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Old Jan 7th, 2014, 01:18 AM   #31
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Old Jan 7th, 2014, 01:32 AM   #32
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Ugh if Kaia and Caroline play then we will need Eleni for sure unless we get lucky with the draw which never happens
Gone are the days when Caro was #1 and Eleni played on one leg and we were saved by having two other young players who were in the top 200 and we beat Denmark

But no worries, now we have the girl in my avatar who is 0-9 in Fed Cup play, that's even worse than Cornet's old Fed Cup record
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Caroline vs Kaia would be the highlight
The Estonian crowd would be happy And Estonia couldn't lose unless Kaia lost to Carline and KAia/Anett lost to Caro/Malou which is actually possible. It would also be streamed!! Why doesn't Caro just go and train and support them, and claim injury as why she can't play... IIRC that counts as participation She wouldn't be needed for most of the matches mainly just Doubles at most...

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Denmark's Preliminary team has been announced today by the Danish Tennis Association:

Caroline Wozniacki, Karen Barbat, Mai Grage, Emilie Francati, Malou Ejdesgaard, and Maria Jespersen.

This will probably be reduced further (I really doubt Caroline will play already this year).
Does she have a choice? I hope she plays...

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Does she have a choice? I hope she plays...
Yes, she can play Fed Cup in 2015 & 2016 and still be eligible for the 2016 Olympic Games. Her circumstances are a bit different than most other top player's, If I understand it correctly, because Denmark is playing at the very bottom of the Fed Cup system. ITF's rules seems to take this into consideration, if I'm not mistaken.

Whether ITF will actually enforce the 2, 3 or 4 Fed Cup participations (or whatever) in order to be eligible is another matter (something which has also been discussed to some degree here on TF).
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Yes, she can play Fed Cup in 2015 & 2016 and still be eligible for the 2016 Olympic Games. Her circumstances are a bit different than most other top player's, If I understand it correctly, because Denmark is playing at the very bottom of the Fed Cup system. ITF's rules seems to take this into consideration, if I'm not mistaken.

Whether ITF will actually enforce the 2, 3 or 4 Fed Cup participations (or whatever) in order to be eligible is another matter (something which has also been discussed to some degree here on TF).
Well this is a good opportunity for her to play I mean she could have a very tough match against Kaia plus train in Tallinn's good facilities (that Hogstedt has been to many times) and just kinda watch from the side unless they do draw Estonia. I really think that Denmark will never get promoted without her (unless maybe this year if Greece puts fort a weak team) so for a future for her in more competitive matches she should get them promoted now
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Armenia
Lusine Chobanyan
Mariam Bayatyan
Milena Avetisyan
Captain: Gayane Movsisyan

Botswana
tbc

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Maria Siopacha
Eliza Omirou
Maria Stylianou
Atlanta Patsali
Captain: Nikolas Konstantinou

Denmark
Caroline Wozniacki
Karen Barbat
Mai Grage
Emilie Francati
Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

Estonia
Kaia Kanepi
Anett Kontaveit
Eva Paalma
Tatjana Vorobjova
Captain: Maret Ani

Greece
Eleni Daniilidou
Despina Papamichail
Maria Sakkari
Velentini Grammatikopoulou
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Hera Brynjarsdottir
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Ireland
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Rachael Dillon
Jane Fennelly
Julie Byrne
Captain: Yvonne Doyle

Kenya
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Madagascar
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Sandra Andriamarosoa
Nantenaina Ramalalaharivololona
Niriantsa Rasolomalala
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Malta
Katrina Sammut
Elaine Genovese
Rosanne Dimech
Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco
Captain: Helen Asciak

Moldova
Daniela Ciobanu
Julia Helbet
Gabriela Porubin
Elvira Juravliova
Captain: Andrei Andreev

Namibia
Lesedi Sheya Jacobs
Kerstin Gressmann
Liniques Theron
Playing Captain: Rieke Honiball

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Ulrikke Eikeri
Emma Flood
Melanie Stokke
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and Kimmy Cassar for Malta? she is retired?
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Malou Looks like she's done except for club matches...
I guess she'll travel with the team as and ALT...
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OMG Wozniacki playing I'm not sure if the organisers can pass up an Estonia vs Denmark Qualification spot... Although it may cost them if Kaia can't win Singles and Anett/Kaia can't win Doubles...

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And Eleni and Ulrikke Strongest EAZIII ever?
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Glad Ulrikke is playing...contrary to the statements made earlier in the thread...
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As chingching said, this is BY FAR the strongest EA GIII ever. Wozniacki, Kanepi, Daniilidou, Kontaveit, Eikeri, and Papamichail? WOW!

Assuming nothing changes, Estonia should go through especially since they're at home. The other spot is basically between Greece and Denmark, depending on the draw I guess. If they end up playing each other, then it will probably come down to doubles I guess. I also give Norway a chance here, I think they might surprise as they have a decent squad

Lohan out for Ireland
Armenia and Cyprus teams are pretty bad. I've never even heard of any of the Armenian girls, don't think any of them have ever played FC before. Ani probably said she wasn't going to or couldn't play so Movsisyan, Poghosyan and co. probably decided to not bother

Cyprus basically has their B team here, as Argyriou and Savva (the two best Cypriot players) went to play college tennis in the US. Disappointing that Andria Tsaggaridou isn't here either as she was on the team the previous two years. Maria Siopacha is the only one here who has played FC in the past, and she's a pretty decent player. The other girls are really young, I think they're all 14 or 15. It's just Cyprus and they weren't going to get promoted this year anyways, but it's disappointing that the team doesn't include non-Greek Cypriot girls for the third year in a row, especially since this year they have a weaker team. Knezevic, Savchenko, and Ivanushchenko should've played

Moldova would be more competitive if their girls didn't all switch to Bulgaria (there were a few of them a few years ago who switched to Bulgaria and then did nothing afterwards), and Bolsova went to Spain recently and she was probably going to be their best player EVER

As for Greece, I hope Eleni actually plays since the last two years she was initially nominated but didn't end up going. She still doesn't hold any of the national Fed Cup records on the FedCup website, but she might finally break some of them if she plays. Also glad to see Grammatikopoulou here playing for the national team for the first time, which basically tells us she doesn't plan on switching nationalities like I originally thought might happen

Also we need a stable captain. We always had this guy Kalovelonis and then in 2012 Michalopoulos became captain and then Kalovelonis took over again in 2013 only for Michalopoulos to take over again in 2014?

EDIT-Wow I wrote way too much for Group III, I take this way too seriously
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I think so. She didnt play last year either
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As chingching said, this is BY FAR the strongest EA GIII ever. Wozniacki, Kanepi, Daniilidou, Kontaveit, Eikeri, and Papamichail? WOW!

Assuming nothing changes, Estonia should go through especially since they're at home. The other spot is basically between Greece and Denmark, depending on the draw I guess. If they end up playing each other, then it will probably come down to doubles I guess. I also give Norway a chance here, I think they might surprise as they have a decent squad

Lohan out for Ireland
Armenia and Cyprus teams are pretty bad. I've never even heard of any of the Armenian girls, don't think any of them have ever played FC before. Ani probably said she wasn't going to or couldn't play so Movsisyan, Poghosyan and co. probably decided to not bother

Cyprus basically has their B team here, as Argyriou and Savva (the two best Cypriot players) went to play college tennis in the US. Disappointing that Andria Tsaggaridou isn't here either as she was on the team the previous two years. Maria Siopacha is the only one here who has played FC in the past, and she's a pretty decent player. The other girls are really young, I think they're all 14 or 15. It's just Cyprus and they weren't going to get promoted this year anyways, but it's disappointing that the team doesn't include non-Greek Cypriot girls for the third year in a row, especially since this year they have a weaker team. Knezevic, Savchenko, and Ivanushchenko should've played

Moldova would be more competitive if their girls didn't all switch to Bulgaria (there were a few of them a few years ago who switched to Bulgaria and then did nothing afterwards), and Bolsova went to Spain recently and she was probably going to be their best player EVER

As for Greece, I hope Eleni actually plays since the last two years she was initially nominated but didn't end up going. She still doesn't hold any of the national Fed Cup records on the FedCup website, but she might finally break some of them if she plays. Also glad to see Grammatikopoulou here playing for the national team for the first time, which basically tells us she doesn't plan on switching nationalities like I originally thought might happen

Also we need a stable captain. We always had this guy Kalovelonis and then in 2012 Michalopoulos became captain and then Kalovelonis took over again in 2013 only for Michalopoulos to take over again in 2014?

EDIT-Wow I wrote way too much for Group III, I take this way too seriously
Vdovenco could still have played...
Greece will probably not beat Denmark because they will have Woz warm for the promo play-off. I am so conflicted because I really want to see a blockbuster Estonia/Denmark Play-Off but Estonia and Denmark really need to Qualify, especially Estonia, and it is possible that Denmark could win that clash. At least there will be streams

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Glad Ulrikke is playing...contrary to the statements made earlier in the thread...
Come on, everyone must be surprised she is playing
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