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So let's hope for the playoff-match against GB, then we'll see our girls for sure ;)

But for now:
Great that Iva gave Ana another chance. Even though she's rusty as hell, she needs this badly and Iva knows that.
Also Bolkvadze shouldn't be a problem for Ana IMO
 

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Ana won 6:4 6:3 against Mariam Bolkvadze yeeeeei
First win in her comeback. Of course it's only against Bolkvadze but i'm sure it means so much to her
 

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Fett should not play singles. :eek:
She is seriously not to be trusted against ANYONE.
Majoli have better learned her lesson here.
This team is weak because it relies only on Vekic but she alone is unfortunately not enough.
 

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Jana made 14 doubles... 5:4 -> 5:7 in the decider. Chokes it away - again.

And now instead of Lukas, Ana gets nominated for doubles, playing her third match in two days, ahead of the most important tie against Serbia tomorrow. I can understand the decision though, Majoli doesn't want to risk losing this tie altogether.
 

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Croatia beat Georgia 2-1 ! :)

Konjuh def. Bolkvadze 6-4 6-3
Jana Fett lost to Gorgodze 6-4 3-6 5-7
Jurak/Konjuh def. Gorgodze/Kalashnikova 7-5 6-1

https://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/tie.aspx?id=W-FC-2019-G1-EPA-B-B-M-CRO-GEO-01

WTF why did Croatia's #1 Vekic not play ??? :cuckoo:
Even a blind man should know that Croatia needs her (especially without Martic).

Sadly Jana Fett is mentally one of the weakest WTA players.
That's one big reason why she - despite her talent - doesn't have better results.

Doubles specialist Jurak is very important for the Croatian team.
Croatia will have a big problem when experienced good doubles player Jurak retires.
(Unless Vekic, Konjuh and Martic stay healthy and play every tie.)

Serbia next, the fight for the group win. A really tricky opponent :scared:
Danilovic is a talented future star (also good/even better in doubles). Jorovic seems in strong form. And Krunic often plays her best tennis in Fed Cup (especially in doubles).
#1 Vekic MUST play (and win) ! The 2nd win is needed from Konjuh or Jurak + ? in doubles.
 

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WTF why did Croatia's #1 Vekic not play ??? :cuckoo:
Even a blind man should know that Croatia needs her (especially without Martic).
Maybe to give her the day off--as @ma re suggested earlier--so she'll be at her freshest against Serbia. After all, Donna has played a lot already in 2019.
It wasn't such a big risk. Yes, the tie against Georgia was close, but it would have been a big surprise had Croatia lost.
 

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Maybe to give her the day off--as @ma re suggested earlier--so she'll be at her freshest against Serbia. After all, Donna has played a lot already in 2019.
It wasn't such a big risk. Yes, the tie against Georgia was close, but it would have been a big surprise had Croatia lost.
Yes, Donna has said in that statement after the match vs. Turkey that she is starting to feel a little tired after 5 matches in St. Petersburg last week and everything before that in Australia. She had very little time off since the season started. So I'd say it was a good decision, as there wasn't THAT BIG of a chance for Georgia to win. Not with Darija in doubles anyway.

I do agree with the assessment however, that it's worrysome to think what will become of our team once Darija retires. It won't be so much of a problem if we get promoted and stay in the World group for a long time, cause there girls play 5 matches, so doubles match doesn't carry the same weight, but if we end up stuck here for a few more years and we lose her, it's not gonna be easy. Both Donna and Ana are capable of playing well in doubles (especially Ana, but Donna has improved a lot too), but they're still no doubles specialists.

Oh well, first things first, Serbia today, 11AM CET, again no live stream or broadcast...


P. S. ...and I'm really intrigued to see what Ana's forehand looks like now, since she mentioned that she changed her technique on that wing.
 

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It seems first match will be Fett vs Danilovic according to order of play. :help:
First match is irrelevant, none of our girls can win against any one of theirs pretty much. Donna has to win for us to stand a chance.
 
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