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Dates: 11-16 April 2016
Venue: Bellevue
City: Ulcinj, Montenegro
Surface: Clay - outdoors

Format

Round-robin basis. Three pools of four nations (Pools A, B and C) and one pool of five teams (Pool D).

The winners of pools A and B will be drawn against the winners of pools C and D and will play-off to determine which two nations are promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2017.

Two promoted.

TEAMS In brackets are rankings (singles/doubles)

Algeria: Amira Benaissa(1048/-), Yassamine Boudjadi(-/-), Lynda Benkaddour(-/-), Ines Ibbou(-/-), Assia Halo(-/-)
Armenia: Ani Amiraghyan(613/559), Lusine Chobanyan(-/-), Ani Safaryan(-/-)
Cyprus: Eliza Omirou(-/-), Maria Siopacha(-/-), Anna Savchenko(-/-), Themis Haliou(-/-)
FYR Macedonia: Magdalena Stoilkovska(-/1112), Katarina Marinkovikj(-/-), Marija Elenova(-/-), Nora Hristovska(-/-), Elena Jankulovska(-/-)
Greece: Maria Sakkari(131/357), Despina Papamichail(483/217), Eleni Daniilidou(723/829), Eleni Christofi(-/840)
Iceland: Hera Brynjarsdottir(-/-), Anna Soffia Gronholm(-/-), Selma Oskarsdottir(-/-), Hekla Maria Jamila Oliver(-/-)
Ireland: Jenny Claffey(652/623), Georgia Drummy(-/-), Jennifer Timotin(-/-), Anna Bowtell(-/-)
Kosovo: Edita Raca(-/-), Anduena Latifi(-/-), Fiona Polloshka(-/-), Gerta Statovic(-/-), Arlinda Rushiti(-/-)
Luxembourg: Mandy Minella(167/94), Eleonora Molinaro(-/-), Claudine Schaul(-/-), Merima Mujasevic(-/-)
Madagascar: Sandra Andriamarosoa(1020/912), Zarah Razafimahatratra(-/1031), Seheno Razafindramaso(-/-), Faniry Andrianjafitrimo(-/-)
Malta: Elaine Genovese(-/1116), Katrina Sammut(-/-), Brenda Galea(-/-), Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco(-/-)
Moldova: Daniela Ciobanu(936/668), Adriana Sosnovschi(1206/-), Julia Helbet(1244/825), Alexandra Zaicenco(-/-), Vitalia Stamat(-/-)
Montenegro: Danka Kovinic(51/83), Ana Veselinovic(659/592), Anja Draskovic(-/-), Edisa Hot(-/-)
Morocco: Rita Atik(969/-), Diae El Jardi(-/1088), Ghita Benhadi(-/-), Zaineb El Houari(-/-)
Mozambique: Claudia Sumaia(-/-), Marieta De Lyubov Nhamitambo(-/-), Erica Nicole Monjane Dias(-/-)
Norway: Ulrikke Eikeri(357/846), Melanie Stokke(429/693), Emma Flood(741/925), Andrea Raaholdt(1156/-), Malene Helgo(-/-)
Tunisia: Ons Jabeur(230/-), Chiraz Bechri(582/899), Mouna Bouzgarrou(-/-), Diana Chehoudi(-/-)

Angola, Cameroon and Congo did not sent teams

Pool A: (1)Tunisia, Greece, Malta, Luxembourg
Pool B: (2)Ireland, Armenia, FYR Macedonia, Iceland
Pool C: (3)Moldova, Cyprus, Algeria, Madagascar
Pool D: (4)Montenegro, Norway, Morocco, Kosovo, Mozambique

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Day 1:

Pool A:
Tunisia 1:2 Luxembourg
Chiraz Bechri (TUN) d. Eleonora Molinaro (LUX) 62 46 63
Mandy Minella (LUX) d. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 63 46 64
Minella/Schaul (LUX) d. Bechri/Jabeur (TUN) 46 76(6) 62
Greece 3:0 Malta
Despina Papamichail (GRE) d. Katrina Sammut (MLT) 60 60
Maria Sakkari (GRE) d. Elaine Genovese (MLT) 61 61
Christofi/Papamichail (GRE) d. Galea/Genovese (MLT) 60 62

Pool B:
No play

Pool C:
Moldova 1:2 Madagascar
Zarah Razafimahatratra (MAD) d. Julia Helbet (MAD) 61 62
Daniela Ciobanu (MDA) d. Sandra Andriamarosoa (MAD) 61 64
Andriamarosoa/Razafimahatratra (MAD) d. Ciobanu/Helbet (MDA) 36 61 76(3)
Cyprus 2:1 Algeria
Maria Siopacha (CYP) d. Lynda Benkaddour (ALG) 63 62
Eliza Omirou (CYP) d. Amira Benaissa (ALG) 63 75
Benaissa/Benkaddour (ALG) d. Haliou/Savchenko (CYP) 63 61

Pool D:
Montenegro 3:0 Kosovo
Anja Drašković (MNE) d. Arlinda Rushiti (KOS) 61 64
Ana Veselinović (MNE) d. Edita Raca (KOS) 60 62
Kovinić/Veselinović (MNE) d. Latifi/Rushiti (KOS) 61 60
Norway 3:0 Morocco
Melanie Stokke (NOR) d. Diae El Jardi (MAR) 63 62
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) d. Rita Atik (MAR) 60 61
Helgo/Raaholdt (NOR) d. Benhadi/El Houari (MAR) 63 62

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Day 2:

Pool A:
No play

Pool B:
Ireland 3:0 Iceland
Armenia 1:2 FYR Macedonia

Pool C:
Cyprus 2:1 Madagascar
Moldova 3:0 Algeria

Pool D:
Montenegro 1:2 Norway
Morocco 3:0 Mozambique

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Day 3:

Pool A:
Tunisia vs Greece
Malta vs Luxembourg

Pool B:
Ireland vs FYR Macedonia
Armenia vs Iceland

Pool C:
No play

Pool D:
Montenegro vs Morocco
Kosovo vs Mozambique

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Day 4:

Pool A:
Greece vs Luxembourg
Tunisia vs Malta

Pool B:
No play

Pool C:
Moldova vs Cyprus
Algeria vs Madagascar

Pool D:
Montenegro vs Mozambique
Norway vs Kosovo

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Day 5:

Pool A:
No play

Pool B:
Ireland vs Armenia
FYR Macedonia vs Iceland

Pool C:
No play

Pool D:
Norway vs Mozambique
Morocco vs Kosovo
 

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Madagascar's team is Sandra Andriamarosoa, Zarah Razafimahatratra, Seheno Razafindramaso and Faniry Andrianjafitrimo. The captain is Natacha Randriantefy.

Luxembourg - Mandy Minella, Eleonora Molinaro, Sharon Pesch, Merima Mujasevic and Claudine Schaul were appointed to the provisional squad. Anne Kremer is the captain.
 

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No Namibia this year?
 

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Aren't they in Group II?
 

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They aren't :lol:
 

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Algeria: Amira Benaissa, Yassamine Boudjadi, Lynda Benkaddour, Ines Ibbou
Armenia: Ani Amiraghyan, Lusine Chobanyan, Ani Safaryan
Cyprus: Eliza Omirou, Maria Siopacha, Anna Savchenko, Themis Haliou
FYR Macedonia: Magdalena Stoilkovska, Katarina Marinkovikj, Marija Elenova, Elena Jankulovska
Greece: Maria Sakkari, Despina Papamichail, Eleni Daniilidou, Eleni Christofi
Iceland: Hera Brynjarsdottir, Anna Soffia Gronholm, Selma Oskarsdottir, Hekla Maria Jamila Oliver
Ireland: Jenny Claffey, Georgia Drummy, Jennifer Timotin, Anna Bowtell
Kosovo: Edita Raca, Anduena Latifi, Fiona Polloshka, Gerta Statovic
Luxembourg: Mandy Minella, Eleonora Molinaro, Claudine Schaul, Merima Mujasevic
Madagascar: Sandra Andriamarosoa, Zarah Razafimahatratra, Seheno Razafindramaso, Faniry Andrianjafitrimo
Malta: Elaine Genovese, Katrina Sammut, Brenda Galea, Maria Giorgia Farrugia Sacco
Moldova: Daniela Ciobanu, Julia Helbet, Alexandra Zaicenco, Vitalia Stamat
Montenegro: Danka Kovinic, Ana Veselinovic, Anja Draskovic, Edisa Hot
Morocco: Rita Atik, Diae El Jardi, Ghita Benhadi, Zaineb El Houari
Mozambique: Claudia Sumaia, Marieta De Lyubov Nhamitambo, Erica Nicole Monjane Dias
Norway: Ulrikke Eikeri, Melanie Stokke, Emma Flood, Malene Helgo
Tunisia: Ons Jabeur, Chiraz Bechri, Mouna Bouzgarrou, Diana Chehoudi
 

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Greece easily has the strongest team. Replace Daniilidou with Grammatikopoulou and their chances would've been very high but Sakkari and Papamichail should be able to do the job. Norway quite strong too. Other nations only have 1 or 2 strong players.

Nice to see Kosovo make it's debut!
 

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For easier predictions, I put singles and doubles rankings in brackets. Based on them, favourites should be Greece, Montenegro, Norway and Tunis, as they have at least two competitive players.

Luxembourg has one good player (second best based on rankings), with Armenia and Ireland with one competitive player.

Best player based on rankings is Danka :)

Personally, I'll go with Montenegro, we are hosts, and if Danka and Ana play, we should go to group II. Greece is my second favourite. But, we'll see.
 

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Ibbou will be no pushover assuming she plays number 1 for Algeria. But depth in the Montenegro and Greek teams should see them advance.

Shame that Gjorceska isn't here for Macedonia. And if Amy Bowtell was fit Ireland would have had two competitive players.

I hope for Greece's sake that they don't get nostalgic and have Eleni play singles.
 

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Pool A: (1)Tunisia, Greece, Malta, Luxembourg
Pool B: (2)Ireland, Armenia, FYR Macedonia, Iceland
Pool C: (3)Moldova, Cyprus, Algeria, Madagascar
Pool D: (4)Montenegro, Norway, Morocco, Kosovo, Mozambique
 

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Norwegian reporters suggest Melanie Stokke d. Diae El Jardi (MAR) 63 62.
 
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