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Dates: 12-17 June 2017
Venue: National Tennis School & Tennis Club Acvila
City: Chisinau, Moldova
Surface: Clay, outdoors

Format

Round-robin basis. Three pools of four teams (Pools A, B & C) and one pool of 5 teams (Pool D).

The winners of each pool will play-off against each other (eg. A1 v C1 and B1 v D1) to determine which nations are promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2018.

Two promoted.

Teams:
Algeria: Amira Benaissa, Lynda Benkaddour, Fatima Zohra Boukezzi, Houria Boukholda
Armenia: Gabriella Akopyan, Anna Movsisyan, Marina Davtyan
Cameroon: Manuella Peguy Eloundou Nga, Linda Claire Eloundou Nga, Anna Lorie Lemongo Toumbou, Venus Mirande Ngone Hagal
Cyprus: Eliza Omirou, Maria Siopacha, Anna Savchenko, Eleni Louka
Finland: Piia Suomalainen, Emma Laine, Mia Nicole Eklund, Oona Orpana
Macedonia: Lina Gjorcheska, Katarina Marinkovikj, Nora Hristovska, Viktorija Veselinova
Greece: Valentini Grammatikopoulou, Eleni Kordolaimi, Danai Petroula
Iceland: Hera Brynjarsdottir, Anna Soffia Gronholm, Sofia Soley Jonasdottir, Selma Oskarsdottir
Ireland: Georgia Drummy, Jennifer Timotin, Sophia Derivan, Ruth Copas
Kenya: Shufaa Changawa Ruwa, Sneha Kotecha, Judith Nkatha, Katarina Karanja
Malta: Elaine Genovese, Helene Pellicano, Francesca Curmi, Brenda Galea
Moldova: Alexandra Perper, Daniela Ciobanu, Vitalia Stamat, Gabriela Porubin
Morocco: Lina Qostal, Rita Atik, Abir Elfahimi, Ghita Benhadi
Mozambique: Claudia Sumaia, Marieta de Lyubov Nhamitambo, Ilga Adolfo Joao
Tunisia: Ons Jabeur, Chiraz Bechri, Mouna Bouzgarrou
 

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Late withdrawals were Montenegro, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. Shame for Montenegro because they actually have two decent professionals in Kovinic and Veselinovic.

Cameroon's first time playing since 1997 and Kenya's first time since 2013. Angola will also make debut if they send a team.

Many teams without their "star" players here. No Ibbou for Algeria, no Amiraghyan for Armenia, no Perper, Detiuc or Vdovenco for Moldova..

Three top 200 players in Gjorcheska, Grammatikopoulou and Jabeur. The two promoted teams will most likely come from this group unless their key players don't play or are in the same groups.
 

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Kosovo have added Liridona Murati and Adrijana Lekaj :)eek:).

Looks like Murati is a Swedish player and Lekaj is a Croatian player. Just noticed Lekaj now represents Kosovo in ITF too!
 

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Pool A: Greece, Armenia, Malta
Pool B: Ireland, Cyprus, Kenya, Iceland
Pool C: Finland, Macedonia, Tunisia, Cameroon
Pool D: Moldova, Morocco, Algeria, Mozambique
 

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Pool C is tough (apart from Cameroon), Pool B has no stronger teams, Greece and Moldova are basically locks for play off.
 

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Gjorcheska is out for Macedonia, Pool C is now between Tunisia and Finland.

Pool A should be Greece, Pool D should be Moldova and Pool B is anyone's guess
 

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Apart from Perper, Moldova's team is really weak :shrug: Perper has been in horrible form as well. Wouldn't be surprised if maybe Morocco came out of that group but it's unlikely I guess.

Pool A, Grammatikopoulou should lead Greece to easy win.
Pool B will probably see maybe Cyprus come out because Ireland have fielded a weak team this year. Ireland have Jenny Claffey and Sinead Lohan who are capable of winning titles on ITF circuit but none of them are playing this :shrug: The Cypriot girls should be decent enough juniors to beat them.
Pool C will be Tunisia v Finland. Actually tough to call cause I'm not sure if Jabeur can singlehandely carry Tunisia, because Finland have Suomalainen and Laine who are quite experienced, Eklund is a decent doubles player and Orpana is a junior on the rise. Jabeur should win her singles but it will come down to the 2nd singles and doubles rubbers.
Pool D as I said before should be between Morocco and Moldova.
 

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Why did Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar, Montenegro and Kosovo withdraw ? :sad:
 

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Greece won their group. Finland practically have aswell so those two will face off for promotion.

Cyprus/Ireland will play Moldova/Morocco in the other one. Hopefully Moldova can get through at home.
 

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Surprised Finland beat Tunisia :eek: Poor Ons... she's such a proud tunisian but she's just a bad dubs player :hug: Greece should win promotion rather easy.

With a better team, with like Vdovenco, Moldova would have had no problem promoting. Still think they are strong enough with Perper to make it :)
 

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Promotional playoffs are: Greece v Finland and Cyprus v Moldova.

Both Greece and Finland deserve to be promoted but only one of them will while Cyprus or Moldova will be promoted :(
 

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Both Greece and Finland deserve to be promoted but only one of them will while Cyprus or Moldova will be promoted :(
Why do you feel Finland "deserves" to be promoted and Moldova not :confused: :confused: Moldova has two top500 players in Vdovenco and Perper plus a recent top30 junior in Detiuc... I feel they have a better chance to stay in Group II if they manage to bring their best players.
 

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Why do you feel Finland "deserves" to be promoted and Moldova not :confused: :confused: Moldova has two top500 players in Vdovenco and Perper plus a recent top30 junior in Detiuc... I feel they have a better chance to stay in Group II if they manage to bring their best players.
Yes but look at the current team they fielded here though, not really deserving of a promotion. They were just lucky that they had Morocco, Algeria and Mozambique in their group. I wouldn't be sure of their chances if they had maybe Tunisia in their group. They were also quite lucky that Perper got added in last minute. Had she not they probably would have lost to Morocco
 

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