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Dates: 12-15 April 2016
Venue: True Arena Hua Hin
City: Hua Hin, Thailand
Surface: Hard - outdoor

Format
Round-robin basis. Three pools of three teams (Pools A, B and C) and one pool of four teams (Pool D)
The winners of Pools A and B will be drawn against the winners of Pools C and D to determine the first round of play-offs. The winners of those matches will play-off to determine which nation will be promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2017.
The remaining teams will compete in positional play-offs with the exception of the team finishing fourth in Pool D.
One promoted.

TEAMS
Bahrain - Maram Mohamed Sharif, Nazli Nader Redha, Malak Jasim Fardan
Indonesia - Beatrice Gumulya, Lavinia Tananta, Vita Mediana, Jessy Rompies
Iran - Sara Amiri, Sadaf Sadegh Vaziri, Ghazal Pakbaten, Ghazaleh Torkaman
Hong Kong China - Ling Zhang, Ho Ching Wu, Man Ying Maggie Ng, Chun-Wing Sher
Kyrgyzstan - Nelli Buyuklianova, Alina Lazareva, Tansykai Zhakshybaeva
Malaysia - Jawairiah Noordin, Theiviya Selvarajoo, Nurin Nabilah Roslan
Pacific Oceania - Steffi Carruthers, Abigail Tere-Apisah, Ayana Rengiil, Mayka Zima
Pakistan - Ushna Suhail, Sara Mansoor, Sarah Mahboob Khan
Philippines - Katharina Lehnert, Anna Clarice Patrimonio, Khim Iglupas
Singapore - Charmaine Shi Yi Seah, Yee Loon Goh, Ashley Kei Yim, Stefanie Tan
Sri Lanka - Thisuri Molligoda, Nethmi Himashi Waduge, Amreetha Muttiah, Medhira Samarasinghe
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
 

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No NZ yet again :eek:

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No Fed Cup again for New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and rising young guns

Tennis New Zealand hasn't entered a team to play in the Fed Cup for the second straight year.

While the likes of Bahrain, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pacific Oceania, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will all play in the Asia/ Oceania group II tie in Thailand in April, New Zealand will be missing.

Tennis NZ CEO Steve Johns admitted they wouldn't have been able to field a team that had a realistic chance of gaining promotion.

"It came down to our ability to put together a credible team that would compete with distinction," Johns said.

In 2011 New Zealand pulled out of the tournament at late notice when Marina Erakovic decided to play a WTA tournament instead and Sacha Jones was injured.

Because of this, New Zealand, who were world quarterfinalists in 1965 and 1971, was given a one-year ban and automatically relegated into group II by the International Tennis Federation.

New Zealand competed in 2013 and 2014.

Last month Erakovic, who with 18 wins has more Fed Cup singles victories than any other New Zealand player, was asked if she was keen on playing.

"I'm definitely available to play but is there a team?" Erakovic said.

"That's their (Tennis NZ's) department, to see the talent and who to send."

The inability to field a team highlights the state of women's tennis in New Zealand.

There are only two New Zealand women players with world rankings, Erakovic at 141 and Claudia Williams at 1182.

In the juniors, there's Jade Lewis at 60 and Rosie Cheng at 291. Tennis NZ are pinning hopes on 14-year-old Australian based Valentina Ivanov, who is one of three players in their elite targeted athletes programme.

Cheng and Lewis will be 18 next year and look to have bright futures ahead of them. Lewis is likely to go on to the women's circuit, and Cheng is heading down the US college path.

"It would be our preference to put a team in each year," Johns said.

"The depth of the women's game isn't strong.

"I'd like to think it's not too far before we can start putting a team together we know can go into the competition and perform with distinction."

No Fed Cup again for New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and rising young guns | Stuff.co.nz
 

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Interesting to see how Bahrain will field a team considering they only had 1 girl playing their 10k this week
 

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Bahrain - Maram Mohamed Sharif, Nazli Nader Redha, Malak Jasim Fardan
Indonesia - Beatrice Gumulya, Lavinia Tananta, Vita Mediana, Jessy Rompies
Iran - Sara Amiri, Sadaf Sadegh Vaziri, Ghazal Pakbaten, Ghazaleh Torkaman
Hong Kong China - Ling Zhang, Ho Ching Wu, Man Ying Maggie Ng, Chun-Wing Sher
Kyrgyzstan - Nelli Buyuklianova, Alina Lazareva, Tansykai Zhakshybaeva
Malaysia - Jawairiah Noordin, Theiviya Selvarajoo, Nurin Nabilah Roslan
Pacific Oceania - Steffi Carruthers, Abigail Tere-Apisah, Ayana Rengiil, Mayka Zima
Pakistan - Ushna Suhail, Sara Mansoor, Sarah Mahboob Khan
Philippines - Katharina Lehnert, Anna Clarice Patrimonio, Khim Iglupas
Singapore - Charmaine Shi Yi Seah, Yee Loon Goh, Ashley Kei Yim, Stefanie Tan
Sri Lanka - Thisuri Molligoda, Nethmi Himashi Waduge, Amreetha Muttiah, Medhira Samarasinghe
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan

The FC website is playing up and the last two teams aren't showing up yet.

It's rather weak this year. Lehnert could lead Philippines, but will be tough. Indonesia looking most likely to get promoted with the strongest team all round. Noordin can do some damage for Malaysia if they get a good draw but Selvarajoo and Roslan won't be much help unfortunately. Pacific Oceania could do some damage with Carruthers and Tere-Apisah but they haven't shown good form at all this year.

side note: Mahboob :spit: :rolls:
 

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No Tajikistan and Turkmenistan this year actually.

2 Groups, one of 5 teams and the other of 6 teams.
 

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Pool A - Philippines, Hong Kong, Pacific Oceania, Iran & Bahrain
Pool B - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka

Malaysia has a good shot at finishing at least 4th :angel:

I think it will be Philippines v Indonesia for promotion.
 

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DAY 1 RESULTS
POOL A
Philippines d. Iran 3-0
Khim Iglupas (PHI) d. Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (IRI) 60 60
Katharina Lehnert (PHI) d. Sara Amiri (IRI) 61 64
Iglupas/Patrimonio (PHI) d. Amiri/Sadeghvaziri (IRI) 61 64

Hong Kong d. Pacific Oceania 2-1
Abigail Tere-Apisah (POC) d. Man Ying Maggie Ng (HKG) 26 61 75
Ling Zhang (HKG) d. Steffi Carruthers (POC) 75 63
Sher/Zhang (HKG) d. Carruthers/Tere-Apisah (POC) 63 62

POOL B
Indonesia d. Sri Lanka 3-0
Deria Nur Haliza (INA) d. Amreetha Muttiah (SRI) 61 62
Beatrice Gumulya (INA) d. Nethmi Himashi Waduge (SRI) 60 60
Rompies/Tananta (INA) d. Muttiah/Samarasinghe (SRI) 76(3) 60

Malaysia d. Kyrgyzstan 3-0
Theiviya Selvarajoo (MAS) d. Alina Lazareva (KGZ) 63 60
Jawairiah Noordin (MAS) d. Nelli Buyuklianova (KGZ) 60 61
Noordin/Roslan (MAS) d. Buyuklianova/Lazareva (KGZ) 62 61

Singapore d. Pakistan 2-1
Charmaine Shi Yi Seah (SIN) d. Sarah Mahboob Khan (PAK) 61 62
Stefanie Tan (SIN) d. Ushna Suhail (PAK) 60 63
Mansoor/Suhail (PAK) d. Goh/Yim (SIN) 61 46 76(2)
 

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DAY 2 RESULTS
POOL A
Hong Kong d. Bahrain 3-0
Ho Ching Wu (HKG) d. Malak Jasim Fardan (BRN) 60 60
Ling Zhang (HKG) d. Nazli Nader Redha (BRN) 60 60
Ng/Sher (HKG) d. Redha/Sharif (BRN) 60 60

Pacific Oceania d. Iran 3-0
Abigail Tere-Apisah (POC) d. Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (IRI) 61 61
Steffi Carruthers (POC) d. Sara Amiri (IRI) 60 61
Rengiil/Zima (POC) d. Amiri/Torkaman (IRI) 64 62

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POOL B
Indonesia d. Kyrgyzstan 3-0
Jessy Rompies (INA) d. Alina Lazareva (KGZ) 60 60
Beatrice Gumulya (INA) d. Nelli Buyuklianova (KGZ) 60 60
Nur Haliza/Tananta (INA) d. Buyuklianova/Lazareva (KGZ) 60 61

Malaysia d. Pakistan 3-0
Nurin Nabilah Roslan (MAS) d. Sara Mansoor (PAK) 63 64
Jawairiah Noordin (MAS) d. Ushna Suhail (PAK) 61 62
Noordin/Selvarajoo (MAS) d. Mahboob Khan/Suhail (PAK) 63 60

Singapore d. Sri Lanka 2-1
Charmaine Shi Yi Seah (SIN) d. Amreetha Muttiah (SRI) 75 61
Stefanie Tan (SIN) d. Nethmi Himashi Waduge (SRI) 60 60
Muttiah/Samarasinghe (SRI) d. Goh/Yim (SIN) 61 60

Poor Bahraini girls, absolutely slaughtered in their debut :sobbing:
 

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DAY 3 RESULTS
POOL A
Philippines d. Pacific Oceania 2-1
Abigail Tere-Apisah (POC) d. Anna Clarice Patrimonio (PHI) 61 60
Katharina Lehnert (PHI) d. Steffi Carruthers (POC) 60 62
Iglupas/Lehnert (PHI) d. Carruthers/Tere-Apisah (POC) 64 63

Iran d. Bahrain 3-0
Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (IRI) d. Nazli Nader Redha (BRN) 60 60
Sara Amiri (IRI) d. Maram Mohamed Sharif (BRN) 60 61
Amiri/Sadeghvaziri (IRI) d. Fardan/Sharif (BRN) 60 60

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POOL B
Singapore d. Indonesia 2-1
Charmaine Shi Yi Seah (SIN) d. Deria Nur Haliza (INA) 26 63 64
Stefanie Tan (SIN) d. Beatrice Gumulya (INA) 46 61 62
Rompies/Tananta (INA) d. Goh/Yim (INA) 60 60

Malaysia d. Sri Lanka 3-0
Theiviya Selvarajoo (MAS) d. Medhira Samarasinghe (SRI) 62 62
Jawairiah Noordin (MAS) d. Nethmi Himashi Waduge (SRI) 63 60
Roslan/Selvarajoo (MAS) d. Molligoda/Muttiah (SRI) 36 32 ret.

Pakistan d. Kyrgyzstan 3-0
Sara Mansoor (PAK) d. Alina Lazareva (KGZ) 64 ret.
Ushna Suhail (PAK) d. Nelli Buyuklianova (KGZ) 61 60
Mahboob Khan/Suhail (PAK) d. Buyuklianova/Lazareva (KGZ) w/o

Singapore beat Indonesia :bolt: Group B wide open now, Singapore in a great position to qualify for promotion now :eek: Malaysia has their two toughest ties now and I'm not too sure if they can win against Singapore now. Will be such shock if Singapore wins but then they'll probably get smashed by HK/Philippines in promotion.
 

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:lol: @ Indonesia losing to Singapore and Malaysia :facepalm:

Singapore then went on to lose to Kyrgyzstan after beating both Indonesia and Malaysia :lol:
 

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It's such an unfair rule :eek: Malaysia should finish first because they won all their ties. Whereas Singapore lost to Kyrgyzstan of all people and scraped through all their other matches 2-1, but only finish on top because they beat Malaysia :eek:

Somebody needs to fix this rule ASAP :eek:
 

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Singapore played their "kids" against Kyrg. as they knew they were already through due to the head-to-head rule.

Still don't like it - didn't something similar happen with..Taiwan?Thailand?, last time round?
 

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Singapore played their "kids" against Kyrg. as they knew they were already through due to the head-to-head rule.

Still don't like it - didn't something similar happen with..Taiwan?Thailand?, last time round?
I can't remember but Liechtenstein just also got screwed over with this rule in E/A Zone II
 
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