she is not very happy with her tennis right now. She's winning because of self-confidence and experience, but it's not the player we remember from last year. Even her father Mr.Kvita says she just didn't get enough training at the end of the year.
My personal guess is that if she doesn't do well in Doha she will skip Dubai to get some extra time before IW & Miami.
(Some info, in czech)
http://www.tenisportal.cz/zpravy/kvitova-nehrala-jsem-moc-dobre-hodne-kazim-9533/

That's a great article, vendulka. Good to see she's well aware of her game/form being inferior to that she displayed in Istanbul or Wimbledon. Regardless, even a subpar Petra is 13-2 so far this year. But I can't wait when she starts to play better, some of the recent wins have been a bit ugly.

bruce goose
Feb 5th, 2012, 05:04 PM
She's a blonde German with a hot body and nice smile.Oh,I didn't say that I didn't understand the REASON for the imbalance;),just wanted to address it.Some of the more dim-witted fans actually fall prey to some of the absurd hype.You might recall that a few moronic tennis reporters--probably ALL men--suggested that Petra's 4th Round AO matchup was almost even...and yet Petra outclassed her massively-overrated,slutty opponent despite not playing very well at all in the second set.Once Petra has spent an entire year in the Top 5 while competing at the highest level,everyone will be forced to acknowledge her as an important fixture of the WTA:cool:.....even though most fans don't rank her as one of the glamour queens

18majors
Feb 5th, 2012, 07:59 PM
That's a great article, vendulka. Good to see she's well aware of her game/form being inferior to that she displayed in Istanbul or Wimbledon. Regardless, even a subpar Petra is 13-2 so far this year. But I can't wait when she starts to play better, some of the recent wins have been a bit ugly.

Isn't it the mark of a true champion the ability to win not playing her best?

Meelis
Feb 5th, 2012, 08:34 PM
Italians won. Czechs will finally get to play at home again :lol:

Mynarco
Feb 5th, 2012, 10:34 PM
Petra's tennis is not that satisfying so far (She was way below par in her 2 indoor matches this year)

A week break is quite necessary. And then she can rest well for Doha. I hope she can get a semi there.

bruce goose
Feb 6th, 2012, 04:58 AM
Italians won. Czechs will finally get to play at home again :lol:Petra will have to be sharp for that matchup;with Errani-Vinci playing for the Italians,a victory in Doubles isn't as much of a guarantee as it often is for the Czech gals--so Petra's Singles matches will be crucial.

lupojohn
Feb 6th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Those were 2 very valuable learning tools for Petra. I like both Petra and Julia(as I stated before), so i'm glad I wasn't here when the match was taking place. Since I didn't see it, maybe you can tell me how Petra played.

bruce goose
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:15 PM
As soon as anyone finds out,please post where the FC tie with Italy will be;Petra/CR can win in Italy,if necessary,but the odds would improve on Czech soil,IMO

Excelscior
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:33 PM
@BruceGoose

To my knowledge, it's in the Czech Republic (once Italy won), unless you want to know the exact location? So don't worry! Lol

Meelis
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:37 PM
As soon as anyone finds out,please post where the FC tie with Italy will be;Petra/CR can win in Italy,if necessary,but the odds would improve on Czech soil,IMO

In Czech Republic, since last time they played in Rome (2009 semifinal). Italians were crushing the Czechs 5-0, without dropping a set. Including Pennetta beating Petra 7-6(3) 6-2.

bruce goose
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:45 PM
To Ex and Meelis,thanks for the info....with an improved Petra on board,I don't think that we'll see a duplicate of the last CR-Italy tie

mac47
Feb 6th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Yes, but that was in the Jurassic period.

dadouch
Feb 6th, 2012, 06:36 PM
I don't get the talk about Petra's loss of form. She had an extremely positive weekend beating two very dangerous opponents. In my opinion, the match against Lisicki was one of the best matches Petra ever played. Sabine's serving in the first set was Serena-like but Petra stayed focused and didn't panic. In the second set Sabine's serving level dropped by a little a bit and that's was all Petra needed. She executed all the important points beautifully. The third set was much closer then the score suggests, Sabine didn't break down mentally at all, she kept pressuring Petra but Petra stayed strong.

The match against Goerges wasn't such a high quality but very important for Petra. From her comments before match I could feel she is not very confident against Julia. The reason must be the thrashing she got from her in Linz in 2010. (you can watch the match on youtube). The Linz match is one of the very few matches where Petra was outplayed despite playing well, and it happened right before her breakout tournament in Brisbane, so I don't take the argument that it was before the "new Petra".
This time Petra managed to win and there were parts of the match where she clearly dominated Julia. With the win, I think Petra got rid of this mental block against Julia and their next matches will be easier for her.

Actually, I think that her current level is better then in Istanbul. In Istanbul she played great first set and a half against Zvonareva and had amazing comeback against Radwanska. Other matches weren't that spectacular.

Excelscior
Feb 6th, 2012, 07:18 PM
I don't get the talk about Petra's loss of form. She had an extremely positive weekend beating two very dangerous opponents. In my opinion, the match against Lisicki was one of the best matches Petra ever played. Sabine's serving in the first set was Serena-like but Petra stayed focused and didn't panic. In the second set Sabine's serving level dropped by a little a bit and that's was all Petra needed. She executed all the important points beautifully. The third set was much closer then the score suggests, Sabine didn't break down mentally at all, she kept pressuring Petra but Petra stayed strong.

The match against Goerges wasn't such a high quality but very important for Petra. From her comments before match I could feel she is not very confident against Julia. The reason must be the thrashing she got from her in Linz in 2010. (you can watch the match on youtube). The Linz match is one of the very few matches where Petra was outplayed despite playing well, and it happened right before her breakout tournament in Brisbane, so I don't take the argument that it was before the "new Petra".
This time Petra managed to win and there were parts of the match where she clearly dominated Julia. With the win, I think Petra got rid of this mental block against Julia and their next matches will be easier for her.

Actually, I think that her current level is better then in Istanbul. In Istanbul she played great first set and a half against Zvonareva and had amazing comeback against Radwanska. Other matches weren't that spectacular.

I liked your post and thought it was very insightful, well written and presented. So thank you for that. But one thing did catch my attention.

How do you equate Petra losing in October 2010 at Linz, with her start in 2011? Those are two different periods, stemming from two separate training/conditioning periods (though I will agree that she remembered that Linz match; while Julia played very well in streches/to begin)?

You can't equate the two though. Petra barely won a match after Wimby 2010. And that match was more indicative of the end of her 2010 season, than a precursor of 2011 . Remember there was an off season after that.

Totally new season, perspective in 2011. But that shouldn't take away from your well presented post.

dadouch
Feb 6th, 2012, 08:22 PM
I don't believe that Petra just "jumped" to new level during the three months between the two tournaments. She improves continually , so we cannot really put a line between "old" and "new" Petra. The Linz match was very close to the start of her great run of results and is relevant.

I liked your post and thought it was very insightful, well written and presented. So thank you for that. But one thing did catch my attention.

How do you equate Petra losing in October 2010 at Linz, with her start in 2011? Those are two different periods, stemming from two separate training/conditioning periods (though I will agree that she remembered that Linz match; while Julia played very well in streches/to begin)?

You can't equate the two though. Petra barely won a match after Wimby 2010. And that match was more indicative of the end of her 2010 season, than a precursor of 2011 . Remember there was an off season after that.

Totally new season, perspective in 2011. But that shouldn't take away from your well presented post.

bruce goose
Feb 7th, 2012, 04:22 AM
Btw,even though Petra is a ton of fun to watch,you guys kept the match update live scores under control during FC:hatoff:

Mynarco
Feb 8th, 2012, 09:33 PM
Petra is out of Doha.

bruce goose
Feb 9th, 2012, 04:25 AM
So what's next for this thread title?'Petra utterly collapses the Roman FC Empire'?:p

....Keep getting well,Petra

TimeyWimey
Apr 11th, 2012, 10:57 AM
this should e updated? :confused:

CZE team for FC sf v ITA - Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Lucie Hradecka, Andrea Hlavackova #FedCup

bruce goose
Apr 11th, 2012, 03:30 PM
Fran has been looking very shaky almost all year;it will be interesting to see how she fares against Petra in FC with national pride on the line...plus this will be on Petra's home soil and on her preferred surface

TimeyWimey
Apr 12th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Fran has been looking very shaky almost all year;it will be interesting to see how she fares against Petra in FC with national pride on the line...plus this will be on Petra's home soil and on her preferred surface

don't know what happened to our RG queen, but the whole team Italia seems to be suffering from some severe confidence shortage towards the Fed Cup, and based on the pictures leaked from Petra's special training in Turkey, team Czech could even put their home venue in a swimming pool and don't have to worry about anything :lol:

bruce goose
Apr 12th, 2012, 03:56 PM
don't know what happened to our RG queen, but the whole team Italia seems to be suffering from some severe confidence shortage towards the Fed Cup, and based on the pictures leaked from Petra's special training in Turkey, team Czech could even put their home venue in a swimming pool and don't have to worry about anything :lol:Yeah,Flavia just lost to the unstoppable war machine,Yulia Beygelzimer,this morning.I still have some concerns---SHORT-term,not long-term---about Petra's results this year as it has been so common,even for a few notable tennis legends,to go through a "sophomore slump" after they reach the top the first time

Queen Petra Fan
Apr 12th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Petra will be fired up for Fed Cup for sure. Ostrava is in the same northeastern region of CZ as Fulnek. Many of her family and friends should be in attendance. It's a short, easy drive for them and a rare opportunity to see their pride and joy playing live. This is REALLY a homecoming match for Petra.

If this doesn't get her fired up, nothing will. COME ON PETRA and CZ!!!! :bounce:

bruce goose
Apr 12th, 2012, 09:48 PM
Maybe it was a strange coincidence,but all three of Italy's FC'ers sucked this week...as if they only wanted a brief scrimmage before leaving the draw so that they could rest up for Petra and her mates.The Doubles match,if necessary,should be quite compelling...unless the tie has already been resolved in which case the match may be canceled...or played at half-speed by gals who have no reason to risk injury

Petronius
Apr 15th, 2012, 06:49 PM
:cool:

http://i41.tinypic.com/xaw5cy.png

Barktra
Apr 15th, 2012, 07:36 PM
They got this :cheer:

If I were Italy I would put Errani and Pennetta in the singles because of how bad Schaivone and Vinci form is

bruce goose
Apr 16th, 2012, 01:30 AM
Not clear on why Petra and Co. need 'revenge';did the CR lose to Italy in FC a couple years back??If so,Petra and the crew certainly redeemed themselves by winning LAST year's FC.I'd call defending the title a MUCH better motivator than any vague recollections for revenge....but,in the end,whatever gets the gals fired up and ready to win is okay with me

paulmara
Apr 16th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Petra : If you ask me right now, I don´t feel the best.(after 2 weeks of training) … stomach musle injury was nothing serious I just couldn´t bend but it has no effect on running and I did everything that was planned … (first week) I only served and played on the wall … (second week ) I played for an hour, but it was not easy after all traning.

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/doufam-ze-se-drina-na-soustredeni-v-turecku-vyplati-rika-petra-kvitova--1046469

Petronius
Apr 16th, 2012, 04:07 PM
Not clear on why Petra and Co. need 'revenge';did the CR lose to Italy in FC a couple years back??If so,Petra and the crew certainly redeemed themselves by winning LAST year's FC.I'd call defending the title a MUCH better motivator than any vague recollections for revenge....but,in the end,whatever gets the gals fired up and ready to win is okay with me

Yes. They want to avenge the 0-5 defeat suffered at the hands of Italy in 2010. It was the last time when Petra lost a FedCup singles match. But it was on clay.

PetraReeMona
Apr 16th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Petra : If you ask me right now, I don´t feel the best.(after 2 weeks of training) … stomach musle injury was nothing serious I just couldn´t bend but it has no effect on running and I did everything that was planned … (first week) I only served and played on the wall … (second week ) I played for an hour, but it was not easy after all traning.

http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/tenis/_zprava/doufam-ze-se-drina-na-soustredeni-v-turecku-vyplati-rika-petra-kvitova--1046469

Gawd :scared: :sad:

bruce goose
Apr 17th, 2012, 04:32 AM
Yes. They want to avenge the 0-5 defeat suffered at the hands of Italy in 2010. It was the last time when Petra lost a FedCup singles match. But it was on clay.Petra lost to lots of lesser players when she was younger,and one or two of them might be retired now;I'd like to think she's gotten over those lesser losses after proving herself a champion...we'll see what she says after the tie

paulmara
Apr 17th, 2012, 08:43 AM
Q: You were trying quicker return in Turkey. You will use it ?
Petra: I don´t think so. It doesn´t work very well.
Q: Reportedly you trained more than last year ?
Petra: I don´t know … you should asked coaches.

There will be my complete family, friends and 100 people from Fulnek.

http://sport.idnes.cz/tenistka-petra-kvitova-pred-fed-cupem-d82-/tenis.aspx?c=A120416_191441_tenis_ma
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct4/tenis/172419-tenistky-ladi-formu-na-semifinale-bazi-po-odvete-za-debakl/
http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis-fed-cup/121232/kvitova-je-fit-ceske-tenistky-se-tesi-na-vendetu-s-italii.html

bruce goose
Apr 17th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Q: You were trying quicker return in Turkey. You will use it ?
Petra: I don´t think so. It doesn´t work very well.
Q: Reportedly you trained more than last year ?
Petra: I don´t know … you should asked coaches.Petra can't remember how much she trained last year:lol:?More likely,she just didn't want to answer that question

PetraReeMona
Apr 17th, 2012, 12:33 PM
Q: You were trying quicker return in Turkey. You will use it ?
Petra: I don´t think so. It doesn´t work very well.
Q: Reportedly you trained more than last year ?
Petra: I don´t know … you should asked coaches.

There will be my complete family, friends and 100 people from Fulnek.

http://sport.idnes.cz/tenistka-petra-kvitova-pred-fed-cupem-d82-/tenis.aspx?c=A120416_191441_tenis_ma
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct4/tenis/172419-tenistky-ladi-formu-na-semifinale-bazi-po-odvete-za-debakl/
http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis-fed-cup/121232/kvitova-je-fit-ceske-tenistky-se-tesi-na-vendetu-s-italii.html

:scared:

Oy........ I hope she won't be mega-nervous and hits the ball all over the place :scared: :help:

cosmoose
Apr 17th, 2012, 01:43 PM
oh jeez, not so confident words from Petra.
I hope she is just being super conservative...

HowardH
Apr 17th, 2012, 02:52 PM
What on earth could this "quicker return" possibly be? I thought she hit the return pretty fast already.

I'm not surprised it didn't work well if she was trying to hit it even harder than she already does.
Probably resulted in sending the ball out of the stadium.
Still, I'm all for power, if you can make it work.