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FED CUP 2005, Europe/Africa group I


Venue: Club Ali bey Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey
Surface: Red Clay (Outdoor)
Dates: Week Commencing April 18, 2005

Nations: 16
Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine

Format: Sixteen (16) teams are currently scheduled to compete and they will be drawn into four Round Robin pools of four (4) teams. The Round Robin will be played Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday, the following play off matches will be played:

The four teams that finish in 1st position in their pool will play off to determine which two teams will be promoted to the 2005 World Group II Play-offs in July. The winner from pool A plays winner pool B. Winner pool C plays winner pool D.

The four teams that finish in fourth position in their pool will play off and the two losing teams will be relegated to Europe/Africa Group II in 2006.

The four teams that finish in second position in their pool will play off to determine the joint 5/6 and 7/8 positions, and the four teams that finish in third position in their pool will play off to determine the joint 9/10 and 11/12 positions

Teams:

1. GREECE (GRE)
1. Anna Gerasimou 15.10.87
2. Anastasia Michail
3. Asmina Kaplani 27.10.83
4. Anna Koumantou 03.12.82

Captain: Mr. George Kalovelonis 23.04.59

2. POLAND (POL)
1. Karolina Kosinska 17.06.86
2. Joanna Sakowicz 01.05.84
3. Klaudia Jans 24.09.84
4. Alicja Rosolska 01.12.85

Captain: Mrs Magdalena Grzybowska 22.11.78

3. ISRAEL (ISR)
1. Anna Smashnova 16.07.76
2. Tzipora Obziler 19.04.73
3. Shahar Peer 01.05.87
4. Elana Agranovich 12.07.88

Captain: Mr. Oded Jackob 19.01.65

4. LUXEMBOURG (LUX)
1. Claudine Schaul 20.08.83
2. Anne Kremer 17.10.75
3. Mandy Minella 22.11.85
4. Lynn Philippe 02.12.88

Captain: Mr. Alioune Toure 22.06.66

5. NETHERLANDS (NED)
1. Michaella Krajicek 09.01.89
2. Elise Tamaela 22.01.84
3. Michelle Gerards 08.07.84
4. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 28.12.70

Captain: Mr. Hans Felius 24.10.55

6. SWEDEN (SWE)
1. Sofia Arvidsson 16.02.84
2. Hanna Nooni 09.03.84
3. Sousan Massi 31.07.84
4. Johanna Larsson 17.08.88

Captain: Miss Catarina Lindqvist 13.06.63

7. BELARUS (BLR)
1. Anastasia Yakimova 01.11.86
2. Tatiana Poutchek 09.01.79
3. Ekaterina Dzehalevich 03.05.86
4. Viktoria Azarenka 31.07.89

Captain: Mr. Dmitri Tatur 22.06.68

8. BULGARIA (BUL)
1. Magdalena Maleeva 01.04.75
2. Sesil Karatantcheva 08.08.89
3. Tsvetana Pironkova 13.09.87
4. Maria Penkova 23.06.84

Playing Captain: Miss Magdalena Maleeva 01.04.75

9. HUNGARY (HUN)
1. Zsofia Gubacsi 06.04.81
2. Virag Nemeth 19.06.85
3. Agnes Szavay 29.12.88
4. Barbara Pocza 06.04.86

Captain: Mr. Gabor Juhasz

10. GREAT BRITAIN (GBR)
1. Elena Baltacha 14.08.83
2. Anne Keothavong 16.09.83
3. Jane O’Donoghue 29.03.83
4. Katie O’Brien 02.05.86

Captain: Mr. Nick Brown 03.09.61

11. DENMARK (DEN)
1. Karina Jacobsgaard 01.01.80
2. Caroline Wozniacki 11.07.90
3. Hanne Skak-Jensen 29.04.86
4. Gluay Kampookaew 16.04.88

Captain: Mr. Morten Christensen 15.06.65

12. UKRAINE (UKR)
1. Alyona Bondarenko 13.08.84
2. Olga Savchuk 20.09.87
3. Katerina Bondarenko 08.08.86
4. Valeria Bondarenko 20.06.82

Captain: Mr. Yuriy Snopko 09.08.55

13. SOUTH AFRICA (RSA)
1. Natalie Grandin 27.02.81
2. Chanelle Scheepers 13.03.84
3. Lizaan Du Plessis 23.02.86
4. Alicia Pillay 24.03.80

Captain: Mrs Rowena Sanders 30.06.53

14. ESTONIA (EST)
1. Maret Ani 31.01.82
2. Margit Ruutel 04.09.83
3. Anett Kaasik 05.06.86
4. Ilona Poljakova

Captain: Tiit Kivistik 07.02.52

15. SLOVENIA (SLO)
1. Katarina Srebotnik 12.03.81
2. Tina Pisnik 19.02.81
3. Andreja Klepac 13.03.86
4. Tina Krizan 18.03.74

Captain: Miss Mima Jausovec 20.07.56

16. SERBIA & MONTENEGRO (SCG)
1. Jelena Jankovic 28.02.85
2. Ana Timotic 30.12.82
3. Ana Jovanovic 28.12.84
4. Dragana Zaric 01.08.77

Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica 04.07.78
 
 

Schedule Pool C:
20 April
Slovenia v Great Britain 3-0
Tina Pisnik def. Anne Keothavong 6-3, 6-3
Katarina Srebotnik def. Elena Baltacha 6-1, 6-1
Klepač/Križan def. O'Donoghue/Baltacha 6-1, 6-4

Denmark v Serbia & Montenegro 0-3
Caroline Wozniacki l/t Ana Jovanovic 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-6
Karina-Ildor Jacobsgaard l/t Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 0-6
Jacobsgaard /Skak Jensen l/t Jankovic /Zaric 2-6, 2-6

21 April
Slovenia v Serbia & Montenegro 2-1
Tina Pisnik def Ana Timotic 6-0, 6-1
Katarina Srebotnik l/t Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 4-6, 6-8
Srebotnik/Križan def. Jankovic/Zaric 6-0, 7-6(6)

Danmark v Great Britain: 1-2
Caroline Wozniacki l/t Anne Keothavong: 3-6, 6-4, 2-6
Karina I. Jacobsgaard l/t Elena Baltacha: 3-6, 5-7
Karina I. Jacobsgaard/ Hanne Skak Jensen def. Jane O'Donoghue/ Katie O'Brien: 6-3, 7-6(5)

22 April
Slovenia v Denmark 1-2
Tina Križan l/t Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 0-6
Andreja Klepač def. Karina I. Jacobsgaard 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
Križan/Klepač l/t Kampookaew /Skak-Jensen 1-2 Ret.
 

                             DRAWS/RESULTS

GROUP
A
P
V
L
1
Bulgaria
3
8

2
South Africa
2
5
4
3
Hungary
1
5
4
4
Estonia
0
0
9
1
Bulgaria
South Africa 

3
0
2
Hungary
Estonia

3
0
3
South Africa 
Estonia

3
0
4
Bulgaria
Hungary

2
1
5
Bulgaria
Estonia

3
0
6
South Africa
Hungary

2
1


GROUP
B
P
V
L
1
Netherlands
3
8
1
2
Sweden
2
5
4
3
Luxembourg
1
3
6
4
Poland
0
2
7
1
Sweden
Luxembourg  

2
1
2
Netherlands   
Poland

3
0
3
Netherlands
Sweden

2
1
4
Luxembourg
Poland

2
1
5
Netherlands
Luxembourg

3
0
6
Sweden
Poland

2
1


GROUP
C
P
V
L
1
Slovenia
2
6

2
Serbia & Montenegro
2
6
3
3
Great Britain
1
3
6
4
Denmark
1
3
6
1
Slovenia
Great Britain

3
0
2
Serbia & Mon.
Denmark

3
0
3
Slovenia
Serbia & Mon. 

2
1
4
Great Britain     
Denmark

2
1
5
Denmark
Slovenia

2
1
6
Serbia & Mon.
Great Britain

2
1


GROUP
D
P
V
L
1
Belarus                                
3
7
2
2
Israel
2
7
2
3
Ukraine
1
4
5
4
Greece
0
0
9
1
Belarus
Israel            

2
1
2
Ukraine              
Greece              

3
0
3
Belarus
Ukraine

2
1
4
Israel
Greece

3
0
5
Israel
Ukraine

3
0
6
Belarus
Greece

3
0


Slovenia, Bulgaria, Belarus and Netherlands have qualified for Saturdays play-off.

Play-off

WORLD
GROUP II
V
L
SLOVENIA      
BELARUS
2
1
BULGARIA    
NETHERLANDS 2
0








RELEGATION


DENMARK
GREECE
2
1
ESTONIA
POLAND
3
0

Play-off Saturday 23 April
Slovenia d.. Belarus 2-1

Tina Pisnik (SLO) l/t Viktoria Azarenka (BLR) 7-6(2), 6-7(0), 2-6
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) def Anastasia Yakimova (BLR) 6-1, 6-0
Srebotnik/Krizan def. Azarenka/Poutchek 6-3, 6-2

Bulgaria d. Netherlands 2-0
Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) def. Elise Tamaëla (NED) 6-1, 6-1
Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) def Michaëlla Krajicek (NED) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Relegation Play-off
Denmark d. Greece 2-1

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) def. Anna Koumantou (GRE) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Anna Gerasimou (GRE) def. Karina-Ildor Jacobsgaard (DEN) 3-6, 7-5, 11-9
Hanne Skak-Jensen/Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) def. Asmina Kaplani/Anna Koumantou (GRE) 7-6(5), 6-4


World Group II Play-offs Draw

Bulgaria vs Japan (c)
Puerto Rico (c) vs Indonesia
Slovak Republic vs Thailand (c)
Slovenia vs China (c)

The ties will be played on 9 - 10 July 2005
(c)=Choice of Ground, plays at home.

CHINA PR vs. SLOVENIA

Beijing International Tennis Centre, Beijing, China, PR
Stadium Capacity: 3200
09 July - 10 July 2005
Day 1: 1000hrs (GMT 0200hrs)
Day 2: 1000hrs (GMT 0200hrs)
Surface: Hard (Deco Turf II) - Indoors
Ball Type: Youlong T601

Slovenia's Fed Cup team
 

1. Katarina Srebotnik
2. Andreja Klepac
3. Sandra Volk (replace Tina Pisnik)
4. Tina Krizan
Captain: Ms Mima Jausovec

China:

1. Na Li
2. Jie Zheng
3. Ting Li
4. Tian-Tian Sun
Captain: Mr Hong-Wei Jiang

CHN - SLO 4-1

1. Jie Zheng (CHN) l/t Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 6-7, 6-3, 3-6
2. Na Li (CHN) d. Andreja Klepac (SLO) 6-1, 6-3
3. Na Li (CHN) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jie Zheng (CHN) d. Andreja Klepac (SLO) 6-3, 6-1
5. Ting Li/Tian-Tian Sun (CHN) d. Tina Krizan/Sandra Volk (SLO) 6-2, 6-0

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Tina talk to the press about why she don't play in the Fed Cup. Press has been had against her since she withdraw.


Tina Pisnik: I’m not a Traitor


Maribor - Tina Pisnik told her side of the story about not competing at fed cup in Beijing. Despite huge announcments she didn’t tell much new. There remain many questions about her further competing for national team.

In the camp of Tina Pisnik the sure didn’t expect that her cancellation would, together with competing at Italian Cuneo, cause such a reaction. Beside strong words of disapointment from tennis association (SLO version), team captain and the first team player (K.S.), she was, in the opinion of T.P. and her coach Dragan Bosnic, unjustily villified in the press.


Bosnic explained the deep roots of Tina’s injury. Her problems started in Portoroc, at the game USA v SLO and repeated after two trafic accidents. He said, she was treated all the time with no help of the SLO tennis association.

"On Friday, before leaving for FED cup, her injury reappeared, of which she informed team capitain (MJ). After consulting with therapists I advised her it is better to cancell the trip to China. The cause is simple, she would be alone there, with no one to help her if the problems escalated. Chinise were unhospitable even to the healthy ones. I talked with Mima about this on Sunday, after returning from London, I also told her about the tournament in Italy it was not a secret we applied. After this explaination we ended our comunication. We saw Tina wasn’t successful in Cuneo. She is not capable to beat a number 113 on clay in this situation, not to even mention Chinese players. And on hardcourt, that would harm her even more. The facts proved it was a right decision”, explained Dragan Bosnic.

Tina Pisnik didn’t say much. "It is much fairer I gave a chance to Sandra, Andreja, than to really travel there, and sit through the matches on the bench."

About the reactions in media and the replies of Jausevec and Srebotnik, who didn’t choose words about her cancellation, she told: “Very unfair. How can they publically set my diagnosis. The words that I’m bluffing and that I’m a traitor are unappropriate. There was much overreaction.We had two choices, to go to China or to Cuneo. After I lost in Italy I came back home to therapies. What would I do in China? Sit and observe others!”


A big problem in her cancellation is her contract with tennis association, that was signed by all the players. Association claims, also by TP. She responds. “I signed no contract. We had a deal for Turky and that was that. Before the meeting with China we would do the same, but it happened what it did."


How will the team be selected in the future: with Tina or without her? "If I’m in a state to win a point for Slovenia, I’ll cooperate. It’s all in the air right now. To many unclear things, but right now I don’t belong on the team!”

Possibility she will return to the level of tennis she played before the injury are small. It’s hard for me to grasp that, thinking of Muster and the like, rising from ashes. Objectivly chances are small. She’s working on two fronts all the time, on getting healthy and playing competative matches at the same time. We didn’t consider to suspend her career for a while and work on her injuries.” Added Dragan Bosnic

There's another article, interview with Tina's father in a weekly magazine Jana (published today, so given before this press conference). It basically says the same stuff, but in more emotional tone and more accusing towards the Slovenian tennis association, Mima and Katarina. Also some random things I didn't know: they are still negotiating monetary compensation about the time she was injured in an accident caused by American tournament's official driver. He also claims Tina went to Italy to get points (not money - she expected at best to break even with the costs and she would be payed better playing in China for the fed cup team) she needs to get a good ranking.
Thanks to maya, for translate the article from Siol.net!
 




Tina with coach Bosnic.