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Another try to get out of Europe/Africa Zone !


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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

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What do you think about the chances ?
It all depends who will play for each country.
For Croatia to have any chance both Vekic and Martic should play but I doubt they will.
More likely it will be Mrdeza and Lukas.
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

https://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-resu...rica/2019.aspx

Event A

Dates: 6-9 February 2019
Venue: Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa
City: Zielona Gora, Poland
Surface: Hard (indoors)
Tickets: Centre Court (3 categories: 5 / 10 / 20 PLN per day). Family Ticket: 10 PLN per day. (www.abilet.pl)

Event B

Dates: 6-9 February 2019
Venue: University of Bath
City: Bath, England
Surface: Hard (indoors)

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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

Format

Event A - Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Sweden

Event B - Great Britain, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Georgia, Slovenia

Round-robin basis.

Seven teams will compete in Zielona Gora on 6-9 February 2019, across one Pool of 4 teams and one Pool of 3 teams (Pools A & B). The winners of each pool will play-off to determine which nation from Zielona Gora will advance to the World Group II play-offs.

Eight other teams will compete in Bath, Great Britain on 6-9 February 2019, across two teams of 4 Pools (Pools A & B). The winners of each pool will play-off to determine which nation from Bath will advance to the World Group II play-offs.

Two promoted (one from each of Event A & B)
Two relegated (one from each of Event A & B)

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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

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It all depends who will play for each country.
For Croatia to have any chance both Vekic and Martic should play but I doubt they will.
More likely it will be Mrdeza and Lukas.
Croatia can be glad that Russia and Ukraine play in the other group.
So Croatia is lucky with the draw for sure. To win this group is possible !
But of course Croatia MUST go with their best team: Martic, Vekic and Jurak must play !
Martic + Vekic are Top 35 ! And Jurak is Top 50 in doubles -> a strong team
(A big question is also if big talent Konjuh will be ready then ???)

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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

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(A big question is also if big talent Konjuh will be ready then ???)
I seriously doubt she'll commit to it this time. Don't see her on any onf the entry lists for 2019 so far, so it looks like she's missing the entire Aussie swing, and is probably targeting Doha/Dubai for February return. So I'd say it would be too soon to expect her back in the team.

Yes, until we know the nominations we don't really know anything. I'd like to see the strongest team possible, but with both Donna and Petra around their best ever rankings ATM, something tells me their focus will be on their personal achivements this time around.

Fett could've been a nice addition to the team, had her 2018 not taken such a horrible course.
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

Konjuh looked so promising, but her career now is a big mess !

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N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

It's Vekic, Fett, Lukas, Konjuh, Jurak.

No explanation why there's not Martic. Hopefully Konjuh can get some wins until then. Good to see Jurak in for doubles.
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It's Vekic, Fett, Lukas, Konjuh, Jurak.
That would be an OK team--assuming none of them withdraw.
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

A strong team !
Almost best. Only Martic is missing
I'm a bit shocked that Konjuh is ready to play.

Croatia has a big chance to get out of Europe/Africa zone !
Because the very strong Ukraine (Svitolina, Tsurenko, Yastremska) is in Poland.

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N. Petrova A. Chakvetadze A. Myskina L. Davenport M. Hingis
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

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It's Vekic, Fett, Lukas, Konjuh, Jurak.

No explanation why there's not Martic. Hopefully Konjuh can get some wins until then. Good to see Jurak in for doubles.
Fett? Lukas? Konjuh?
What are the back up options? Vrljic? Boskovic? Drazic?


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Lukas has made some improvements last year, but I think I'd still prefer Mrdeza in the team over her.

And Konjuh/Fett will both easily benefit more from this than the team. They each need some lower-pressure matches, Ana for physical, Jana for psychological reasons, where they wouldn't have to think about ranking points or blowing up a protected ranking chance, so good for both of them. I just hope the team gets something out of it too.
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

https://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-resu...rica/2019.aspx

Donna Vekic
Jana Fett
Tena Lukas
Ana Konjuh
Darija Jurak
Captain Iva Majoli (CRO)

Did Iva Majoli explain why she did not nominate Martic ?
Or why Martic declined ?

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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

We drew Serbia, Turkey and Georgia.
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Re: Fed Cup Croatia 2019

https://www.fedcup.com/en/news/299024.aspx

"Anne Keothavong's side, who are set to contest Fed Cup on home soil for the first time in 25 years next month, have avoided Croatia and their star player Donna Vekic - the highest ranked player in the event at No. 29 - in the group stages..."

Which is great, but the team might lose her soon, if they don't progress to the World Group
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