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Nova Yardinia, Castellaneta Marina, Italy
Stadium Capacity: 3000
21 April - 22 April 2007
Day 1: 1300 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1100 hrs (0900 hrs GMT)
Surface: Clay (Red Clay) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Dunlop Slazenger


ITALIAN TEAM
Team Captain
Corrado BARAZZUTTI




CHINESE TEAM
Team Captain
Qi ZHANG



 

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Fed Cup champions Italy cautious ahead of China tie
By James Eve
ROME, April 16 (Reuters) - Fed Cup champions Italy are taking nothing for granted as they prepare to begin the defence of their title against China, their team captain said on Monday.
"On paper, it's a tie we should win, but in these competitions nothing is certain," Corrado Barazzutti told a news conference.
Italy are clear favourites to beat China in the World Group first-round tie at Castellaneta Marina in southern Italy's Puglia region this weekend.
Their quartet of Francesca Schiavone, Tathiana Garbin, Flavia Pennetta, and Roberta Vinci, are ranked in the world's top 51 and will be comfortable on the slow clay courts.
China, who will be without their best two players, world number 17 Li Na and 33rd ranked Zheng Jie, include Zhang Shuai and Sun Sheng-Nan who are outside the world's top 200.
Li and Zheng are missing out to help other players qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The rules require players to have represented their country in the Fed Cup twice before the Games.
"China have left at home two of their strongest players, but I still think it will be a difficult tie," Barazzutti added.
"They have a strong team, a team that is used to playing these kinds of competitions."

SURPRISE WINNERS
Italy were surprise winners of the competition last year, eliminating France and Spain before beating Belgium in the final.
The fact his team were defending champions would put extra pressure on them, said Barazzutti, though he believed they would be able to make home advantage count.
"We have the responsibility of defending our title. We will try to be even more focused than usual, more combative.
"The fact that two of our team (Pennetta and Vinci) are from Puglia should give them an extra motivation to do well."
Barazzutti made just one change to the team that beat Belgium in last year's final with clay court specialist Tathiana Garbin replacing Mara Santangelo, who is more at home on faster surfaces.
Asked which of his players would take part in singles, and which in doubles, Barazzutti replied: "It's too early to say. I'll make my decision over the next three or four days, and not necessarily based on the rankings.
"The girls will be arriving in Castellaneta having played on faster surfaces than clay, so a lot will depend on how they adapt to the slower courts".
 

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FORZA ITALIA! :worship:
 

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there is so much pressure on Shuai Peng on this tie ... I hope she does not let it get to her ... reminds me a bit of when France played Italy 1R last year and the French captain told Amelie that she must win her singles rubbers
 

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Next time, if you post pictures, put a name below the pic, I have no idea who this Chinese players are expect Peng :tape:
 

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Next time, if you post pictures, put a name below the pic, I have no idea who this Chinese players are expect Peng :tape:
you will know them soon enough
but from left to right, Shuai Peng, Tian Tian Sun, Shengnan Sun, Shuai Zhang (on bottom row)
 

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too bad for China they can't play with all their best players

Italy will win :cool:
yes it is quite stupid of the CTA to not play with the team of Na Li, Shuai Peng, Jie Zheng and Yan Zi but they are trying to get these other players qualified for the Olympics in Beijing

actually Shuai Peng is now the 2nd highest ranked singles player and Na Li is suffering from a slight ankle injury. Sun/Sun are a formidable doubles combo, as are Sun/Peng
 

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I know they're all good , willing an dprobably able but I don't think it will be enough to beat Italy

clever choice though , given the Olympics explanation - we'll see what happens
 

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On paper, Italy look leagues ahead in class. However there's only two of the four italian's who are actually playing well, and even then vinci is inconsistent still.

Going to be tough but Italy 3-2:)
 

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I think the two shuais will play the singles, and TianTian will team with Sheng-Nan in doubles... Double Sun reunited after a good start to the season! QF AO and SF Auckland... TianTian isn't doing so well on clay this season in singles :smash: may as well give young blood Zhang a chance! Must admit Italy are clear favourites but I'll be rooting for China :D Peng seems to be hitting some decent form again!
 

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I think the two shuais will play the singles, and TianTian will team with Sheng-Nan in doubles... Double Sun reunited after a good start to the season! QF AO and SF Auckland... TianTian isn't doing so well on clay this season in singles :smash: may as well give young blood Zhang a chance! Must admit Italy are clear favourites but I'll be rooting for China :D Peng seems to be hitting some decent form again!
I doubt Shuai Zhang will play singles, at least on the first day ... she has no red clay experience and has not had a good result in a long time

if China is up 2-1 after 3 singles rubbers, then Shuai Zhang may get the nod if the captain wants to rest Tian Tian for the doubles
 

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