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Arrow Fed Cup July 2003

Didn't see this thread so far, so here we go!


Go Belgian team!
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post #2 of 81 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 2003, 07:10 PM
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Come on Belgium !!!

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According to report in La Dernière Heure, July 15, 2003:

translated and edited by Ingrid

Belgian captain Van Aken told the newspaper that Kim would join the Belgian team's practice sessions in Charleroi as of today because Kim had some sponsor tasks and a check-up of her shoulder on Monday.

The tie played in the Spiroudrome will be on Decoturf which is quite similar to the hardcourt surfaces in the upcoming US season, according to Van Aken.

He added that Kim has booked her flight to the US on Monday after the fed cup tie, thus contradicting speculation that Kim wouldn't play on Sunday. "...Even if we lead 2-0 on Saturday, even then we will need Kim to bring us the third point on Sunday."

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Go Belgium!
Anyone planning to go?
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yup, you Elke?
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Go Belgium!

Lucky you guys. You get to watch the Fed Cup. Unfortunately for me it's going to be tough as no-one cares about the belgium team here in austria... imagine, there wasn't even a coverage when they played the austrian team here. At least, no real one.

Well, to everyone who gets the chance to watch it live... : Oh, I hate you!
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I hope that Kim plays well in the Fed Cup, but I worry about her next tournament--the time difference from Belgium to San Francisco is around 9 hours, and arriving on Monday doesn't give her much time to get in the swing of things. If Justine weren't facing the same challenge, I'd be worried. It's very important for Kim to defend her points now, or Justine will overtake her.
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Kim only joined the Fed Cup team today because her check-up for her shoulder took more time than it was supposed to yesterday!

I hope she's ok!!

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yep, Axel... let's hope nothing is wrong with Kim's shoulder, that it is just thorough checking that happened (as I think it was). x fingers though


Latest news from Charleroi (press conference)

Slovakian team weakened even more:

Cervanova has a shoulder injury. She won't play. Instead they will have 16 year old Jarmila Gajdosova, world number 241.
Team consists of: Gajdasova, Husarova, Kurhajcova and Fislova.

Kim Clijsters comments: (my own translation): "In case we would reach the finals, I'd love to be part of it then." (we too )

The president of the Royal Tennis Association of Belgium, Yves Freson, would like to organise a possible final in Belgium. However, there would be location issues: "Nothing is available in Brussels or Antwerp for these days, all venues are booked for other events then, and Bree just might be too small then. That leaves us Charleroi and Ghent. So you see that it's about time that Belgium would get a big multifunctional sports hall in Brussels", dixit Freson. (my own translation)

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dunno if Bree's too small, but def. far from easy to get there. At least it's a new venue, just like Charleroi has with the Spiroudrome. Does anyone know for a fact if Ghent has a decent venue btw? I don't think so
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I'm not going, it's too far!

Ghent is pretty good, I think, they have Flanders Expo there. There has been Fed Cup before.

Bree is indeed too small, just a bit more than 3000.

Maybe we can organise a trip to the semis in Antwerp??
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This afternoon there was an interview on Radio 1 with Kim and with Ivo Van Aken. I was working when I heared it, so I don't recall the interviews completely, but this was more or less the content:

Kim said she really needed a rest after Wimbledon, she felt she wasn't so eager to train anymore, and that was a sign of her body she had to listen to. So she didn't do anything for 5 days. But when the reporter asked, it turned out that she didn't touch a racket in those days, but she did go to the fitness, she did her shoulder excercises, and she went jogging ( not what I call doing nothing ). She did not say anything about her shoulder bothering her. *phew*
And then there was the ususal talk about not underestimating the opponent etc., but she did admit they ought to win 4-1 of 5-0.
They also talked a little about Hantuchova not playing, and the possible reason for that. Kim said she didn't know, but that she and Daniela were good friends, and that she would see her again in the States during the hardcourt season.

And then Ivo Van Aken. He also said they ougth to win easily, but he had preferred Hantuchova to be there, because now people would say they won because DH wasn't there. And he did not consider Daniela being such a good player, our girls are better in every aspect of the game (his words, not mine, although I agree of course )
Re the semi's, he said they already applied for them, but so did the USA and France; and it depended a bit on the result of the US against Italy, because semi's and final are in the same country, and the ITF prefers to play in the country most likely to play the final. Problem of course is that they don't know when Belgium plays the US...
Finally they talked about the FedCup formula, and that it still doesn't really work, and Ivo blamed the WTA for overloading the calendar with high ranked tournaments, what leaves little time for Fed Cup, and makes the calendar even more overloaded, and results in injuries...
He said the organising bodies should sit together and work things out.

Héhe, that was it, sort of. You know.
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Thanks a lot, nicky!
You surely did catch everything. I didn't hear it on the radio, but have just read the report on VRT teletext before I got here, really, your report is top quality!

LOL @ Kim's description of doing nothing (although I shouldn't be talking or smiling, I dare to state I haven't done a thing and then I did this and that, though )

Re the Fed Cup vs the WTA schedule: we hear that each year, last year they also said they were having talks with the WTA to reorganise things... hasn't there been a year in which nothing got changed after all? I have sort of given up on common sense in this regard... as long as WTA and ITF aren't really taking things seriously, things will suck. One also has to admit that as long as no decent promo and work is done for Fed Cup, that it won't have a similar prestige as Davis Cup has made for itself over the years imo.
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I'm not going, it's too far!

Ghent is pretty good, I think, they have Flanders Expo there. There has been Fed Cup before.
Right, that's so true, forgotten about that venue ! Now that one at least has a great parking facility, easy to get there too, even by bus.

I was thinking of that other hall in Ghent, that's already pretty old (although I do hope they have restored/modernised it by now )
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just fyi:

For the ones who understand French: link to website:http://www.sport.be/fedcup/charleroi/fr/

For the ones who master Dutch:
http://www.sport.be/fedcup/charleroi/nl/

The website (both French and Dutch version) will also contain some latest pics of practice sessions and all. The pics of the first practice day of the Belgians are up now, but none of Kim as she wasn't there yet. (was excused because of medical check-up of her shoulder)
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post #15 of 81 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 2003, 06:46 AM
 
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For who was asking there is a big arena in Ghent (not 100% sure of what it is called) I think Flanders Arena But anyway it hosted the 2001 World Artistic gymnastics championships.
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