WTA Billie Jean King Cup 2020 <Postponed til 2021>

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BobbyMorri

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Anyone excited.....

So, Fed Cup this year is different. It is like the NEW Davis Cup, or the Fed cup from 30 years ago(ish). This weekend are the qualifiers for a massive tournament to be held in Budapest(Clay) on the 14th-19th of April. We, Australia, plus France, the Czech Republic(a WC, which is stupid to have WC in a tournament like this) and the hosts are already qualified, which is why we aren't playing this weekend. In an unrelated point, i am struggling to think of the 2nd Hungarian tennis player outside Babos.

This week, the teams are quite strong, thanks to it being an Olympic year. No Halep or Kerber though. Andreescu won't actually play as well.

[1] USA vs Latvia (Everett, indoor hard)
USA: Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Alison Riske, Coco Gauff, Bethanie Mattek-Sands (captain: Kathy Rinaldi)
LAT: Jelena Ostapenko, Anastasija Sevastova, Diana Marcinkevica, Daniela Vismane (captain: Adrians Zguns)


Netherlands vs [2] Belarus (The Hague, indoor clay)
NED: Kiki Bertens, Arantxa Rus, Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove, Indy De Vroome, Demi Schuurs (captain: Paul Haarhuis)
BLR: Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Olga Govortsova, Anna Kubareva, Lidziya Marozava (captain: Tatiana Poutchek)


[3] Romania vs Russia (Cluj-Napoca, indoor hard)
ROU: Ana Bogdan, Irina Bara, Elena-Gabriela Ruse, Jaqueline Cristian, Raluca Olaru (captain: Florin Segarceanu)
RUS: Ekaterina Alexandrova, Veronika Kudermetova, Anna Blinkova, Anna Kalinskaya (captain: Igor Andreev)


Brazil vs [4] Germany (Florianopolis, outdoor clay)
BRA: Gabriela Ce, Teliana Pereira, Laura Pigossi, Carolina Alves, Luisa Stefani (captain: Roberta Burzagli)
GER: Laura Siegemund, Tatjana Maria, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Antonia Lottner (captain: Rainer Schuettler)


[5] Spain vs Japan (Cartagena, outdoor clay)
ESP: Carla Suárez Navarro, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Aliona Bolsova, Lara Arruabarrena, Georgina Garcia Perez (captain: Anabel Medina Garrigues)
JPN: Naomi Osaka, Misaki Doi, Kurumi Nara, Ena Shibahara, Shuko Aoyama (captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi)


[6] Switzerland vs Canada (Biel/Bienne, indoor hard)
SUI: Belinda Bencic, Jil Teichmann, Viktorija Golubic, Stefanie Voegele, Timea Bacsinszky (captain: Heinz Guenthardt)
CAN: Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Fernandez, Eugenie Bouchard, Gabriela Dabrowski (captain: Heidi El Tabakh)


[7] Belgium vs Kazakhstan (Kortrijk, indoor hard)
BEL: Elise Mertens, Kirsten Flipkens, Greet Minnen, Ysaline Bonaventure (captain: Johan Van Herck)
KAZ: Yulia Putintseva, Zarina Diyas, Anna Danilina, Yaroslava Shvedova (captain: Dias Doskarayev)


Slovakia vs [8] Great Britain (Bratislava, indoor clay)
SVK: Viktoria Kuzmova, Jana Cepelova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Schmieds, Rebecca Sramkova (captain: Matej Liptak)
GBR: Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Naiktha Bains, Katie Swan, Emma Raducanu (captain: Anne Keothavong)


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The winners make the finals, who will be separated by 4 groups of 3 teams, with the top teams making it to the semis.

And the answer to a Hungarian 2nd player is Fanny Stollár. Singles ranking of around 370. I remember her now, but only by the name
 

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Honestly, I did not realise they'd changed the format. I though they were determined not just to follow what the men did? Will keep an eye on it now I know it's on!
 

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Good Fed Cup tie between USA and Latvia still going. Serena being tested by Sevastova while Ostapenko beat Kenin to make it 2-1 for USA.

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the yanks won in the end. their talent depth in the womens game is scary. Some good players are going to miss the Olympics

Serena will have to have a good year to make the team. IIRC Only the top 3 players make it from a nation. A recent grand winner(Kenin, Sloane, Serena) or Keys will miss. And that is not taking into account Riske, who is a real wildcard this year
 

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the yanks won in the end. their talent depth in the womens game is scary. Some good players are going to miss the Olympics

Serena will have to have a good year to make the team. IIRC Only the top 3 players make it from a nation. A recent grand winner(Kenin, Sloane, Serena) or Keys will miss. And that is not taking into account Riske, who is a real wildcard this year
Sloane will miss. Serena at least can play doubles.
 

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Name change. You really can't complain about it. well, it is a mouthful, but apart from that

 

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