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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 03:47 PM   #16
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I hope GB get drawn in a group againg B & H, Luxombourg & Hungary Any way isnt this straight after AO cause hopefully Laura will go far in the juniors so probably wont go for Fed Cup
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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 05:56 PM   #17
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I hope GB get drawn in a group againg B & H, Luxombourg & Hungary Any way isnt this straight after AO cause hopefully Laura will go far in the juniors so probably wont go for Fed Cup
I can tell you now that GB won't draw all 3 of them.
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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #18
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what?? i thot it was like a round robin stage??
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Old Oct 29th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #19
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They work with a ranking system. Every round robin will consist of 4 or 5 counties, and the first member of a round robin stage pool will come from one of the 4 best ranked countries, then the second will be one of the countries between 5th and 8th ranked position and so on. So GBR cannot draw EST and BIH.
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They work with a ranking system. Every round robin will consist of 4 or 5 counties, and the first member of a round robin stage pool will come from one of the 4 best ranked countries, then the second will be one of the countries between 5th and 8th ranked position and so on. So GBR cannot draw EST and BIH.
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I hope Poland will qualify with Aga, Marta and Ula
Possible Polish Fed Cup team 2009 ?

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Possible Polish Fed Cup team 2009 ?

That's such a cute pic buddy!
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P.S. Go Belarus!!!
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I really hope Romania and Poland get through this time. Last year both countries were but in the group of death with Serbia. Romania, especially, gave it their all but to no avail.

This year's draw ought to be kinder to both teams. Neither team should really fear anyone in the draw, they are both good enough to beat anyone.
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No surprises from the Brits this year:

The team was announced on Friday for Great Britain’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas matches in Tallinn, Estonia.

Named by Nigel Sears, the Great Britain Fed Cup team will be Anne Keothavong, Mel South, Elena Baltacha and Sarah Borwell.

Great Britain is competing in Europe/Africa Zone Group One, being played on indoor hard courts at Coral Tennis Club from 4th-7th February.

The format of the event sees the 15 competing nations initially split into four round-robin pools. The top teams in each pool will advance to promotion play-offs while the bottom teams will fight it out to avoid relegation.

Amongst the favourites will be Croatia and Austria, ranked 19th and 22nd respectively in the Fed Cup rankings. Romania also boasts three players inside the world’s top 100 while Belarus and Poland have two each.

For Great Britain, Anne Keothavong is currently at a career high world ranking of No 60 after a breakthrough year on the court. Among her highlights, the 25 year-old won four ITF titles and reached the US Open third round.

Meanwhile, Mel South is also at a career high world ranking of No 110 while Elena Baltacha is not far behind at No 134. Regarded as a doubles specialist, Sarah Borwell will add depth to the team for the often decisive doubles rubber.

“It’s been a great year for the girls at the top end of the British game,” said Sears, who will be captaining the GB team for the third year.

“I felt almost spoilt for choice in picking the team to travel to Estonia. With Anne Keothavong being ranked No 60 in the world and Mel South being right on the edge of the top 100, we are straight away in a stronger position than last year.

“I felt it was very important to include a doubles specialist in Sarah Borwell as the nature of the competition puts such a huge emphasis on what can so often be a crucial doubles rubber – we really missed that last year.

"Overall, I feel I have picked a team that gives us the best possible chance of succeeding in a very tough group.”
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For GB I would have chosen

Anne Keothavong
Melanie South
Georgie Stoop
Sarah Borwell
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Poland and Estonia!
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