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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 09:29 AM   #1
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Any stars on the horizon from an unlikely tennis country?

I was just scanning the FedCup website and I was amazed at the players that we have never or will never hear of competing in FedCup this year and from the past.

I am sure most don't know that there are players competing from places like Iceland, Malta and Nigeria.

I remember last year someone talking of a young girl from Fiji who had beaten veteran Aussie Rachel McQuillan in a exhibition.

Anyone remember her name? And does anyone know of a potential tennis star possibly rising from a country not known for producing tennis players?
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 09:33 AM   #2
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Yeh, I saw the Maltese player who is like 40 and has played in all Fed Cups since she was in her 20's ... but its just a hobby for her, and she is their No.1 player i believe.

In Malta, when my cousins went (I am Maltese) there was a hairdresser who was going to compete in the olympics for some sport
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 09:47 AM   #3
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You are talking about Carol Curmi right? Is she in her 40's now?
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 10:16 AM   #4
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No .... Helen Asciak .... she is 40 this year.

she has played a total of 57 matches for Fed cup. W/L - 29/28.
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Yeh, I saw the Maltese player who is like 40 and has played in all Fed Cups since she was in her 20's ... but its just a hobby for her, and she is their No.1 player i believe.
Wow, good for her.

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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 02:52 PM   #6
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NEJSSA ETIENNE from haiti, ranked 481 in the world, played a nice first round at the olympic games in sydney, but i forgot to whom she lost...
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I've always said one of the things that attracted me to tennis was the international flavor of it. I enjoy seeing players from smaller nations make a mark on the tennis scene. Dally Randriantefy from Madagascar, SElima Sfar from Tunisia, Karen Kschwendt from Luxembourg initially, the Moroccans, Alami, Arazi and El Aanoyoui, Zuluaga from Colombia. Hopefully, this will remain a part of the game.
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NEJSSA ETIENNE from haiti, ranked 481 in the world, played a nice first round at the olympic games in sydney, but i forgot to whom she lost...
Talaja, 6-0 6-1 or 6-1 6-0. But she was pretty young then.
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I think Curmi is still competing too. At least they have her on that site under two different names. She is in her late 30s now I think.
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The mens number one junior is from Cyprus! That suprised me.
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Talking about Neyssa Etienne...does anyone know anything about her...I met her at the US Open one year and she was really sweet...

She has only played one tourney this year...i wonder if she decided to to to College
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In mens tennis Markos Baghdatis of Cyprus will be huge.
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KSCHWENDT calls herself "european" - she played years for germany (with career-high-rank 37!) and changed then nationality to become austrian. but i never heard that she also played for luxembourg.
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Talaja, 6-0 6-1 or 6-1 6-0. But she was pretty young then.
oh, this is not that impressive... but you're right, i think she was 14 years old at that time.
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