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Dates: 8-11 February 2017
Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre
City: Tallinn, Estonia
Surface: Hard court - indoor

Format

Round-robin format.

Pool winners will compete in promotion play-offs to determine which two nations will advance to the World Group II play-offs.

The bottom-placed nations in the pools will compete in relegation play-offs to determine which two nations will be relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2018.

Two promoted.
Two relegated.

Participating nations:

Poland Croatia Great Britain Serbia
Turkey Georgia Hungary Isreal
Bulgaria Portugal Estonia Austria
Latvia Bosnia and Herzegovina
 

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Re: 2017 Europe/Africa Zone I

Pool A:

Austria: Barbara Haas, Tamira Paszek, Julia Grabher, Pia Konig
Georgia: Sofia Shapatava, Ekaterine Gorgodze, Mariam Bolkvadze, Oksana Kalashnikova
Poland: Magda Linette, Katarzyna Piter, Paula Kania, Magdalena Frech

Pool B:

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dea Herdzelas, Jelena Simic, Anita Husaric, Nefisa Berberovic
Croatia: Ana Konjuh, Donna Vekic, Tena Lukas, Darija Jurak
Hungary: Timea Babos, Dalma Galfi, Fanny Stollar and Agnes Bukta

Pool C:

Great Britain: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Laura Robson, Jocelyn Rae
Latvia: Jelena Ostapenko, Diana Marcinkevica, Daniela Vismane
Portugal: Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ines Murta, Francisca Jorge, Rita Vilaca
Turkey: Cagla Buyukakcay, Ipek Soylu, Ayla Aksu, Pemra Ozgen


Pool D:

Bulgaria: Elitsa Kostova, Isabella Shinikova, Viktoriya Tomova, Sesil Karatantcheva
Estonia: Anett Kontaveit, Valeria Gorlats, Maileen Nuudi, Maria Lota Kaul
Israel: Julia Glushko, Deniz Khazaniuk, Maya Tahan, Shelly Krolitzky
Serbia: Nina Stojanovic, Ivana Jorovic, Dejana Radanovic, Bojana Marinkovic
 

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Re: 2017 Europe/Africa Zone I

How many teams this year?
14 nations.

18. Poland, 22. Croatia, 23. Great Britain, 24. Serbia

29. Turkey, 30. Georgia, 31. Hungary, 33. Israel

38. Bulgaria, 42. Portugal, 46. Estonia, 47. Austria

49. Latvia 52. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Top two nations will be in group of three.
 

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Weakest line-up for Group I in a long, long time.


Most interesting group will be who out of GB and Serbia get Latvia, who could easily be a spoiler.
GB really isn't losing to any of these teams. Even if the likes of Ostapenko, Konjuh or Babos shock Konta, those countries don't have adequate depth to win either of the other two rubbers.

I wonder who will partner Konjuh in Doubles :spit: Lukas :tears:

Estonia should actually survive :spit: Israel, Portugal, Bosnia, Georgia and Austria are all teams that I would say Estonia are favourites or at least great chances against :lol: Good for the home crowd :bounce: So excited to see some matches at the new centre :drool:
 

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Pool A: Poland, Georgia, Austria
Pool B: Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pool C: Great Britain, Turkey, Latvia, Portugal
Pool D: Serbia, Israel, Bulgaria, Estonia
 

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Why does Pool D have two teams from the third set of seeded teams (Bulgaria and Estonia)? Shouldn't Bosnia and Herzigovina be in a pool of 4 as one of the two lowest seeds? This is the Rule:


Teams will be seeded by the Fed Cup Committee in accordance with the most recent Fed Cup Nations Ranking. When drawing the Nations into two round-robin groups the highest seeded Nation must be placed in one group and the second seeded Nation must be placed in the other group. Thereafter the remaining Nations must be drawn in pairs according to the Nations Ranking. When there is an odd number of teams remaining, the last three teams shall be drawn together.


If more round-robin groups are used the same principles shall be followed.


Where there are pools of different numbers of teams, the highest seeded teams will be placed in the pool with the least number of teams; the second seed will be placed in the pool with the second least number of teams, and so on until all the seeds are placed.



I don't think this draw follows the Rule, which would mean Estonia and Bulgaria had to be placed at the same time (into different pools) as the third set of 4 teams. Bosnia and Latvia should have been placed together (into different pools) last, but in order to meet requirement that highest ranked teams go into smallest pools where unequal number, one should be in GB group, and one should be in Serbia group.


Am I missing something?

Pool D wide open. In fact all of them all really.
 

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Why does Pool D have two teams from the third set of seeded teams (Bulgaria and Estonia)? Shouldn't Bosnia and Herzigovina be in a pool of 4 as one of the two lowest seeds?
It looks like Estonia and Portugal were treated as the lowest seeds instead of Bosnia and Latvia. :shrug:
 
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