Arrogant Ossies. How's that DDR Shot Putter hormone taste, Smeltz?
Arrogant Ossies. How's that DDR Shot Putter hormone taste, Smeltz?
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Gutted! I really wanted to prove the critics wrong. I guess I went someway towards doing that in taking it to 5 sets. Heath & I will really need to put us back in the tie in the doubles. Then the reverse singles will have to get us through. Still think we can do it!
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Poor stuff. Not good enough on the returns today, should have pushed him more and generated more break chances against a weak serve.
Think we can still win three on the back of the home crowd though.
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DAVIS CUP - WORLD GROUP - 1ST PLAY-OFF ROUND - WEST CWLAND VS. EAST CWLAND - STEDINGHAM, FR CWLAND
Revenge for Drake and Korpinen as East take unassailable lead
Whilst it won't completely take away this sting of their Australian Open finals defeat, the pain for Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen will no doubt be dulled as they led East CWLand into the World Group proper with a four-set win over Heath Davis & Jojo Mustard. In front of a hostile Stedingham crowd, the Easterners knew they needed just one win from the final three rubbers to relegate the West to the Europe/Africa Zone for season II.
But with a 0-2 record against the world's second best team, Drake and Korpinen were intent on making this the winning rubber as they shot out to a break lead early in the first set. After dropping the match just six days ago in three sets, they obviously realised a quick start was necessary to peg back the Australian Open champions. With a break of both West players' service, the visitors took the first set 6-2 to stun the local crowd into silence.
That silence was compounded early in the second as they broke to lead 4-0. The Westerners broke back immediately, and after settling with a Davis hold to love managed to draw back in sight with a second break to be 4-4. But when serving to stay in the set, the normally reliable Heath Davis double faulted when down two set points to hand the Easts a two set lead on a platter.
Staring down the barrel of an unceremonious Saturday exit, the Westerners knew something drastic needed to happen. At 2-2 it did; they took four games on the trot and came into the fourth with a wet sail to give the visitors the jitters. But despite a vocal crowd, the Easterners recovered to take the fourth set to a tiebreaker; one they secured 7-3 to conclude a 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(3) win. An obviously ecstatic East CWLand squad tore onto the court when the unassailable 3-0 lead was secured in what is sure to mean a lot for the politically fragile country. Meanwhile, the West will now ponder what might have been in the Europe/Africa Zone; their next tie coming later this year against the winner of the Mar. 5 clash between South Africa and Denmark in Durban.
Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen def. Heath Davis & Jojo Mustard, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(3).
Absolutely gutted. Really wanted to push on and give the singles players a chance of taking back the tie. Disappointing to go out in the tiebreak after storming back in the 4th set. Ah well...not to be.
Hopefully Mustard can get a chance to gain further experience in Davis Cup singles even if it is a dead rubber, but will understand if someone else get a hit.
I'm not 100% sure this is the way the Davis Cup works (and someone can correct me if I'm wrong), but the Sunday ties will probably be:
Davis vs. Hancianu
Rivers vs. Smeltz/Korpinen
Underwhelming. Good luck to the East for the rest of the year. May have to rethink the season plans now, two tough play-offs for little reward...ah well. We'll see.
And yeah, reserves to play when it's a dead rubber. To three sets as well.
Last edited by Samuel_Vimes; 21-02-2010 at 05:04 AM.
Disappointing stuff from the Federal CWLand Republic. Bloody Ossies!
DAVIS CUP - WORLD GROUP - 1ST PLAY-OFF ROUND - WEST CWLAND VS. EAST CWLAND - STEDINGHAM, FR CWLANDSubstitute singles players Heath Davis and Scotland Rivers have added a bit of respectability to the card as they gave West CWLand their only points in crushing dead rubber wins. With the tie already decided yesterday, both countries gave opportunities to their untested singles players in a fairly dull Sunday of play.
Davis and Rivers earn consolation wins for West CWLand
With decidedly fewer people in attendance, Davis started things off by blitzing World No. 31 Jamee Hancianu in straight sets. After a frustrating weekend for the Westerner, the win over a quality clay court player no doubt filled Davis with confidence as he proved too much in a 6-1, 6-4 upset of sorts. Hancianu was clearly lacking intensity early and only managed to pick it up late in the second by which time it was too late to earn a Davis Cup win as he fell in straight sets.
Whilst there were rumours Randy Smeltz would give the paying customers something to see in the fifth rubber, in the end Rivers would face doubles player Martti Korpinen in an uninspiring affair. Rivers, left out of the first rubbers to much controversy, never looked troubled against the inexperienced singles player as he dominated the match for a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Next for the East is a Spanish team in Spain, with the sixth seeds waiting on news of Daniel Páez Blanco's health. The West are seeded one in the Europe/Africa Zone, and have a bye in early March before a showdown with either Denmark or South Africa.
Heath Davis def. Jamee Hancianu, 6-1, 6-4
Scotland Rivers def. Martti Korpinen, 6-2, 6-2
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