Fed Cup Tie's Discussion

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  1. boredone3456

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    Well not that anyone cares but the Fed Cup Tie Lineups have been announced and the first rounds are as follows

    Australia vs Italy
    Russia vs France
    Slovak Rep. vs Czech Repub.
    Belgium vs USA

    Australia vs Italy: This one I am thinking may be interesting. Italy has been really the dominant force in the past few years it seems and their team of Schiavone, Pennetta, Errani and Vinci is really good on paper. The Australians though have a pretty strong looking team to in Stosur, Groth, Stubbs and Rodionova. Schiavone and Pennetta as well as Stosur and Groth should be doing singles and the deciding doubles rubber may be tight, but if Italy is going to win I think they are going to need to do it in singles. If this was on clay, huge advantage Italy but I'm thinking as its on Hard Courts...Australia may pull this out. I am thinking this may be one of the more competitive ties

    Russia vs France: On paper this looks like it should be a Demolition for Russia, but Sharapova, Safina and Pavyluchenkova all have problems and Kuznetsova hasn't been great lately either so if Razzano and Cornet actually play their best for France it could be murky for the Russians. I think Russia wins this though.

    Slovak vs Czech: Hmmm...no clue. On paper I think the czechs have a stronger team but Hantuchova and Cibulkova at their rarely seen bests I think are the best players in this tie, but they are both so erratic it could be interesting.

    Belgium vs USA: the USA I think is completely screwed. Clijsters is playing for Belgium and she is the hottest player on tour right now and Wickmayer if she actually plays well well...it could be 4-1 for Belgium, I think the USA with Huber and King playing doubles may at least win that one but the USA's only chance is if Wickmayer loses both of her rubbers and I don't see that happening, one maybe...2...no.
     
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    What? Fed Cup? Is it something like 2 Girls 1 Cup?
     
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    More like 4 or 5 girls, 1 cup.
     
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    Italy, Russia, Czech, and USA will win. Is Clijsters REALLY doing this? Is Mattek-Sands OUT?
     
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    I haven't seen the player list for USA. That said, Clijsters might play half-heartedly here. Wickmayer is so hot-or-cold. Doubles should be a win for USA. We just don't have a good side and won't anytime soon.

    Czech Republic playing their former countrymen... They should win. I haven't seen the lineup, but Kvitova should overwhelm Hantuchova and Cibulkova. Benesova would be the wildcard here.

    I suspect Italy would play Schiavone and Pennetta for singles, but Pennetta just came off winning the AO doubles. Neither of the two are world beaters, so the Stosur-Schiavone match could be the one that decides it. Rodionova would have to be an ultra beeotch for them to win the doubles.

    Russia... uhhh should win, but this lineup is not ideal for them. In an early round match like this, why not use more of the younger players? Makarova, Kirilenko, Kleybanova could get through France + get qualified for Olympics since Russia's crew of former elites are going down in the ranks.
     
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    I watched Wickmayer play doubles, and she was not very good (in that one match). I do like her singles game, however.
    Pennetta is amazing at doubles, of course, and is a solid singles player.
    For Russia...Kirilenko is an excellent doubles player.
    It should be fun, I really enjoy the Fed Cup.
     
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    Romania lost 3-0 to the Netherlands... HOW? Romania had 3 players in the top 100 vs 0 for the Netherlands. At least use the two other players for the doubles.... and they didn't even do that.
     
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    All the Romanian players while gifted, are also extremely erratic and inconsistent in their delivery. Cirstea is probably their best and lately she just isn't delivering anywhere, so its not all that surprising.
     
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    I was expecting Dulgheru, ranked #29, to at least add a win for them. They didn't even use Cirstea. Romania will be under the shadows of Russia/Czech Republic/Slovakia/Italy for a little longer.
     
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    Dulgheru is ranked that high? LOL I didn't even know that. I have seen her play and her game, while ok, is nothing amazing to me anyway. She plays a lot of events so and has some runs I guess, but I never really saw anything about her that seemed all that memorable. They didn't even use Cirstea? I mean she lately has been a floundering fish out of water but she is still probably their best player in terms of ability at her best.
     
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    Great OP, boredone!

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    The first round of the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas takes place this weekend ...


    http://www.wtatour.com/news/20110203/fed-cup-preview_2256076_2284362
     
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    Fed Cup page

    http://www.fedcup.com/en/home.aspx

    Has the main group as well as the zone groups.

    Netherlands have a young squad and they've blitzed their two opponents, winning all 6 matches in Group 1-D
    Belarus doing the same in Group 1-C
    Group B is up for grabs as every country has lost one encounter
    Switzerland clinched Group 1-A

    For the Group 1 teams:
     
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    I'll watch it since its named after Rogi.
     
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    watch the australians, it is being played in Hobart on the same court Groth won her second WTA tournament on just before the AO. Stosur is, well, who knows which Stosur will turn up, but they are very good at doubles...
     
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    promises to be a good one ... if the players aren't too knackered! :)

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    Samantha Stosur (AUS) and Francesca Schiavone (ITA).

    http://www.fedcup.com/en/news/articles/australia-v-italy---friday.aspx


     
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    Groth prevailed. Might be trouble for Italy seeing their #1 go down.
     
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    Stosur choking on her serve when serving for the set.. broken.
    Flavia serving to stay in set 4-5.
     
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    flavia's the iron maiden if she can pull this one out after her recent AO doubles championship ...... she holds to love to open the second set, after having taken the first set TB

    won't help sam's state of mind that she's never won a single set off flavia in their three previous meetings
     
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    Stosur is such a choker. Both sets she's had the chance to serve it out and failed both times.
    Pennetta DFs set pt. Going to a 3rd set. Flavia lost the last 4 pts of that TB after leading 5-3 in it.
     
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    it's hard to understand little sammi stosur ... she played so well to break and consolidate in the second, then was broken to love when serving for the set .......... she's just lucky that pennetta DF to lose that second set TB

    I was wondering about flavia's left thigh since she had it strapped in her AO dubs final .... and she did have a mto in the second to get it strapped again here today.

    theyve each got 83 points at 30 all in the first game of the deciding set .......
     
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    Just saw Clijsters is gonna be facing Oudin, she's going take Oudin to school in that meeting.
     
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    Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin against USA, WOW no match.
     
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    Flavia lets Sam break her and Sam gives the break right back....tsk tsk
     
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    ^^^ rotten shame ..........

    but Italy serving for the match,
    levels the tie, taking deciding set 6-4!

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    is this on somewhere ??:confused:
     
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    sorry, dahling, just saw this now ......... yes, I gave the link above @ http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=5400361&postcount=18

    australia/italy is over for today, reverse singles tomorrow :)

    at this point, theyre not showing links to the other world group matches mentioned above ... that is, no links so far @ LSH, but they MIGHT turn up as match time approaches. also, the official website (link also above) provides a subscription, if anybody wants to go that route! :p
     
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    especially since theyre playing in belgium! :twisted:

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    13.30 Antwerp = 04.30 Pacific = 07.30 Eastern

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    Safina and Pavlyuchenkova will be playing the doubles for Russia not sure what to make of that pairing.
     
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    ^ THAT is the best line up the USA can produce these days? :shock: So sad.
     
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    Wickmayer is learning Mattek-Sands how to play tennis right now. Go Belgium!
     
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    Wow,,,Kuznetsova has been sucking up the court lately. Goes down in the 1st rubber to Alize Cornet of France. In Russia at home court nonetheless.....................LOL
     
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    I really question putting Kuzzy in singles. She's not a bad doubles player so I would have left her to partner with Safina. Pavlyuchenkova has played Fed Cup before and is their highest ranked player in this lineup.
     
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    Sharapova down a set to Razzano. 6 DFs in the 1st set for Sharapova.
     
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    Is Russia too cheap to have Hawkeye? Heck the Czech-Slovak match has it..

    Razzano up a double break in the 2nd set 4-1. Sharapova is slow, sloppy, and useless.

    Might be life. Sharapova just a break down. Razzano serving 4-3.

    Now 4-4.

    Break-fest. Razzano breaks Sharapova again. Razzano serving for the match 5-4.

    3 MP... and it's over. France up 2-0.
     
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    Kvitova wins 6-2 6-3. Czech up 2-0.
     
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    Kuzzy had 24W-62UE, Cornet 26W-61UE
    Sharapova had 9W-46UE. Oh and 10 DFs too I believe.

    I thought playing for your country was motivation to bring out your best. YIKES!
     
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    ^^ Just wow. :shock:

    I mean, Alizé has been useless for what seems like an eternity, and Virginie just came back from injury. I'm happy they both won but it's still quite shocking results.
     
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    Despite all the highs and lows of the russian ladies I had difficulties to believe results from Russia-France! :shock: Maybe they are just making this interesting & exciting!?! :lol:
     
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    Russia's coach now has his work cut out. France's coach was actually doing his job.

    Based on today's matches Sharapova should be replaced by Pavlyuchenkova. Sharapova was only playing for Olympic eligibility anyway. As for Kuzzy, I don't know. I would not put Safina in her place.

    I guess Safina could and should beat Cornet in singles. Then put Pavlyuchenkova vs Razzano. But even with that idea I'm not thrilled with it because Pavlyuchenkova and Safina are also on-demand UE machines.

    I guess I'll congratulate France for the upset in advance because Russia is screwed.
     
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    Only just realized Cornet is only 21 its as if she's been around for a long time.
     
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    I think I would play Masha against Cornet, no matter how bad she is playing she will have chances on the Cornet serve.

    I would play Pavy against Razzano and partner Kuzy/Safina in the doubs.

    Under NO circumstanes should Safina play singles. She has only won 1 GAME in her last 2 matches. A similar loss at home may destroy her.
     
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    Safina should not play singles, I agree. She shouldn't have even been asked to come.

    Russia should have sent 3 singles' specialists, not 4. And players coming into the event in form. None of them can say that.

    Seeing that the French are not composed of headcases I don't really like Russia's odds. Sharapova's losing to bottom feeders the past 2+ years and Kuznetsova can lose to just about anybody. Pavlyuchenkova could beat Cornet, but not sure this 2011 version of Kuznetsova will take out Razzano. If they somehow make it to the doubles decider, Russia will need Kuzzy and Safina to be on their good behavior.

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    Glad I missed USA getting beat by Belgium today! :(

    Stosur v Schiavone will begin in a couple hours,
    followed by Groth v Pennetta @ http://www.livescorehunter.com/Livescores/Livescore-Tennis.html

    It would be NICE if Stosur, in light of her historically excellent Fed Cup record, could win one for her team! :roll:

    If Pennetta is still having left thigh issues, Groth could win that contest! :D

    Italy's been on top for too long, so I'm rooting for Australia this time around ... if it goes to a fifth rubber, A. RODIONOVA/R. STUBBS s/b able to beat S. ERRANI/R. VINCI ... that's supposing Captain Barazzutti doesn't pull a substitution! :p
     
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    nice play from Francesca against Stosur. was 15-40 down 2bp , brings Sam in with dropshot, volley lobs. Then saves next bp with serve n volley... but Stosur goes down line deuce :D

    AHHHHH HEWWWW!!!

    Sam lost a very tight first set in the tb but is now 5-2 up in the second.
     
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    Stosur is a supreme choker. On her own home soil she fails yet again. For whatever reason Pennetta owns her. Schiavone was a better matchup for her and Groth had beaten her the prior day. I didn't get to see the match but it just seems Stosur loses focus and composure at the wrong times. Her serve is top 3, her forehand is overpowering. Baffling...
     
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