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- Dates: week commencing 6 May
- Location: Chisinau, Moldova


Teams

Armenia
Cyprus
Denmark
Egypt
Ireland
Kenya
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Madagascar
Malta
Moldova
Morocco
Namibia
Norway
Rwanda


Format

- Round-robin basis. One pool of three teams Pool A and three pools of four teams Pools B, C and D.

- Play starts on Wednesday.

- The winner of Pool A will Play-off against the winner of Pool C and the winner of Pool B will Play-off against the winner of Pool D to determine which two nations will advance to the Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2014.

- All the other nations will compete in the same manner for the positional Play-offs.

- The fourth nation in Pool B will compete against the fourth nation in Pool D.

- The fourth nation in Pool C will not compete in the positional Play-offs.

- Two promoted.
 

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I think it is the only tournament when Norway - richest country in the world will play in the same league as Rwanda. :p
And lose. :rolls:

Actually I think Norway played Rwanda at cricket once.
 

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Players with WTA ranking per nation

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[B]Nation          players       rankings[/B]

Armenia            1             449
Cyprus             0
Denmark            2             10, 549
Egypt              3             757, 1020, 1059
Ireland            1             514
Kenya              0
Lesotho            0
Liechtenstein      2             205, 560
Madagascar         1             559
Malta              0
Moldova            1             729
Morocco            2             1102, 1135
Namibia            0
Norway             2             296, 1107
Rwanda             0
Denmark is without Caro, so they're basically on the same level as Armenia, Ireland, Madagascar, Moldova (ranking-wise). And much worse than Liechtenstein, Egypt and Norway. I can't see a promotion happening this year. Being a home team should benefit Moldova.

Denmark's team is Karen Barbat, Mai Grage, Maria Jespersen, Karina Jacobsgaard, Malou Ejdesgaard. Any news about the other teams (I hope Norway's Eikeri will be back from her injury)?
 

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Norway's Team: Hedda Ødegaard, Melanie Stokke, Andrea Raaholt & Caroline Rohde-Moe.

Norway without their two ranked players Ulrikke Eikeri & Emma Flood! The participation of Caroline Rohde-Moe is also doubtful because of US College playoffs according to tennis.no :sad:
 

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I think it is the only tournament when Norway - richest country in the world will play in the same league as Rwanda. :p
yeah, what a shame :eek: - And our 2013 team is without our two best (Ulrikke Eikeri and Emma Flood), so we might be kicked out of Fed cup all together after this year :devil:

There are some light in the dark tunnel as our federation has a co-operation with Belgium these days and Carl Maes is here frequently and very much involved e.g. in setting up the clubs.

The good side is that we can follow ANY player, so I'll stick to Nadal and Azarenka as "my" players :cool: Go Rafa :tape:
 

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Armenia - Nune Khachatryan, Ofelya Poghosyan, Anna Movsisyan (playing captain)

Cyprus - Mara Argyriou, Maria Siopacha, Joanna-Nena Savva, Andria Tsaggaridou, Nickolas Papadopoulos (captain)

Denmark - Karen Barbat, Mai Grage, Malou Ejdesgaard, Maria Jespersen, Kenneth Carlsen (captain)

Egypt - Magy Aziz, Sandra Samir, Mora Eshak, Khaled Farouk (captain)

Ireland - Sinead Lohan, Jenny Claffey, Rachael Dillon, Jane Fennelly, Yvonne Doyle (captain)

Kenya - Shufaa Ruwa, Caroline Odour, Everlyne Otula, Stephanie Mbaya, Jane Njeri Onyango (captain)

Liechtenstein - Stephanie Vogt, Kathinka von Deichmann, Lynn Zund, Sandra Hinterberger, Daniel Kieber (captain)

Madagascar - Zarah Razafimahatratra, Nantenaina Ramalalaharivololona, Sandra Andriamarosoa, Hariniony Nenettre Andrimananarivo, Natacha Randrianteft (captain)

Malta - Elaine Genovese, Brenda Galea, Roseann Dimech, Esther Muscat, Helen Asciak (captain)

Moldova - Anastasia Vdovenco, Gabriela Porubin, Julia Helbet, Melisa Martinov, Olga Cosic (captain)

Morocco - Fatima El Allami, Nadina Lalami, Lina Qostal, Lamia Essaadi (playing captain)

Namibia - Rieke Honiball, Liniques Theron, Lesedi Sheya Jacobs, Elizma Nortje (captain)

Norway - Caroline Rohde-Moe, Hedda Odegaard, Melanie Stokke, Andrea Raaholt, Jorgen Vestli (captain)
 

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Karen Barbat's knee has not healed, so Denmark's Team is without their two ranked players (Caro & Karen). Will be fun! At least it won't be Denmark's 3rd consecutive relegation ;)

It seems like Martine Ditlev has been called in as a reserve player (my guesswork based on unofficial tweets). GL!
 

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I've not really followed Group III before, so I don't know how it usually is. Maybe there will be livescore from some matches? All I know is that the Danish Tennis Federation usually posts livescore on their homepage or facebook from Denmarks Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches.

I don't see the schedule posted anywhere but According to Norway's Federation, Norway will play against Cyprus Wednesday 10:00 CET. Norway's player in the first match is #2 singles Melanie Stokke (NOR). Norway's #1 single is Hedda Ødegaard. Source: www.tennis.no.
 
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