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posted on 18-11-2004 at 12:49 PM Reply With Quote
Fed Cup Final 4



Mauresmo will not play for France in the Semis and possible Final, so the door is opening really wide now for Russia, I think.
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posted on 18-11-2004 at 09:50 PM Reply With Quote


That is a huge blow for France but good news for Russia as Mauresmo has a very good record against all of the Russian squad. We'll see how it plays out, should be interesting.
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posted on 21-11-2004 at 09:08 AM Reply With Quote


Yeah,russia will come through against Austria easily and now Mauresmo is most likely out it should be a fairly easy win cause apart from Mauresmo,i really dont think theres anyone else in that team that can worry the russians!!



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posted on 21-11-2004 at 09:14 AM Reply With Quote


Dechy, does that ring a bell?:D



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posted on 21-11-2004 at 09:17 PM Reply With Quote


Vera Zvonareva Signs With Centertelecom
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posted on 21-11-2004 at 09:45 PM Reply With Quote


Dechy????? Whos that???? Do i know a Dechy,has Vera ever played her before??:D



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posted on 22-11-2004 at 08:47 AM Reply With Quote


I believe they call eachother "sister" lately.....:D



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posted on 22-11-2004 at 11:07 AM Reply With Quote


Our fedcup captain said, that our players will be able to keep the matches tight. What an optimist! :D
Too bad they won´t show the matches.
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posted on 22-11-2004 at 12:48 PM Reply With Quote


I would expect a 5-0 scoreline in favour of Russia!! I really cant see the Austrian's winning a single rubber,unless theres an injury!!



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posted on 22-11-2004 at 05:50 PM Reply With Quote


Didn't Sybille Bammer give Vera a bit of an unexpected workout a while back?
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posted on 22-11-2004 at 10:01 PM Reply With Quote


True Paul. Vera had to save a match point before winning in a 3rd set tie break in Philly. Still, every match has to be taken on its merits. However, I would be very surprised if Russia don't win this tie comfortably.
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posted on 23-11-2004 at 01:27 AM Reply With Quote


Sounds like Bammer is out now with a torn ligament
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posted on 23-11-2004 at 06:07 AM Reply With Quote


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Sounds like Bammer is out now with a torn ligament


Yep, that´s true. Now our highest ranked player will be Meusburger at #173 !:o
Ok, doesn´t matter that match, at least Russia will have a chance against us now. :D
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posted on 23-11-2004 at 07:23 AM Reply With Quote


lol.....Even if she had played,i dont think vera would have made the same mistake again!!! I think she would have been determined to show her who was boss and that the last match was just a poor performance from her!!!

Now though,its looking even easier for Russia!! Infact they may as well drop the team they've selected and put in Petrova, Bovina, Safina and Jidkova cause theyd still win!!!:D

Sorry robert,now im being cruel, arent i!! lol




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posted on 23-11-2004 at 09:12 AM Reply With Quote


Nick, does England have a FEDcup-team?
Or my country? We only have Mischa Krajicek, but she can't do it all alone...
Robert has a team to cheer for, that is something to be happy about. But we, here in Groningen have a challenger-tournament now, with Sjeng Schalken as potential winner, so that is something to be happy about too!:D




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posted on 23-11-2004 at 11:18 AM Reply With Quote


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Sorry robert,now im being cruel, arent i!! lol


That´s ok, Nick! We´re in the semis and that is already something to be very happy about with a not so great team!
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posted on 23-11-2004 at 12:32 PM Reply With Quote


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Sorry robert,now im being cruel, arent i!! lol


That´s ok, Nick! We´re in the semis and that is already something to be very happy about with a not so great team!


Very true,your girls have done well but its certainly looking bleak for next year though as there really doesnt seem to be any real talent coming out of Austria on the female side!! Its abit the same here in the UK, our highest ranked woman is i think Elena Baltacha whos round about 150th in the world!! Then the next highest is something like 300!!! So in answer to your question sacha,no we dont have a fed cup team,not one that i know of anyway!! I guess we just dont have players that are good enough to make it worthwhile forming a team!!




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posted on 23-11-2004 at 12:47 PM Reply With Quote


Got that wrong,our highest ranked player is Anne Keothavong at 176!!:(

Then Elena Baltacha at 201, Jane O'DONOGHUE at 233 and Amanda Janes at 240!!

So really there would be nothing to gain by setting up a team, in my opinion!!




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posted on 23-11-2004 at 01:28 PM Reply With Quote


The draws are out:

R1 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) vs Y.MEUSBURGER (AUT)
R2 - A.MYSKINA (RUS) vs P.WARTUSCH (AUT)
R3 - A.MYSKINA (RUS) vs Y.MEUSBURGER (AUT)
R4 - S.KUZNETSOVA (RUS) vs P.WARTUSCH (AUT)
R5 - E.LIKHOVTSEVA / V.ZVONAREVA (RUS) vs Y.MEUSBURGER / P.WARTUSCH (AUT)


I hope that Vera will get a chance to play a single on day 2 just as last time.

And Nick: your country has a fed cup team. I just read that they have reached Europe/Africa-Zone 1 now after being in Europe/Africa-Zone 2.
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posted on 23-11-2004 at 06:35 PM Reply With Quote


Ohhh,well you know more than me about my own country robert!!!:D Then again,who cares about countries playing in the Europe/African zone? Its the same with the mens side as well!!

Disappointing not to see vera get one of the singles matches but not surprising really, i kinda thought thats how they'd have the ties!!:(




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posted on 23-11-2004 at 09:24 PM Reply With Quote


I used to be fan of Elena Baltacha. But she suddenly 'disappeared'. I saw her play a couple of times, but never heard about her anymore. But she is import-English isn't she???:P



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posted on 23-11-2004 at 09:54 PM Reply With Quote


Yeah,as much as i am aware she is sacha though i dont know enough about the brittish women cause there all rubbish!!:D



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posted on 24-11-2004 at 04:54 PM Reply With Quote


Could that have been any easier for the Russians? lol......Kuznetsova won 6/1 6/1 and Myskina won 6/0 6/0!!:D

Hopefully the coach might let vera have one of the singles matches tomorrow cause as far as im concerned,this tie is over now!!:)




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posted on 25-11-2004 at 05:57 AM Reply With Quote


Would be great if she got a singles match.
How are you coping Robert? :D
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posted on 25-11-2004 at 06:03 AM Reply With Quote


Yeah! We won 2 games on the first day! Hooray! :D
I think you´re wrong Nick. The tie is not over, because Wartusch is replaced by Kix now and Kuznetsova has to beware, because Kix is #362! :D

I also hope that Vera will get the chance to play a single today. Would also be good for Kuznetsova to replace Vera in the doubles then to practise for the double match in the final.
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posted on 25-11-2004 at 07:37 AM Reply With Quote


God,362 in the world, i can see what you mean rob,the girls better be very aware of her!!!:D



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posted on 25-11-2004 at 03:11 PM Reply With Quote


I believe this Meusburger girl is giving Myskina a hard time!



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posted on 25-11-2004 at 06:32 PM Reply With Quote


Does anyone know why Vera's been dropped from the doubles match?:(

Ive looked on the fed cup page and cant find any information on it!!




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posted on 25-11-2004 at 06:39 PM Reply With Quote


Hope they are resting Her to use for Dechy #7 or whatever it is! I thought they would play Her in one of the singles!
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posted on 25-11-2004 at 07:29 PM Reply With Quote


Im starting to think she wont get used at all!! I say this because surely theyd want all their players to have had some tennis going into the final!!:(



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posted on 25-11-2004 at 09:24 PM Reply With Quote


Seems really strange that she didn't even play in the dead singles rubber. I have a feeling that you might be right Nick, but that is a real shame. Vera deserves better treatment than that
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posted on 25-11-2004 at 09:28 PM Reply With Quote


Yeah,maybe it is abit harsh but she was really poor in LA and maybe they think that form might come over to the final and they wont want to lose a single rubber and perhaps they think they might if vera plays!!:(



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posted on 25-11-2004 at 09:42 PM Reply With Quote


Did you guys hear the comments that came out from Myskina yesterday about Sharapova?

Myskina said that she wouldnt play for Russia again if Sharapova got picked!! The feeling is that Zvonareva and Dementieva would refuse to play too as they are all so close friends!!!

That would be interesting to see if it happened!!




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posted on 26-11-2004 at 02:05 AM Reply With Quote


From what I understand, it has to do with Masha's father. He is the one that the rest of the girls have issues with not so much Masha. The stories coming out make for interesting reading
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posted on 26-11-2004 at 04:16 AM Reply With Quote


From what I read from Russian forum, Vera watched first match and left after it. It was annonsed that Vera had good excuse not to be on a kind of selebration after all matches. She was talking on her cellphone all the time during the first match. She also was happy an signed lots of things fo fans.
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posted on 26-11-2004 at 04:41 AM Reply With Quote
Vera in L.A.



I want to add a little context to Vera's play in Los Angeles. I was able to watch her match against Sharapova, because that one was televised here in the U.S., but her earlier matches were not.

First, Vera played a LOT of tennis before getting to L.A. Immediately following the U.S. Open in NY (lost in R16), she went to Beijing (lost in semis), then to Filderstadt (1st R loss), then to Moscow (QF loss), then to Zurich (2R loss), then to Linz (QF loss), then to Philadelphia (loss to Mauresmo in final in 3 sets). Then to L.A. No breaks between any of these tournaments.

At Philadelphia, she played Bammer (3 sets), Dechy (3 sets), Capriati (amazingly, only 2 sets), Petrova (2nd set tie-breaker), and finally an emotional loss to Mauresmo in 3 sets. Of course, by beating Petrova Vera qualified for the Championships, passing Jennifer and Venus.

Leaving Philly, Vera's plane was 3 hours late, and she got into L.A. at 3:00a.m. (Add more frustration to the loss).

In L.A., Vera had to play each of the first 3 days. Kuznetsova was the only other player in either group that had to play each of the first 3 days. Vera played Svetlana on the first day, and the last tournament Kuznetsova had played prior to L.A. was Moscow, a month earlier.

The 2nd day, Vera played Mauresmo, who did not have to play the 1st day. So Amelie had an extra day to recover from Philly.

The 3rd day was against Maria. In the 2nd set, Vera saved 12 break points and recovered 2 from Sharapova (Maria was 3/15 for the set). As tired as she was, and as negative as she was during much of the 2nd set, Vera nevertheless put up a tremendous battle.

In fact, this is the only match where I've seen Sharapova really get frustrated over mis-hits or losing points. Usually, she's got complete control over her emotions.

Vera really should have won that 2nd set, and she had a couple chances but just couldn't quite manage it. If she can figure out how to get her emotions to work for her instead of against her, she'll be moving far up into the top 10.

Vera did not play badly against Maria, but she did not take the chances she needed to, and Maria did.

I'm also hoping Vera gets a chance to play in the finals, but it doesn't look like it now. I think Nick is right -- they probably would want all their players to be battle-tested going into the final.
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posted on 26-11-2004 at 05:08 AM Reply With Quote


Well put Sam.
I would imagine fatigue would have been an issue and you make a good point about Vera and her emotions. If she can channel them the right way I think we could see Vera consistently in the top 10. Time will tell I guess
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We won a set (something that Spain didn´t) and Meusburger won 6 straight games in a row against Myskina! *does a little happy dance* So we can see us as 3rd best nation this year!

Too bad that Vera didn´t get a chance to play. I also don´t think that there a big chances now for her to play in the final.
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posted on 26-11-2004 at 07:43 AM Reply With Quote


Well if thats true that Vera did leave after the first match then it must have been something pretty serious!! I hope theres nothing serious wrong at home or anything like that!! You wouldnt wish that on anyone!!

Its a good argument you put forward sam, oh and welcome to the forum by the way, but vera decides her own schedule, she didnt have to play all the tournaments she did play this year so it really was her own doing that she ended up so tired!! I just hope she will choose to play a few less this year cause it didnt really do her any good in the end!!




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