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Europe/Africa Zone Group I


- Dates: 1-4 February - Venue: Municipal Tennis Club
- Location: Eilat, Israel
- Surface: Outdoor hard


- Promotion: The winners of Pool A and Pool C play each other and the winners of Pool B and Pool D play each other (4 Feb) to decide which two nations advance to the World Group II play-offs (21-22 Apr).

- Relegation: The nations finishing bottom of Pool A and Pool C play each other and the nations finishing bottom of Pool B and Pool D play each other (4 Feb) to decide which two nations are relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II for 2013.


Pool A


Estonia: Anett Kontaveit, Margit Ruutel, Eva Paalma, Tatjana Vorobjova
Austria: Tamira Paszek, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Yvonne Meusburger, Sandra Klemenschits
Bulgaria: Tsvetana Pironkova, Dia Evtimova, Elitsa Kostova, Isabella Shinikova

Pool B

Sweden: Johanna Larsson, Sofia Arvidsson, Hilda Melander, Ellen Allgurin
Hungary: Timea Babos, Reka Luca Jani, Katalin Marosi, Vaszilisza Bulgakova
Greece: Eleni Daniilidou, Despoina Papamichail, Maria Sakkari, Agni Stefanou
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Jasmina Tinjic, Mervana Jugic Salkic, Anita Husaric, Jelena Stanivuk

Pool C

Netherlands: Arantxa Rus, Michaella Krajicek, Bibiane Schoofs, Kiki Bertens
Great Britain: Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson, Laura Robson
Israel: Shahar Peer, Julia Glushko, Keren Shlomo, Deniz Khazaniuk
Portugal: Michelle Larcher De Brito, Maria Joao Koehler, Barbara Luz, Margarida Moura

Pool D

Poland: Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula Radwanska, Magda Linette, Alicja Rosolska
Romania: Monica Niculescu, Irina Begu, Simona Halep, Alexandra Dulgheru
Croatia: Petra Martic, Ani Mijacika, Donna Vekic, Tereza Mrdeza
Luxembourg: Anne Kremer, Claudine Schaul, Laura Correia, Tiffany Cornelius
 

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Estonia lost to Bulgaria 0-3

M. RUUTEL lost to E. KOSTOVA 2-6 1-6
A. KONTAVEIT lost to T. PIRONKOVA 3-6 1-6
E. PAALMA / T. VOROBJOVA lost to D. EVTIMOVA / T. PIRONKOVA 0-6 1-6

Poland def. Luxembourg 3-0

U. RADWANSKA def. C. SCHAUL 6-2 6-2
A. RADWANSKA def. A. KREMER 6-1 6-1
M. LINETTE / A. ROSOLSKA def. T. CORNELIUS / L. CORREIA 6-1 6-1

Romania def. Croatia 2-1

S. HALEP def. A. MIJACIKA 6-2 6-2
I. BEGU lost to P. MARTIC 4-6 6-1 3-6
I. BEGU / S. HALEP def. P. MARTIC / A. MIJACIKA 7-6(2) 7-6(6)

Sweden def. Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0

S. ARVIDSSON def. J. STANIVUK 6-1 6-0
J. LARSSON def. A. HUSARIC 6-2 6-1
S. ARVIDSSON / J. LARSSON def. J. STANIVUK / J. TINJIC 6-2 6-3

Hungary def. Greece

R. JANI def. M. SAKKARI 6-4 7-5
T. BABOS def. D. PAPAMICHAIL 6-4 6-0
T. BABOS / K. MAROSI def. D. PAPAMICHAIL / A. STEFANOU 6-2 6-4

Israel def. Netherlands

J. GLUSHKO lost to B. SCHOOFS 3-6 5-7
S. PEER def. M. KRAJICEK 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1
J. GLUSHKO / S. PEER def. M. KRAJICEK / B. SCHOOFS 7-6(4) 2-6 6-3

Great Britain def. Portugal 3-0


A. KEOTHAVONG def. M. KOEHLER 6-3 6-4
E. BALTACHA def. M. LARCHER DE BRITO 6-2 6-3
L. ROBSON / H. WATSON def. M. KOEHLER / M. LARCHER DE BRITO 7-5 6-0

Estonia lost to Austria 1-2

T. VOROBJOVA lost to P. MAYR-ACHLEITNER 0-6 0-6
A. KONTAVEIT def. T. PASZEK 6-4 7-6(3)
A. KONTAVEIT / T. VOROBJOVA lost to S. KLEMENSCHITS / T. PASZEK 4-6 4-6

Romania def. Luxembourg 3-0

M. BUZARNESCU def. T. CORNELIUS 6-0 6-0
I. BEGU def. A. KREMER 6-3 6-2
I. BEGU / M. BUZARNESCU def. A. KREMER / C. SCHAUL 6-3 6-3

Poland def. Croatia 3-0

U. RADWANSKA def. D. VEKIC 6-3 6-3
A. RADWANSKA def. P. MARTIC 6-0 6-3
M. LINETTE / A. ROSOLSKA def. A. MIJACIKA / D. VEKIC 7-5 7-5

Sweden def. Hungary 2-1

S. ARVIDSSON def. R. JANI 6-4 6-3
J. LARSSON lost to T. BABOS 5-7 5-7
S. ARVIDSSON / J. LARSSON def. T. BABOS / R. JANI 7-6(9) 2-6 6-4

Greece lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-3

M. SAKKARI lost to A. HUSARIC 4-6 4-6
D. PAPAMICHAIL lost to J. TINJIC 6-7(6) 2-6
D. PAPAMICHAIL / M. SAKKARI lost to J. STANIVUK / J. TINJIC 4-6 7-5 0-6

Netherlands lost to Great Britain 1-2

B. SCHOOFS def. A. KEOTHAVONG 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3
M. KRAJICEK lost to E. BALTACHA 3-6 3-6
K. BERTENS / B. SCHOOFS lost to L. ROBSON / H. WATSON 6-7 6-7(5)

Israel lost to Portugal 1-2

J. GLUSHKO def. M. KOEHLER 6-2 6-4
S. PEER lost to M. LARCHER DE BRITO 1-6 2-6
J. GLUSHKO / S. PEER lost to M. KOEHLER / M. LARCHER DE BRITO 2-6 6-4 4-6

Austria def. Bulgaria 2-1

P. MAYR-ACHLEITNER def. E. KOSTOVA 6-3 6-3
T. PASZEK lost to T. PIRONKOVA 3-6 6-1 1-6
P. MAYR-ACHLEITNER / Y. MEUSBURGER def. D. EVTIMOVA / T. PIRONKOVA 6-1 6-2

Poland def. Romania 2-1

U. RADWANSKA lost to S. HALEP 6-7(7) 4-6
A. RADWANSKA def. I. BEGU 6-1 6-3
A. RADWANSKA / U. RADWANSKA def. I. BEGU / S. HALEP 4-6 6-0 6-0

Croatia def. Luxembourg 2-1

A. MIJACIKA def. C. SCHAUL 6-1 2-6 6-4
P. MARTIC lost to A. KREMER 5-7 2-3 Retired
A. MIJACIKA / T. MRDEZA def. A. KREMER / C. SCHAUL 6-1 6-3

Sweden def. Greece 2-1

E. ALLGURIN def. M. SAKKARI 6-1 6-2
H. MELANDER lost to D. PAPAMICHAIL 4-6 4-6
E. ALLGURIN / H. MELANDER def. D. PAPAMICHAIL / A. STEFANOU 6-1 6-2

Hungary def. Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1

R. JANI def. A. HUSARIC 3-6 6-1 6-2
T. BABOS lost to J. TINJIC 4-6 2-6
T. BABOS / R. JANI def. J. STANIVUK / J. TINJIC 6-1 6-4

Israel lost to Great Britain 3-0

J. GLUSHKO lost to A. KEOTHAVONG 2-6 1-6
S. PEER lost to E. BALTACHA 4-6 3-6
J. GLUSHKO / K. SHLOMO lost to L. ROBSON / H. WATSON 2-6 1-6
 

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Promotional Play-Off

Austria lost to Great Britain 0-2

P. MAYR-ACHLEITNER lost to A. KEOTHAVONG 6-7(5) 3-6
T. PASZEK lost to E. BALTACHA 1-6 4-6

Sweden def. Poland 2-1

S. ARVIDSSON def. U. RADWANSKA 6-1 6-2
J. LARSSON lost to A. RADWANSKA 1-6 0-6
S. ARVIDSSON / J. LARSSON def. A. RADWANSKA / U. RADWANSKA 6-4 6-3

5th to 8th Play-off

Bulgaria lost to Portugal 0-2

I. SHINIKOVA lost to M. KOEHLER 3-6 5-7
D. EVTIMOVA lost to M. LARCHER DE BRITO 1-6 1-6

Hungary lost to Romania 0-2

K. MAROSI lost to M. BUZARNESCU 2-6 6-7(6)
R. JANI lost to S. HALEP 2-6 3-6

9th to 12th Play-off

Bosnia and Herzegovina lost to Croatia 0-2

A. HUSARIC lost to D. VEKIC 2-6 0-6
J. TINJIC lost to T. MRDEZA 0-1 Retired

Relegation Play-off

Estonia lost to Netherlands 1-2

E. PAALMA lost to K. BERTENS 2-6 2-6
A. KONTAVEIT def. B. SCHOOFS 4-6 7-6(3) 6-1
T. VOROBJOVA / A. KONTAVEIT lost to K. BERTENS / M. KRAJICEK 0-6 0-6

Greece lost to Luxembourg 1-2

A. STEFANOU lost to C. SCHAUL 4-6 2-6
D. PAPAMICHAIL def. A. KREMER 5-7 6-4 7-5
D. PAPAMICHAIL / M. SAKKARI lost to A. KREMER / C. SCHAUL 6-3 2-6 6-7(8)
 

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Hm no Georgatou. :(

Looks good otherwise but I expect withdrawals :sad:
 

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Depending on the pools, I think that given how Kaia played on Brisbane, Estonia has a decent chance. The favourites would he to e Poland and the netherlands though. The Dutch have real depth in their teams.
 

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I think Estonia will get a good pool because they have played World Group?

Also Romania have good players, but not really suited to the surface. :eek:

The Dutch need to find some form :unsure:
 

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17. Estonia
19. Sweden
23. Netherlands
24. Poland

26. Great Britain
27. Romania
33. Austria
34. Hungary

36. Israel
39. Greece
40. Bulgaria
42. Croatia

45. Bosnia and Herzegovina
46. Portugal
47. Luxembourg
 

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Phew, good we at least avoid Estonia in the group :)
Still, we can have Romania or Great Britain.
Not necessarily. Don't they take or team from each ranking group, meaning that there is a one in four chance that Greece could draw Estonia!
 

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Our best team possible but still we most likely will get relegated, give your best girls :D

Amazing field :worship:
 

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OMG Greece :facepalm:
Where's Gerasimou when you need her? :eek:. She won the National Championships again so she's guaranteed a Fed Cup spot but it seems she has had enough and didn't take it serious last year so it wen't to the runner-up, which was Stefanou...
And no Georgatou NO NO NO NO NO :sobbing:. I was afraid she wouldn't show up :sobbing:. I'm going to be so angry if we get relegated :bigcry:. She hasn't been seen since October and she withdrew from 25K Istanbul after the draw was made I hope she is injured and not retired :scared:. I tried contacting her on facebook and she didn't answer me and I asked Sakkari who has talked to me before and she didn't answer and I asked someone who runs a Greek tennis website who recently interviewed Eirini and he said he is trying so hard to find out and has no idea why she isn't playing :scared:. I doubt she retired because she just launched her official website and she played well last year when she wasn't injured and she takes her career very seriously. She trained at Mouratoglou's for a while and went on the Mauritius trip last year with Dokic, Cirstea, Wickmayer, Rezai, and Robson. And she was recently interviewed (by the person I mentioned above) and she talked about her future...I'm so stressed out now :eek:

Now we will once again be fighting to stay in Group I. I just hope we go into one of the groups with 4 teams so we can have a good shot at not having to go into a relegation play-off. Eleni should be able to beat Larcher de Brito, Tinjic, or Minella and then maybe Papamichail could surprise and if not then we can maybe win the doubles :unsure:. Or hope to get Estonia and try and get Papamichail to beat Kontaveit and then win the doubles :unsure::facepalm:

Anyways, from the good teams in this group I think 2 of Romania, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden, and Croatia will go through. Romania really has no business in this group IMO. They have so many top 100 and top 200 players and they have been stuck in Group I for way too long. I really hope they can go through (plus I like most of their players :p). It's a shame that Arn and Czink aren't playing for Hungary, otherwise they would also do well as Babos and Marosi are good players and they always have a good doubles team :yeah:
 

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Wait, why is Dulgheru in but not Cirstea? :eek:
And doesn't Sorana need to play for Olympics since she didn't play last year? Or does her Fed Cup service count for 2011 since she was on the squad and traveled to Eilat even though she didn't play at all? :unsure:
 

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Pool A

Estonia
Austria
Bulgaria

Pool B

Sweden
Hungary
Greece
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pool C

Netherlands
Great Britain
Israel
Portugal

Pool D

Poland
Romania
Croatia
Luxembourg
 

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Lucky group Sweden :lol:
 
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