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#1 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:01:29 PM(UTC)
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Our old thread was in "Other Tournaments & may not have come over.


Upcoming Russia vs Italy, April 16-17 in Moscow, will be in a new venue:


The Moscow Sports Palace Megasport on Khodynka Boulevard, sometimes called the "Ice Palace"  


Updates from Vladas Lasitskas, a usually reliable source, tweets:

The surface in Megasport will be put directly on ice:shocked: After FC match Rus vs It this arena will host the World Figure Skating Championships.
9 minutes ago via Twitterrific
Official Russian team nominations for Fed Cup vs Italy: Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nastia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova.



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#2 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 6:07:09 AM(UTC)
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How come Maria is not in the team? Is it her busy schedule won't allow or because she didn't do well against France? I think she was catching the flu bug at that time.

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#3 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 9:59:09 AM(UTC)
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It's not about her. Before Moscow in Feb, it was already decided Zvonareva would lead the team the next time. See, captain Tarpischev, as much as winning, is now also concerned with qualifying the top players for the London Olympiad:


At this point: only Nastia & Kuzi are QUALIFIED.
Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko, Elena Vesnina and Ksenia Pervak still need to play two Fed Cup ties. 
Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Nadia Petrova, Alisa Kleybanova, Ekaterina Makarova, Anna Chakvetadze, Vera Dushevina, and Alla Kudryavtseva all need one more. 
(Last opportunity to qualify for the Games in London in tennis will be in June 2012. We KNOW Russia will play TWO ties--they might play as many as four during that time.)


Maria will play another Fed Cup tie before London.

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#5 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 4:46:16 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for explaining, Paul. So Masha needs to play once more to qualify. Wow! So many Russian players.

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#6 Posted : Friday, April 01, 2011 10:47:04 PM(UTC)
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You are welcome. Russia can have four women players plus an additional doubles pair for a total of six on site at London. Of course a few more should be qualified in case one or more top players are injured or otherwise unavailable then.


I've posted more details & linx on the Team Russia thread at the Dementieva forum:


 http://dementievaforum.n...&t=6107&start=40

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#4 Posted : Saturday, April 02, 2011 12:02:00 AM(UTC)
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It's not about her. Before Moscow in Feb, it was already decided Zvonareva would lead the team the next time. See, captain Tarpischev, as much as winning, is now also concerned with qualifying the top players for the London Olympiad:


At this point: only Nastia & Kuzi are QUALIFIED.
Vera Zvonareva, Maria Kirilenko, Elena Vesnina and Ksenia Pervak still need to play two Fed Cup ties. 
Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Nadia Petrova, Alisa Kleybanova, Ekaterina Makarova, Anna Chakvetadze, Vera Dushevina, and Alla Kudryavtseva all need one more. 
(Last opportunity to qualify for the Games in London in tennis will be in June 2012. We KNOW Russia will play TWO ties--they might play as many as four during that time.)


Maria will play another Fed Cup tie before London.



Yes Masha really want to participate to this Olympic Game, it is a priority for her. So we will watch her playing in Team Russia more often now. It is also a good news!!!!!

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#7 Posted : Sunday, April 03, 2011 12:03:18 PM(UTC)
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Fed Cup Official site:
http://www.fedcup.com/en/home.aspx 

FYI--there is a separate Russian Fed Cup site to monitor: http://www.fc.tennis-russia.ru/index-eng.html They will post a lotta pix. If you need to translate a particular page, look up on the right to link Pyc/Eng.

Also, pertinent articles may appear on the RTF official site http://www.tennis-russia.ru/ . Its English version isn't contructed yet but one can run it thru babelfish or Google Translate.


 
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:17:58 AM(UTC)
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Report Clijsters outta Fed Cup against Czech Rep with injuries. Looks like it's all on Wicky again


 


From Fed Cup site:


 


Russia has named an ominously strong team to face Italy in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, being played in Moscow on 16-17 April.

World No. 3 Vera Zvonareva heads up the Russian challenge alongside Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova. All four players are currently ranked inside the Top 40.

Zvonareva, twice a Fed Cup winner, is making her first appearance for Russia since playing in the title-winning team of 2008. She finished runner-up at both the US Open and Wimbledon last year.

Kuznetsova, who has lifted the Fed Cup trophy on three occasions, is a former US Open and Roland Garros champion, while Pavlyuchenkova and Makarova add considerable depth to the home side.

The Italian team is yet to be announced, although Francesca Schiavone is expected to miss out to concentrate on her Roland Garros title defence. Italy is chasing a third successive Fed Cup crown.

The other semifinal sees Belgium take on Czech Republic in Charleroi. Kim Clijsters is injured so the Belgians will be relying on Yanina Wickmayer to lead the fight, while the Czechs have already named a full strength line-up of Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

The deadline for official team nominations is on 6 April.

Actually, Francesca is the Italian most prone to screw up in Moscow...  lol

Looks like there may be streams of World Group II as well as World Group playoffs.


 Count on stream-friendly Russian broadcast plus the extended ITF live stream coverage. Any effort to block them from the webcasters would be stupid & pointless--as Italian RAI will spew the tie all over the Net. 



INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTERS (so far)

RAI (ITALY)
16 April: 11:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
17 April: 11:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live

DOLCE SPORT (ROMANIA)
16 April: 12:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
17 April: 12:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live

NEO SPORTS (INDIA)
16 April: 15:30 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
17 April: 15:30 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live

SOLAR (PHILIPPINES)
19 April: 15:00 (09:00 GMT) Day 1 Delayed
20 April: 15:00 (09:00 GMT) Day 2 Delayed
21 April: 15:00 (09:00 GMT) Day 1 Repeat
23 April: 08:00 (01:00 GMT) Day 2 Repeat

SPORT TV (PORTUGAL)
16 April: 21:40 (20:40 GMT) Day 1 Delayed
17 April: 22:00 (21:00 GMT) Day 1 Delayed

STARHUB (SINGAPORE)
16 April: 17:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
17 April: 17:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 1 Live

TENNIS CHANNEL (USA)
16 April: 17:00-21:00 (22:00-02:00 GMT) Day 1 Delayed
17 April: 23:00-01:00 (04:00-06:00 GMT) Day 1 Delayed


 

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#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 06, 2011 10:57:24 AM(UTC)
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Francesca & Flavia BOTH out:


RUSSIA v ITALY


Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, Russia
Surface: Indoor hard


The Italians are the two-time defending Fed Cup champions, but the absence of Flavia Pennetta and reigning Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone will make it very difficult for them to keep that run alive.


Corrado Barazzutti will instead have to rely on the services of Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. Both are ranked inside the top 50, although they have largely played support roles for Italy in recent times.


Russia, on the other hand, has named a strong side that includes world No. 3 Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova, a former US Open and Roland Garros champion. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova provide significant depth.


Russia
Vera Zvonareva
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Ekaterina Makarova
Shamil Tarpischev (captain)


Italy
Roberta Vinci
Sara Errani
Alberta Brianti
Maria Elena Camerin
Corrado Barazzutti (captain)


Fed Cup Official site:
http://www.fedcup.com/en/home.aspx 


With ITF stream coverage (& webcasters' appropriation thereof) expanded to include both World Group & World Group II playoffs, there will be players I'm sure everyone will want to catch. 


 


NoteJAPAN v ARGENTINA




The ITF announced on 21 March that, due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this tie would be postponed until 16-17 July.


“In light of these dreadful and exceptional circumstances, we felt it was important to give the JTA the opportunity still to host the tie and for Fed Cup to play its very small part in the healing process of a nation. We are grateful to both nations, Japan and Argentina, for their cooperation," said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti.





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#10 Posted : Monday, April 11, 2011 10:11:16 AM(UTC)
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  April 16-17


FC BS Notes: 1) Now we hear that Venus Williams will travel to Stuttgart with the US team for "support". Whatcha wanna bet they're gonna claim that "made her available" & so the IOC should qualify her for London without playing FC?  


2) In addition to her shoulder, Kim Clijsters has now hurt her foot dancing at a wedding...  Do we note more than one Serena-imitation being played lately? lol


FC Preview podcast in Englishhttp://www.fedcup.com/en...d-play-offs-preview.aspx


Russian Broadcasts


1. LIVE broadcast on NTV-Plus, Sport Plus, & HD Sport (times Moscow: live at 10:00 GMT)

Saturday (April 16) - from 13:45, repeated at 23:00 on NTV-Plus "Tennis"

Sunday   (April 17) - c 13:50,      repeated at 22:15 on NTV-Plus "Tennis"

  

2. Recorded Telecast on the channel "Russia 2" (page players stream Russia-2 Россия 2 online; just google)

Saturday (April 16) - from 01:55 (21:45 GMT)

Sunday   (April 17) - from 00:50 (20:50 GMT)


Vera Zvonareva practicing at MegaSport in Moscow

 

Megasport interior with temporary bleachers & court laid on top of the ice:


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#11 Posted : Tuesday, April 12, 2011 12:49:40 PM(UTC)
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  April 16-17


In the wake of the Oktyabrskaya metro station bombing (marginalized in Yankee media until our mouthpieces figure how to blame the tragedy on Lukashenko or otherwise insinuate the awful deed was actually a good thing ):


Вікторыя Азарэнка plays at home in Minsk! 


Vika Podcast at: http://www.fedcup.com/en...ie-excites-azarenka.aspx 


There may well be stream of this tie. If it were only the new ITF feed or Belarusian state TV, it would get blocked in the States. But there is a maverick Estonian channel that persists in following their tennis players. Watch for them. 

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#13 Posted : Thursday, April 14, 2011 11:50:30 AM(UTC)
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Image April 16-17 Draw on Friday





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13.04.2011
The Fed Cup Semifinal, Russia vs Italy

Today the press-conferences of the Russian and the Italian national teams were held at the Sports Palace "Megasport" on the Khodynka field. The tennis players are taking part in the semifinal of the Fed Cup BNP Paribas on April, 16-17.

The first team to answer the journalists' questions were the Italian players. "I believe in my team. It is going to be harder without Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Penetta, but the team is highly motivated and we will fight till the last point", - the Italian captain Corrado Barazzuti said to the journalists. The captain also said that the court of the Megasport Stadium is "quite fast, and the tennis players are satisfied with it".

Shamil Tarpischev, answering the question about the potential of the Italian team left without their leaders, said that the match would be tough and gave the word to the leader of the Russian team Vera Zvonareva. "Despite the absence of Schiavone and Penetta in Moscow, the Italian team is very consistent. I am sure that they are not going to give up without a fight, and the match is going to be difficult", - Vera said.

The newcomer of the national team Ekaterina Makarova (first match in national team in Moscow) was asked how she felt about being the part of the team for the first time in her life. "I am very glad to be playing for the team and will try to show my best tennis", - she answered. (A little misleading: Katya has played FC twice before--2008 successful doubles versus Spain, 2010 unsuccessful singles versus Mattek-Sands in the US.)

The drawing for the match is to be held on Friday at 13:00 (Moscow time) (09:00 GMT) at the "Megasport" stadium.

Photo pagehttp://www.fc.tennis-russia.ru/db/photo/ Press conf, training.

Myskina is there.
Image 



Venue: Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, Russia

Start times: 

Day 1: 1400 hrs Local time (1000 hrs GMT)

Day 2: 1400 hrs Local time (1000 hrs GMT)

Saturday

R1: Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)

R2: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Sunday

R3: Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)

R4: Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sara Errani (ITA)

R5: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Alberta Brianti / Maria-Elena Camerin (ITA)



Anastasiya Pavluchenkova was asked whether she would be ready to play for her team in doubles in case the match were to be decisive. The tennis player said: “I hope this tie will go easier than it went against the French players, so I won’t have to 
fight for the decisive point. Still, I am always ready to go on court and play my best”.

 

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#12 Posted : Friday, April 15, 2011 10:41:50 AM(UTC)
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  April 16-17


In the wake of the Oktyabrskaya metro station bombing (marginalized in Yankee media until our mouthpieces figure how to blame the tragedy on Lukashenko or otherwise insinuate the awful deed was actually a good thing ):


Вікторыя Азарэнка plays at home in Minsk! 


Vika Podcast at: http://www.fedcup.com/en...ie-excites-azarenka.aspx 


There may well be stream of this tie. If it were only the new ITF feed or Belarusian state TV, it would get blocked in the States. But there is a maverick Estonian channel that persists in following their tennis players. Watch for them. 



Belarus temporarily replaces Russia as the Western sports mouthpieces' chief hate-object. There is little doubt every effort will be made to block stream from this event, beginning 11:00 GMT, an hour later than the Moscow tie:



Venue: Palace of Sport, Minsk, Belarus

Start times: 

Day 1: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)

Day 2: 1200 hrs (0900 GMT)

HOST Broadcaster ONT (BELARUS)

16 April: 13:45 (10:45 GMT) Day 1 live

17 April: 12:00 (09:00 GMT) Day 2 live


Azarenka, the world No. 5, faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, the Baltic No. 2, in the opening rubber at the Minsk Palace of 
Sport on Saturday, and is confident of putting Belarus in a strong position on day one.Her opponent, 15-year-old Kontaveit, is making only her second Fed Cup appearance, and although she knows she is unlikely to cause an upset, is confident that it will be an experience that will stand her in good stead.


Azarenka will be followed onto court by compatriot Olga Govortsova, who takes on Estonian No. 1 Margit Ruutel.


The Belarusian team paid a visit to meet the President last night, apparently got to watch him playing ice hockey for two 
hours... (snotty anonymous tweet on the ITF page.) Vika tweets:


i cant believe what happened in minsk...i cant stop thinking about and all the people...what the hell is wrong with this 
people who keep hurting and killing so many people...i just have no words...my deepest sorry to all the people in belarus..i 
pray and sending all my support (April 12th)


hey guys! just came back from official dinner for fed cup. im in minsk now getting ready to play on saturday..it was nice to see 
all the girls (This morning.)

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#14 Posted : Friday, April 15, 2011 11:09:38 AM(UTC)
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Possibly Most Interesting Fed Cup Tie:


Image April 16-17 


Ivanovic and Jovanovski selected for singles




15 Apr 2011



By 



  • Clive White








Photo: Srdjan StevanovicAna Ivanovic and Bojana Jovanovski (SRB). 


BRATISLAVA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC: The Slovak Republic team were taken by surprise when their opponents, Serbia, omitted their highest ranked player, Jelena Jankovic, from the line-up for the opening day singles in this Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie in Bratislava.


That's not to say the former world No. 1 won't make an appearance in the reverse singles on Sunday, but Dejan Vranes, the Serbian captain, has certainly given the opposition something to think about.


It is unlikely that this is pure gamesmanship. Jankovic's replacement, Bojana Jovanovski, is one of the game's up-and-coming players as she proved in Serbia's last match, in February, when in the absence of both Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic she embraced the added responsibility with open arms, contributing all three points in the 3-2 win against Canada.


It was nice timing because Jovanovski was presented with her Heart Award prior to the draw here following her performance in that World Group II tie, proudly holding aloft a cheque for $3,000 which is to be donated to victims of the Japanese earthquake.


The 19-year-old is scheduled to open the tie against the Slovak No. 1 Dominika Cibulkova - and confidently expects to win. They've never played each other before, only practised with one another. Ivanovic assumes the No. 1 role in Jankovic's `absence' and faces Daniela Hantuchova. They might just as well have never played each other since their last meeting was over three years ago, but Ivanovic leads 3-1 head-to-heads for what it's worth.


"I said when the Serbian nomination was announced that they had a very strong team and that we weren't talking about just two players, but three because I think Bojana has had a great year this year and is the same threat as the first two," said Slovak captain Matej Liptak, although he admitted to being slightly taken aback by the selection. "I don't know what the reason is – maybe it's some injury, sickness – I don't know - maybe tactics."


The word is that Jankovic will make an appearance in the reverse singles, probably against Hantuchova, but it's just speculation for now. It could prove to be a master stroke because these two teams are so evenly matched any extra rest one player might gain could be crucial. Jankovic wasn't complaining. "For now I respect the captain's decision," she said. "The most important thing is that we support each other."  


The two countries met at the same stage last year, in Belgrade, when it was Slovak Republic who advanced to the World Group by virtue of winning the doubles and it could well come down to the fifth and final rubber again.


Cibulkova was absent through injury then, but plays now, although any advantage is offset by the return to Fed Cup tennis of Ivanovic, the former world No. 1, after 14 months away. Clay was the choice of surface in Belgrade and it is now so there's no advantage for either side there also. After all, Ivanovic is a former French Open champion and Jankovic a three-time semifinalist at Roland Garros.


More importantly, from Serbia's point of view, Ivanovic seems to be coming back to her best, if her recent form at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami is anything to go by. She went out there in the fourth round to world No. 2 Kim Clijsters – whom she regards as the "hardest player out there at the moment" - after holding five match points against her. No wonder she said she couldn't sleep that night.


The motivation now is to emulate the success of Serbia's men in the Davis Cup last year and with the emergence of Jovanovski the women are better placed to do this than probably they have ever been. This weekend's tie couldn't be more difficult, though.


The full draw is listed below.


Saturday
R1: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
R2: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)


Sunday
R3: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
R4: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
R5: Daniela Hantuchova / Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) v Jelena Jankovic / Aleksandra Krunic (SRB)






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#15 Posted : Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:51:31 AM(UTC)
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Image April 16-17 


Lesia Tsurenko whacked Rodionova to hold Ukraine level 1:1 with host Australia in playoff.


Spain-France relegation issue:  MJMS takes first set from Razzano 62 on the Spanish clay at Lleida. Moscow starts in minutes I am in the Shoutbox.


Streams are out there except as suspected, Belarus. However, as fromsport is posting Slovenia-Canada, Vika might yet appear.  Shameful to black out a top player for purely political agenda


Moscow tie:
Singer IGOR NIKOLAEV ("KAK TY PREKRASNA" with Elena Dementieva ) front row with a young babe.


Zvonareva over Errani 40.   Vera sports tricolore nailpolish, K-Swiss outfit to Russia FC specs.


Singer IGOR NIKOLAEV ("KAK TY PREKRASNA" with Elena Dementieva :ok: ) front row with a young babe.


 


Nothing earthshattering in other tie results. http://www.fedcup.com/en/home.aspx  Dani & Ana still playing in Sibamac Arena. Good TV stream from Bratislava. 


 http://www.seeon.tv/view/11219/kelsa1 





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#16 Posted : Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:35:49 PM(UTC)
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:ok: While anything can happen, I am willing to assume Russia will play the Fed Cup 2011 Final in Nov. IMO the WTA Nov calendar designs conflict among Fed Cup final, the Istanbul YEC and Kremlin Cup to dilute Russian efforts. :humm: Tarpischev & the top players like Vera Masha need to coordinate on that.

After the semifinal, (13) Svetlana Kuznetsova, (21) Anastasiya Pavlyuchenkova & (39) Ekaterina Makarova are QUALIFIED for London 2012At least six Russian players need to be qualified.

(3) Vera Zvonareva, (9) Maria Sharapova, (22) Nadia Petrova, (25) Alisa Kleybanova, (50) Anna Chakvetadze, (54) Vera Dushevina, (75) Dinara Safina, and (78) Alla Kudryavtseva all need to play (or "be available to play") ONE more Fed Cup tie. 

(27) Maria Kirilenko, (45) Elena Vesnina and (87) Ksenia Pervak would need to play two Fed Cup ties.

(Deadline to qualify for the Games in London in tennis will be in June 2012. We KNOW the Russian Federation will play TWO more ties--they may play as many as three during that period of time.)

Let us not forget that Azarenka, Shvedova, a Bondarenko & perhaps more "other Russians" will also be in the London mix. :ciau:


PS: I had not expected this but--ITF's Eleanor Preston, reporting from Moscow, says a Russian Final is also "certain to be at home in Moscow"! 


Podcast: http://www.fedcup.com/en...and-play-offs-day-1.aspx 


 


SUNDAYhttp://www.livescorehunt...es/Livescore-Tennis.html begins with:
Sunday (17 April) GMT
09:00 Martinez Sanchez - Rezai (Spain - France)
09:00 Hercog - Marino (Slovenia - Canada)
09:30 Petkovic - Oudin (Germany - USA)
10:00 Zvonareva - Vinci (Russia - Italy)
10:00 Cibulkova - Ivanovic (Slovakia - Serbia)
10:30 Medina Garrigues - Razzano (Spain - France)
10:30 Zec-Peskiric - Bouchard (Slovenia - Canada)
11:00 Görges - Mchale (Germany - USA)
11:30 Wickmayer - Kvitova (Belgium - Czech Republic)
11:30 Kuznetsova - Errani (Russia - Italy)
11:30 Hantuchova - Jovanovski (Slovakia - Serbia)
13:00 Flipkens - Zahlavova Strycova (Belgium - Czech Republic)
Broadcast will certainly continue with any deciding fifth rubbers--some, like Italy's RAI, will show doubles even if just a consolation match. :flower:

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Russia enters tennis Federation Cup’s finals

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Any clue who that team coach is? I've seen him a long time. Anyway,  AND...


Image April 16-17 




Anybody notice the "Other Russians" whacked Oz? :O



Ukraine-Australia 3:2 =D>




HEY:

Image Final November 5-6, MOSCOW -- Russia vs Czech Republic

I dunno what the deal is that gets Russia home ties all year--whether an artifact of the rules or if ITF tweaked something to piss off WTA. (The WTA schedule mainpulation hurts ITF overall, not only Russia.) But hey, I'm good with 3 Moscow ties! 


Welcome Czech visitors! Iveta & Barbora's deciding doubles play was inspired! Not even to mention that the Czech women are soooo hot! 



Serbia managed to def the Slovaks 32 & return to World Group -- This by dint of a marathon deciding doubles with Jelena Jankovic & Aleksandra Krunic, 26 75 97 in 3:17!  


In spite of Ivanovic flaking out again.  I dunno, I found more interesting stuff than Ana to watch, so I did not see the issue/injury whatever. Just saying... She lost Hopman Cup for them by retiring during a critical match, y'know?  This getting to be a habit?
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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


Any clue who that team coach is? I've seen him a long time. Anyway,  AND...


Image April 16-17 




Anybody notice the "Other Russians" whacked Oz? :O



Ukraine-Australia 3:2 =D>




HEY:

Image Final November 5-6, MOSCOW -- Russia vs Czech Republic

I dunno what the deal is that gets Russia home ties all year--whether an artifact of the rules or if ITF tweaked something to piss off WTA. (The WTA schedule mainpulation hurts ITF overall, not only Russia.) But hey, I'm good with 3 Moscow ties! 

Welcome Czech visitors! Iveta & Barbora's deciding doubles play was inspired! Not even to mention that the Czech women are soooo hot! 

Serbia managed to def the Slovaks 32 & return to World Group -- This by dint of a marathon deciding doubles with Jelena Jankovic & Aleksandra Krunic, 26 75 97 in 3:17!  

In spite of Ivanovic flaking out again.  I dunno, I found more interesting stuff than Ana to watch, so I did not see the issue/injury whatever. Just saying... She lost Hopman Cup for them by retiring during a critical match, y'know?  This getting to be a habit?


Just my thoughts.


I dont want to be a jerk here but what the hell's going on in the fedcup?


Everyone knew Russia is the favorite. Even without some of its best players, the team led by Vera and Sveta could have won over Italy. But 5-0 against the defending champion? It's no more no less than a joke! So the question is: why the hell Francesca and Flavia were not in the team to defend their trophy? I don't want to hear that Schavione is injured because she plays Stuttgart this week. So what's going on? 


Australia played without Stosur and lost to Ukraine. But Sammy wasn't injured since she plays this week. So the Fed Cup is nothing to her? She prefers keeping her motivation for the Porsche?


And now the US will not be in the World Group in 2012! That's a premiere in the Fed Cup. Where's Venus by the way? Is she being recovering from some mysterious injury too? I can say the same for France. However France's story is much more complicated. Coming from France it didn't surprise me. In France people are really good at making simple things complicated.


The most surprising is the victory of Czech Republic over Belgium. At the beginning of this year, who could predict Belgium would'nt be in the final? My bet was Russia vs Belgium. Now the final victory seems so easy for Vera and her team mates.


I know the Fed Cup is not that attractive to high ranked players except for Eastern countries. So what are they waiting for to suppress the competition and replace it with some more major tournaments with many $ at stake?

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2012 World Group = Russia, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine :ok: 


Hi, M-Lover.  Think you're being a jerk? Hey, let a big-assed jerk get going here! :cool: Point by point:


What's going on in Fed Cup is what's gone down with women's tennis globally--the Eastern tsunami crests higher & higher.


I think the rules required the dead singles rubber, but Errani tried to redeem herself and it was quite competitive (two tie-break sets). The dead doubles rubber was played because both coaches wanted all their girls to get some action. Francesca has nothing more to prove--from now on, she does only what she wants, I think. Flavia, like Dementieva maybe felt, and Wicky could become--fed up with having everything put on her every time.


Tennis Australia, I fear, is ill with the American disease--criminals like Craig Tiley propagating an ethic of "it's all about US, it's all about $...". One can only hope that Kiwis and the good folks of Sydney & Perth remain far enough removed from the Melbourne corruption of the sport. Fed Cup's English mouthpieces tried to spin the outcome as a "European victory",  which is so lame it's laughable. :hahaha: 


Yeah. WGII. :gnegne: See ps below. USTA assured us that, as always, they could buy with money & coerce with political juice dominance they can no longer win on the court--however much they bribe judges & stitch the draws. How's that working out for them, hunh? Venus was on the bench at Stuttgart, trying to stay outta sight. In fairness, she had little enough to cheer. (Will claim to ITF/IOC she was "available to play" and should get into London without even a Fed Cup nomination!) More... 


You're right on the complicated. If there's a way to shoot themselves in the foot, the French will find it. Escude could have a winning team if the French federation, the WTA, and various cranky parents would butt out.


Actually, the Belgians & Czechs put on the most exciting, interesting and decorative (Barbora ) show of the weekend. Wicky & Flipper have nothing at all to be ashamed of, and the Czechs can be immensely proud. In the end, Barbora showed she's way more than her short skort & non-tennis tan. I don't think Moscow will go without a challenge. The Czech girls have played all kinds of places with less back-up than they deserve--even in Prague!  While they've not yet commanded top ten, the Czechs like the Russians are a team with great depth


Strictly IMO, before the Yank overlords & a few Brit & West European sycophants try to "suppress" anything, they better consult the record & the prospects. They TRIED to destroy ITF & replace it with the American-controlled associations.  The IOC helped slap 'em down, even before the BRICS countries won Sochi & Rio (and let's not even mention Doha World Cup...) The FACT is, "they" no longer have the juice. The old imperialists took tennis worldwide & it's now evolved into the global sport of the new world order--get used to it.


But if they wanna try, hey--let 'em throw down.  Make my dayRussia & India are already on the same page in considering an independent Eurasian Tour, and a Eurasian Slam would certainly result. AO postures as the exclusive slam of Asia-Pacific because they're scared spitless Beijing may initiate an East Asia Slam. I suspect the Southern Hemisphere might also be in the market for a level playing field without biased rulings & stitched up draws.


Remember, Masha has another Fed Cup tie to play. Given her Moscow record, I doubt they'll risk her in the Final. (Hopefully she'll be busy readying for Istanbul YEC, anyway.) Think maybe the first 2012 tie, after AO.  (Hopefully she'll be busy readying for Istanbul YEC, anyway. ) Think maybe the first 2012 tie, after AO.  


 


PS: Seriously, until kb4iuj's post in Fashion, I hadn't thought of this:


Maybe they'll play the US next year... :omg: What if the US had to go play in Minsk!!!??? :hahaha:


In the dark, Belarus def Estonia 5-0 to enter World Group II.


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