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<font size=5>2001 FWTA FED CUP!</font>

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Welcome players and spectators alike to the beautiful city of Madrid, Spain for this year's FWTA Federation Cup.

In it's first year, the Federation Cup is designed to promote sportsmanship and passion when playing for your country.

This week's event is set on the tough clay-courts of Madrid and it promises to be a test of class and skill in order to determine which nation will be crowned the best in the world.

Here is a Team List:

JAPAN

OBATA, Saori<br />SUGIYAMA, Ai

OBATA, Saori/SUGIYAMA, Ai

<br />SPAIN

LEON-GARCIA, Gala<br />SERNA, Magui

LEON-GARCIA Gala/SERNA, Magui

<br />GREAT BRITAIN

LATIMER, Louise<br />KEOTHAVONG, Anne

<br />UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

WILLIAMS, Venus<br />DAVENPORT, Lindsay<br />SELES, Monica

WILLIAMS, Venus/DAVENPORT, Lindsay

<br />SWITZERLAND

SCHNYDER, Patty<br />HINGIS, Martina

HINGIS, Martina/SCHNYDER, Patty

<br />RUSSIA

DEMENTIEVA, Elena<br />KOURNIKOVA, Anna<br />PETROVA, Nadia

DEMENTIEVA, Elena/KOURNIKOVA, Anna

<br />FRANCE

TESTUD, Sandrine<br />MAURESMO, Amelie<br />TAUZIAT, Nathalie

TESTUD, Sandrine/MAURESMO, Amelie

<br />GERMANY

HUBER, Anke<br />KANDARR, Jana

<br />HUBER, Anke/KANDARR, Jana

<br />CZECH REPUBLIC

NOVOTNA, Jana<br />BEDANOVA, Daja<br />HRDLICKOVA, Kveta

NOVOTNA, Jana/BEDANOVA, Daja

<br />AUSTRALIA

PRATT, Nicole<br />MOLIK, Alicia

PRATT, Nicole/MOLIK, Alicia

<br />THE DRAW:

The Fed Cup is a 2 week event and features a round robin stage followed by an elimination round.

Unlike other team events, this event shall feature tour points to encourage players to participate. If your team should lose in the round-robin stage, you will walk away with 54 pts. Should you make the semi finals, you will have 90 pts and the losing finalist will have 120 pts. The winning nation's players will walk away with 150 pts.

<br />GROUP MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

(1) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA<br />CZECH REPUBLIC<br />FRANCE<br />(3) JAPAN<br />SPAIN

<br />GROUP BILLIE JEAN KING

(2) GREAT BRITAIN<br />AUSTRALIA<br />GERMANY<br />(4) SWITZERLAND<br />RUSSIA

<br />Good Luck to all players involved and the draw for the Coupe Belgique in Brussels will be released soon as well as the Federation Cup Schedule of Play!
 

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<font size=5>2001 FWTA Coupe Belgique!</font>

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This week, we visit the stunning city of Brussels in Belgium for the first annual Coupe Belgique.

Several of the world's top 10 players are in action this week at the Tier II event, meaning that the competition will be hot.

And so's the weather in Belgium with surprisingly warm days at the moment, the players will be looking to relax and have fun as their counterparts do battle in the arena of the Fed Cup.

SINGLES DRAW:

<center>(1) Magdalena Grzybowska (POL) vs BYE<br />Asa Carlsson (SWE) def Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-2 4-6 6-3<br />Dinara Safina (RUS) def Justine Henin (BEL) 6-3 1-6 6-3<br />(6) Maria Vento (VEN) def Eleni Danilidou (GRE) 6-7(2) 7-6(10) 7-5

Marie Gaiane Mikaelian (SWI) def (8) Conchita Martinez (ESP) 1-6 6-3 6-3<br />Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) def Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-3 1-6 6-4 <br />Jennifer Capriati (USA) def Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) 7-6(8) 6-7(10) 7-6(23)<br />(4) Jelena Dokic (YUG) vs BYE

(3) Iva Majoli (CRO) vs BYE<br />Zsofia Gubacsi (HUN) vs Chanda Rubin (USA)<br />Q-Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) vs Barbara Schett (AUT)<br />(7) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) vs Lisa Raymond (USA)

(5) Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs Sonya Jeyaseelan (CAN)<br />Serena Williams (USA) vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA)<br />Kveta Hrdlickova (CZE) vs Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA)<br />(2) Amanda Coetzer (RSA) vs BYE</center>

Qualifying:

<center>Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) def Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 3-6 7-5 7-5</center>

DOUBLES DRAW:

<center>(1) Coetzer/Schiavone vs BYE<br />Stevenson/Vento vs Danilidou/Jeyaseelan<br />Harkleroad/Mikaelian vs Tanasugarn/Hrdlickova<br />(3) Carlsson/Likhovtseva vs Tulyaganova/Henin

(4) Majoli/Maleeva vs Sanchez-Vicario/Raymond<br />Capriati/S Williams vs Krasnoroutskaya/Safina<br />Rubin/Pierce vs Grzybowska/Gubacsi<br />(2) Dokic/Martinez vs BYE</center>

[ November 12, 2001: Message edited by: ILUVJELENA ]</p>
 

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<center>FED CUP SCHEDULE OF PLAY!

DAY ONE:

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA:

<br />CZECH REPUBLIC VS FRANCE

Jana NOVOTNA vs Sandrine TESTUD

Daja BEDANOVA vs Amelie MAURESMO

Bedanova/Novotna vs Testud/Mauresmo

<br />(3) JAPAN vs SPAIN

Saori OBATA vs Gala LEON-GARCIA

Ai SUGIYAMA vs Magui SERNA

Obata/Sugiyama vs Leon-Garcia/Serna

GROUP JEAN-KING

<br />AUSTRALIA vs GERMANY

Nicole PRATT vs Anke HUBER

Alicia MOLIK vs Jana KANDARR

Pratt/Molik vs Huber/Kandarr

<br />(4) SWITZERLAND vs RUSSIA

Patty SCHNYDER vs Elena DEMENTIEVA

Martina HINGIS vs Anna KOURNIKOVA

Schnyder/Hingis vs Dementieva/Kournikova

DAY TWO:

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA

<br />(1) UNITED STATES vs CZECH REPUBLIC

<br />Venus WILLIAMS vs Jana NOVOTNA

Lindsay DAVENPORT vs Daja BEDANOVA

Williams/Davenport vs Novotna/Bedanova

<br />GROUP JEAN-KING:

<br />(2) GREAT BRITAIN vs AUSTRALIA

<br />Louise LATIMER vs Nicole PRATT

Anne KEOTHAVONG vs Alicia MOLIK

Latimer/Keothavong vs Pratt/Molik

DAY THREE:

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA:

<br />FRANCE vs (3) JAPAN

Sandrine TESTUD vs Saori OBATA

Amelie MAURESMO vs Ai SUGIYAMA

Testud/Mauresmo vs Obata/Sugiyama

(1) UNITED STATES vs SPAIN

Venus WILLIAMS vs Gala LEON-GARCIA

Lindsay DAVENPORT vs Magui SERNA

Williams/Davenport vs Leon-Garcia/Serna

<br />GROUP JEAN-KING:

<br />(4) SWITZERLAND vs GERMANY

Patty SCHNYDER vs Anke HUBER

Martina HINGIS vs Jana KANDARR

Schnyder/Hingis vs Huber/Kandarr

<br />(2) GREAT BRITAIN vs RUSSIA

Louise LATIMER vs Elena DEMENTIEVA

Anne KEOTHAVING vs Anna KOURNIKOVA

Keothavong/Latimer vs Dementieva/Kournikova

<br />DAY FOUR:

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA

<br />(1) UNITED STATES vs FRANCE

Venus WILLIAMS vs Sandrine TESTUD

Lindsay DAVENPORT vs Amelie MAURESMO

Williams/Davenport vs Testud/Mauresmo

<br />(3) JAPAN vs CZECH REPUBLIC

Saori OBATA vs Jana NOVOTNA

Ai SUGIYAMA vs Daja BEDANOVA

Obata/Sugiyama vs Novotna/Bedanova

GROUP JEAN-KING:

(2) GREAT BRITAIN vs GERMANY

Louise LATIMER vs Anke HUBER

Anne KEOTHAVONG vs Jana KANDARR

Latimer/Keothavong vs Huber/Kandarr

<br />AUSTRALIA vs RUSSIA

Nicole PRATT vs Elena DEMENTIEVA

Alicia MOLIK vs Anna KOURNIKOVA

Molik/Pratt vs Dementieva/Kournikova

DAY FIVE:

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA:

<br />(1) UNITED STATES vs (3) JAPAN

<br />Venus WILLIAMS vs Saori OBATA

Lindsay DAVENPORT vs Ai SUGIYAMA

Williams/Davenport vs Sugiyama/Obata

<br />GROUP JEAN-KING:

<br />(2) GREAT BRITAIN vs (4) SWITZERLAND

Louise LATIMER vs Patty SCHNYDER

Anne KEOTHAVONG vs Martina HINGIS

Keothavong/Latimer vs Schnyder/Hingis

DAY SIX:

Semi Finals

DAY SEVEN:

Final</center>

<br />This event will run over 1 week and not 2, the Carlsberg Ladies International will have a 52 player draw with a Tournament Status as a Tier I
 

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Thans FED cup looks great!
 

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KEOTHAVONG READY TO PLAY FOR COUNTRY

Anne Keothavong said today how much she loves playing for her country,Great Britain in any competion!<br />'I love these kind of Team events there very exciting and great fun.I love playing FED cup and i'm playing Hopman Cup in January so i can't wait to play!'<br />After the shock announcement of her fued with Louise Latimer she was asked how she will play doubles!<br />'Well it'll be tough but i will have to just get on with it and ignore my feelings.On a tennis court the only thing that matters is the tennis everything else has to be left in the locker room'!
 

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good luck to team JAPAN!!! world number one saoriobata and the in-form Ai Sugiyama will prove to be very hard to beat as they are very smart tacticly, very quick and have the never say die attitude!

BTW... same points please! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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<font size=5>2001 FWTT FED CUP!</font>

<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA:

<br />CZECH REPUBLIC VS FRANCE

<br /><center>Sandrine TESTUD def Jana NOVOTNA 6-3 2-6 7-6(7)

Amelie MAURESMO def Daja BEDANOVA 6-4 1-6 6-4

Testud/Mauresmo def Bedanova/Novotna 7-6(3) 3-6 7-5

<br />FRANCE def CZECH REPUBLIC 3-0!</center>

(3) JAPAN vs SPAIN

<br /><center>Saori OBATA def Gala LEON-GARCIA 7-6(1) 4-6 7-6(4)

Magui SERNA def Ai SUGIYAMA 7-6(9) 6-1

Obata/Sugiyama def Leon-Garcia/Serna 7-6(0) 2-6 6-3

<br />(3) JAPAN def SPAIN 2-1!</center>

GROUP JEAN-KING

<br />AUSTRALIA vs GERMANY

<br /><center>Nicole PRATT def Anke HUBER 6-3 1-6 6-4

Jana KANDARR def Alicia MOLIK 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3

Huber/Kandarr def Molik/Pratt 4-6 7-5 7-5

<br />GERMANY def AUSTRALIA 2-1!</center>

(4) SWITZERLAND vs RUSSIA

Elena DEMENTIEVA def Patty SCHNYDER 3-6 6-3 6-3

Martina HINGIS def Anna KOURNIKOVA 6-3 2-6 6-3

Dementieva/Kournikova def Schnyder/Hingis 0-6 6-3 6-2

<br />RUSSIA def (4) SWITZERLAND 2-1!</center>

GROUP STANDINGS:

<br />Group Navratilova:

<br />1 - FRANCE 1-0 (+3)<br />2 - (3) JAPAN 1-0 (+2)<br />3 - (1) UNITED STATES 0-0 (+0)<br />4 - SPAIN 0-1 (-2)<br />5 - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-1 (-3)

<br />Group Jean-King:

1 - RUSSIA 1-0 (+2)<br />2 - GERMANY 1-0 (+2)<br />3 - (2) GREAT BRITAIN 0-0 (+0)<br />4 - (4) SWITZERLAND 0-1 (-2)<br />5 - AUSTRALIA 0-1 (-2)
 

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lindasy has just sent in her points! please accept them for team usa!
 

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ORDER OF PLAY:

<br />Coupe Belgique

<br />Court Van Roost - Start at 11am

<center><br />(8) Conchita Martinez (ESP) vs Marie Gaiane Mikaelian (SWI)

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) vs Asa Carlsson (SWE)

Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) vs Mary Pierce (FRA)

Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) vs Jennifer Capriati (USA)<br /></center>

<br />Court Appelmans - Start at 2am

<center><br />(8) Maria Vento (VEN) vs Eleni Danilidou (GRE)

Dinara Safina (RUS) vs Justine Henin (BEL)

Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) vs Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)<br /></center>
 

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<font size=4>Players on Day One!</font><br /><center><br />


Amelie Mauresmo hits a forehand against Daja Bedanova



Sandrine Testud celebrates after defeating Jana Novotna



Jana Novotna returns a shot to Sandrine Testud



Conchita Martinz serves to Ai Sugiyama



Ai Sugiyama serves to Conchita Martinez



Patty Schnyder cries after losing to Elena Dementieva



Elena Dementieva celebrates after defeating Patty Schnyder



Anna Kournikova serves to Martina Hingis



Martina Hingis celebrates after defetaing Anna Kournikova



Anke Huber is worried after dropping the first set to Nicole Pratt.



Alicia Molik is not happy with a line call in her match against Jana Kandarr<br /></center>
 

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Udachi Russia! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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GOOD LUCK TO GBR 2MORR!
 

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TEAM USA GOES FOR THE CUP



the united states fed cup team goes for yet another championship as they tackle the czech republic in their first pairing in this years fed cup. the US team is composed of Venus williams, Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles. Williams and Davenport would anchor both singles play and also the doubles play. Seles would be the alternate.



<br />the Williams-Davenport pairing is not new as the team played in the nations cup several weeks ago and wiining the title comprehensively.

comments from davenport, "we hope to bring it home to our country again. our team is so excited for fed cup this year and with such a great draw, we hope the crowd be excied as well. venus would be wonderful in singles and i think she is just marvelous as a partner in doubles. of course, monica is wonderful as always."

the czech team is composed of jana novotna, kveteslave hrdlickova and daja bedanova. williams clashed with novotna in the first match and davenport battles bedanova in the other.
 

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<font size=5>2001 FWTA Coupe Belgique: Day One!</font>

<center>Marie Gaiane Mikaelian (SWI) def (8) Conchita Martinez (ESP) 1-6 6-3 6-3

Asa Carlsson (SWE) def Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-2 4-6 6-3

Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) def Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-3 1-6 6-4

Jennifer Capriati (USA) def Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) 7-6(8) 6-7(10) 7-6(23)

(8) Maria Vento (VEN) def Eleni Danilidou (GRE) 6-7(2) 7-6(10) 7-5

Dinara Safina (RUS) def Justine Henin (BEL) 6-3 1-6 6-3

Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) def Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 3-6 7-5 7-5</center>
 

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<font size=5>FWTA FED CUP!</font>



<br />GROUP NAVRATILOVA

<br />(1) UNITED STATES vs CZECH REPUBLIC

<br />Venus WILLIAMS def Jana NOVOTNA 6-4 7-6(5)

Lindsay DAVENPORT def Daja BEDANOVA 6-3 0-6 6-2

Williams/Davenport def Novotna/Bedanova 6-0 3-6 6-2

<br />(1) UNITED STATES def CZECH REPUBLIC 3-0!

GROUP JEAN-KING:

<br />(2) GREAT BRITAIN vs AUSTRALIA

<br />Louise LATIMER def Nicole PRATT 6-4 4-6 7-6(5)

Anne KEOTHAVONG def Alicia MOLIK 7-5 2-6 6-3

Latimer/Keothavong def Pratt/Molik 6-3 6-1

<br />(2) GREAT BRITAIN def AUSTRALIA 3-0!

<br />GROUP STANDINGS:

<br />Group Navratilova:

1 - (1) UNITED STATES (+3)<br />2 - FRANCE (+3)<br />3 - (3) JAPAN (+2)<br />4 - SPAIN 0-1 (-2)<br />5 - CZECH REPUBLIC 0-2 (-6)

<br />Group Jean-King

1 - (2) GREAT BRITAIN 1-0 (+3)<br />2 - RUSSIA 1-0 (+2)<br />3 - GERMANY 1-0 (+2)<br />4 - (4) SWITZERLAND 0-1 (-2)<br />5 - AUSTRALIA 0-2 (-5)</center>
 

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TEAM USA SCORES FIRST WIN

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the US team defeated czechs yesterday to score a win in the FED CUP. venus williams upended jana novotna 6-4 7-6(5) and lindsay davenport outlasted daja bedanova 6-3 0-6 6-2. williams and davenport also won the doubles to sweep the czech team 3-0.

lindsay davenport speaks, "i felt kinda down in that second set where i got blitz but billie, venus and monica just kept pumping me up. its great that we scored a good win because jana's team is pretty tough."

Team USA would try to score a win over the spaniards tomorrow. venus williams is matched with gala leon garcia and lindsay davenport is up against magui serna.
 

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<font size=5 color=yellow>Team USA Sweeps Czech Republic 3-0!!!</font>

<table><tr><td valign=top><br /><img src="http://archive.sportserver.com/newsroom/ap/oth/2001/oth/ten/arts/090701/ten93084.jpeg" width=250></td><td><br /><img src="http://archive.sportserver.com/newsroom/ap/oth/2001/oth/ten/arts/080201/ten75027.jpeg" width=250></td></tr></table>

Press Release from Venus Williams:

I want to thank Lindsay (Davenport) and Billie Jean (King) for their support. If Billie hadn't insisted on me serving and volleying, I think the scoreline against Jana (Novotna) would have been much more closer. Lindsay and I have great chemistry together, I mean, we won the Nations Cup a few weeks ago, that was our first match playing together because normally, Serena's my doubles partner. We hope to have another USA sweep tomorrow against the Spaniards Gala Leon Garcia and Magui Serna.


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<font size=4>Coupe Belgique: Day Two!</font><br /><center><br />Chanda Rubin (USA) def Zsofia Gsubacsi (HUN) 7-6(5) 6-4

Q-Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) def Barbara Schett (AUT) 6-4 2-6 6-4

Lisa Raymond (USA) def Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 6-3 2-6 7-6(1)

Sonya Jeyaseelan (CAN) def (5) Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 1-6 6-3 7-6(5)

Serena Williams (USA) def Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 7-6(9) 3-6 6-3

Kveta Hrdlickova (CZE) def Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 7-6(9) 6-2

Stevenson/Vento def Danilidou/Jeyaseelan 4-6 6-4 6-4

Harkleroad/Mikaelian def Tanasugarn/Hrdlickova 6-4 1-6 7-5

(3) Carlsson/Likhovtseva def Tulyaganova/Henin 6-3 1-6 6-3

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Any more FED cup results?
 

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GBR GET CLEAN SWEEP!

GBR got a 3-0 win over Austrailia yesterday in their first FED cup match.It started when Louise Latimer beat Nicole PRATT 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) in a great tennis match.Then 1-0 up Anne Keothavong claimed a second win when she beat Alicia Molik 7-5 2-6 6-3.<br />'I thought i played well.Clay is my worst surface and i took time to adjust from Hard/Indoor from the past few weeks!After being down 0-4 in the first i was very angry but i composed myself and fought back.Alicia played well in the second but by the third i was hitting pleanty of winners and keeping my erroe count down!'<br />Asked about the prospect of playing the USA in the final she said<br />'Well if we get to the final and play them as the seeding would suggest it'll be tough.I beat Linday last week 7-6 6-0 on hard her best surface so i am confident but then again me and Louise lost the champions cup to them 7-6 6-4 so if we do play it'll be close.First of all i wanna get the group stage out of the way so i'm taking it one match at a time!<br />I can't wait to play the swiss though cos i'll be playing Patty in doubles that'll be fun!'
 
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