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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2009, 09:01:30 AM »
Cornet chokes another win away. ..-) She was up 4-1 double break in the 3rd set and didn't win another game after that. :rofl_2:



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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2009, 09:42:29 AM »
Serbia won, 3-0 :)) :)) :))

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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2009, 10:51:34 AM »
Wooo Hooo!!!!!!!!!

USA def. Czech Rep 3-2

will travel to Italy for Final (I don't get it, how on earth is the USA in the final????  :confused1:


Sorry Zina!!!  :rofl_2:  Little Alexa Glatch goes 2-0
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2009, 12:20:14 PM »
Wooo Hooo!!!!!!!!!

USA def. Czech Rep 3-2

will travel to Italy for Final (I don't get it, how on earth is the USA in the final????  :confused1:


Sorry Zina!!!  :rofl_2:  Little Alexa Glatch goes 2-0
In defense of Zina, Mary Joe squad went up against the czech republic B squad in the semi's. Zina had to go throught the Belgians (w/ Clijsters and Henin) and the Russians who roll 10 deep.

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Alexa is far from little :\ Nice serve and forehand but moves worse than Davenport. She reminds me of Akgul Amanmuradova, except she serves and volleys.
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2009, 12:31:44 PM »
Little as in "baby"

Whatever makes you feel better, retro, but it's ridiculous to minimize this win. No way Mattek and Glatch go to Czech Rep and win. Sorry Zina  :rofl_2: 








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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2009, 12:35:44 PM »
I thought Mattek had a chance to defeat both Benesova and Kvitova, but she was the weakest person on the court.
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2009, 12:51:51 PM »
I thought Mattek had a chance to defeat both Benesova and Kvitova, but she was the weakest person on the court.

I did too. I don't think Mattek is much more than top 20-25, but I thought last year was a break-out year for her. I watched Kvitova blow her off the court. Petra looked like she's got big weapons and could be an up-and-comer.

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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2009, 02:42:44 PM »
World Group, 2009 - Semifinal
Italy v Russia 4 - 1 
Czech Republic v USA 2 - 3 
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2009, 02:44:32 PM »
Sensational Schiavone seals Italy's place in final

Next year the Italian Tennis Federation will celebrate its 100th year anniversary. Rarely over the course of the century could they have seen the likes of Francesca Schiavone, who by winning the fourth rubber of this Fed by BNP Paribas semifinal, booked her team a place in November’s final.

Granted there have been Grand Slam winners, one of those Nicola Pietrangeli watched from the front row on Sunday as Schiavone dug perhaps as deep as she has ever done to beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 76 46 62. Nothing it seems comes easy to the 28-year-old Milanese whose endless hours of fitness work, much of it done in London up until the start of this year, must seem worthwhile on days like these.

Russian Change

Under the tide of the Russian team with Svetlana Kuznetsova putting on a world class display in Sunday's first rubber to defeat Flavia Pennetta 60 30, Schiavone must have been surprised to see that 17-year-old Pavlyuchenkova had been chosen to play in the afternoon’s second singles. Given his liking for the surprise option perhaps we should have expected as much from Russia’s coy leader Shamil Tarpischev.

Initially it seemed the right call. The Junior Roland Garros winner of 2007 starting well by breaking to lead 2-0 in the opening set. With the break later squandered the set had to be decided in the tiebreak. The Russian held two set points at 6-4 but a wayward backhand brought the players back level. After changing ends it was Schiavone who earned the next minibreak and gave her opponent no opportunity as she served out the set.

With Italy one set from the final captain Corrado Barazzutti was becoming ever more animated, across from him Tarpischev sat back and offered his words of wisdom to the youngster, they worked well. Pavlyuchenkova, who was making her Fed Cup debut, broke to lead 5-3. Serving for the second set she faltered, letting errors creap into her game. Her composure was required after three set points were saved by Schiavone who was dicing with death by using the drop shot more and more frequently but it was her undoing, she used one too many and ditched the final one in the net to give the Russian the second set.

One set shootout

The Italian reached in her bag for a new shirt, her coach Gabriele Urpi reached for a quiet cigar. The turning point in the match came early in the third. In the second game from 0-40 down Schiavone began a march to victory that took in the next nine points, the ninth was a double fault from Pavlyuchenkova that handed the Italian a break. She was beginning to wear the 17-year-old down.

At 5-2 and with a full house in full voice Schaivone showed no nerves, six sets played over the weekend, two rubbers for her team and a date in the diary in November. Something she summed up perfectly “its amazing to be back in the final, it’s a dream and I am very happy to be part of the dream”

After embracing his team Captain Barazzutti came to this conclusion, “its an amazing victory, I am happy for the girls, we won this match not with a forehand or the backhand but with the heart”. Be sure for those who were here to watch this, there are a few whose own hearts are ticking to a slightly stronger beat.

With the defending champions unseated, Italy join Belgium as only the second side in five years of Fed Cup to beat Russia. As a reward it will meet USA at home in Italy in an autumn final.
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2009, 02:46:11 PM »
Amazing turnaround puts USA in final

The USA stormed into the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas final with victory over the Czech Republic after doubles pairing Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber came back from match point down to win the fifth and decisive rubber 26 76(1) 6-1 against Kveta Peschke and Iveta Benesova.

Mattek-Sands had suffered the disappointment of losing her second singles rubber earlier in the day 63 61 to Lucie Safarova, who was a late replacement on day two for teammate Iveta Benesova. But the 24 year-old American certainly redeemed herself with her gutsy performance in the final rubber alongside doubles specialist Liesel Huber.

The pair had been a set and 5-2 down to Pescke and Benesova as the experienced Czech duo had played solidly from the back of the court and taken advantage of short balls. But a couple of errors from the Czechs at the end of the second set allowed Mattek-Sands and Huber back into the match, and once the Americans had the bit between their teeth they never relinquished control, breaking the Czechs twice in the final set to clinch an historic victory.

“I knew Bethanie could do it,” Huber said of her partner after the match. “Bethanie had a tough loss earlier today and I knew if there was going to be somebody out there to bring her up it would be me. I just kept plugging away and then at the end it was Bethanie who was carrying me so it was so much fun.”

Glatch the rising star

The USA had been given a lifeline in the earlier in the day when Alexa Glatch once again defied her ranking and inexperience to defeat Petra Kvitova 62 61 and level the tie at two rubbers a piece.

The 19 year-old American has proved herself to be a rising tennis star of American Tennis this week, winning two straight sets matches against top 50 players and playing a vital role in her team’s progression the the final of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

Glatch explained after her match how she handled the pressure of playing to keep the USA in the tie. “It’s tough coming out playing second knowing that this is it and it’s either win or go home,” she said. So I’ve been really fortunate that I’ve been able to play well, get these wins and step up to the plate. This whole weekend has been unbelievable for me.”

Great season for Fernandez

This victory for the USA is a particularly proud moment for team captain Mary-Jo Fernandez who has coached her team to the final of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in her first year as captain.

“It doubles was a really emotional match, there were so many ups and downs,” she said. What a fight though. They showed a lot of heart and a lot of courage and that’s what Fed Cup’s about. It’s about the team and working together and they found a way to win the match and it’s a thrill to be in the final.”

In the final in November the USA will meet Italy, who won their semifinal tie against Russia this weekend by four rubbers to one. The tie won’t be an easy one for the USA, as the Italians showed their strength defeating the ITF’s number one ranked team in Castellaneta Marina this weekend.

The Italians have won the Fed Cup only once before in 2006 when they defeated Belgium in the final. The Americans by contrast have not won a Fed Cup title since 2000 and Mary-Jo Fernandez is hoping that her team’s cause in November will be helped by the addition of the Williams sisters.

“Venus and Serena are the best players in America and basically the whole world so hopefully they can play. You have to pick your best team so I’ll be calling them and getting them ready.”
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2009, 02:48:45 PM »
World Group, Play-off 2009
Spain v Serbia 0 - 4- Serbia into World Group 1 for the first time. 
France v Slovak Republic 3 - 2 
Germany v China 3 - 2 
Argentina v Ukraine 0 - 5 :yahoo: First ever World Group 1  :) 
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
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Jelena Jankovic seals Serbia's World Group place

Jelena Jankovic was the heroine in Lleida as she clinched victory for Serbia over Spain on Sunday to seal a place in the World Group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time in Serbian history.

The world No. 4 shook off a lingering cold to beat a battling Anabel Medina Garrigues 63 36 63 and give Serbia an unassailable 3-0 lead, before leaping into the arms of her jubilant captain Dejan Vranes and then joining Ana Ivanovic and the rest of the Serbian team for a lap of honour.

”A special occasion” – Jankovic

“This is something we have wanted for a long time,” a beaming Jankovic said. “I am very, very happy that I was able to get the win today to secure the win for our team. You cannot compare playing for yourself in a tournament to playing for your country. It’s a special occasion, you really have to play with your heart."

Jankovic said her celebrations with Vranes and her teammates showed how much it meant to the whole team. “When I won that last point, we were all so happy, we jumped on each other and just started screaming. It was a great experience.”

The result means five-time champions Spain fall out of the World Group for the first time in its history.

Jankovic takes charge

Leading 2-0 from the first day after wins for both Jankovic and French Open champion Ivanovic, day two’s play was delayed for around half an hour after steady rain overnight and for much of the morning.

The conditions were hardly conducive to overcoming a cold, which was bad news for Jankovic, who had sneezed and spluttered her way to victory over Maria Jose Martinez on day one.

For the second day in a row, Vranes had a tissue on hand for the world No. 4 but Jankovic looked like a woman on a mission as she dominated the first set against world No. 18 Medina, much to the disappointment of the crowd inside the Club de Tennis Lleida.

Medina contributed to her own downfall with far too many mistakes, twice conceding serve in the first set having led the two games 40-15 and 40-0 respectively.

The Spaniard got one of the breaks back to cut the deficit to 5-2 and then held to love to make it 5-3 but Jankovic then held serve comfortably to take the opening set.

Medina fightback to no avail

Four consecutive games went against serve at the start of the second set and Medina then saved break points in her next two service games to lead 4-3.

The Spaniard was beginning to play some of her best tennis and a big forehand winner put her ahead 5-3 and she held serve to force a decider.

Jankovic bounced back to break to lead 3-1 in the third set only for Medina to hit back to level at 3-3. But the Serbian would not be denied and she broke again to lead 5-3.

There was to be no comeback from Medina and a backhand return that landed wide sealed victory for Jankovic and prompted ecstatic celebrations among the Serbia team.

In the fourth dead singles rubber, Ana Jovanovic came from a set down to defeat Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez 36 63 76(0). The Spanish combination of Nuria Llagostera and Lourdes Dominguez were leading Jovanovic and 16-year-old Aleksandra Krunic 62 10 in the doubles but the match was unfinished due to rain and darkeness.
 
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2009, 02:50:57 PM »
Jelena Jankovic was the heroine in Lleida as she clinched victory for Serbia over Spain on Sunday to seal a place in the World Group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time in Serbian history.

The world No. 4 shook off a lingering cold to beat a battling Anabel Medina Garrigues 63 36 63 and give Serbia an unassailable 3-0 lead, before leaping into the arms of her jubilant captain Dejan Vranes and then joining Ana Ivanovic and the rest of the Serbian team for a lap of honour.

”A special occasion” – Jankovic

“This is something we have wanted for a long time,” a beaming Jankovic said. “I am very, very happy that I was able to get the win today to secure the win for our team. You cannot compare playing for yourself in a tournament to playing for your country. It’s a special occasion, you really have to play with your heart."

Jankovic said her celebrations with Vranes and her teammates showed how much it meant to the whole team. “When I won that last point, we were all so happy, we jumped on each other and just started screaming. It was a great experience.”

The result means five-time champions Spain fall out of the World Group for the first time in its history.

Jankovic takes charge

Leading 2-0 from the first day after wins for both Jankovic and French Open champion Ivanovic, day two’s play was delayed for around half an hour after steady rain overnight and for much of the morning.

The conditions were hardly conducive to overcoming a cold, which was bad news for Jankovic, who had sneezed and spluttered her way to victory over Maria Jose Martinez on day one.

For the second day in a row, Vranes had a tissue on hand for the world No. 4 but Jankovic looked like a woman on a mission as she dominated the first set against world No. 18 Medina, much to the disappointment of the crowd inside the Club de Tennis Lleida.

Medina contributed to her own downfall with far too many mistakes, twice conceding serve in the first set having led the two games 40-15 and 40-0 respectively.

The Spaniard got one of the breaks back to cut the deficit to 5-2 and then held to love to make it 5-3 but Jankovic then held serve comfortably to take the opening set.

Medina fightback to no avail

Four consecutive games went against serve at the start of the second set and Medina then saved break points in her next two service games to lead 4-3.

The Spaniard was beginning to play some of her best tennis and a big forehand winner put her ahead 5-3 and she held serve to force a decider.

Jankovic bounced back to break to lead 3-1 in the third set only for Medina to hit back to level at 3-3. But the Serbian would not be denied and she broke again to lead 5-3.

There was to be no comeback from Medina and a backhand return that landed wide sealed victory for Jankovic and prompted ecstatic celebrations among the Serbia team.

In the fourth dead singles rubber, Ana Jovanovic came from a set down to defeat Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez 36 63 76(0). The Spanish combination of Nuria Llagostera and Lourdes Dominguez were leading Jovanovic and 16-year-old Aleksandra Krunic 62 10 in the doubles but the match was unfinished due to rain and darkeness.

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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2009, 02:51:19 PM »
France survive tight contest

France has held on to its World Group place by overcoming Slovak Republic in the deciding doubles. Amelie Mauresmo was really the star of the weekend. Having won two singles rubbers she partnered with Nathalie Dechy to beat Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova 46 61 64 in two hours and 16 minutes. France, who lost to Italy in this year's opening round, will remain in the elite World Group for 2010 while Slovak Republic are relegated to World Group II.

Earlier on Sunday Amelie Mauresmo kept France in the running in Limoges with a 75 64 defeat of Daniela Hantuchova, in a match lasting two hours 22 minutes. The win drew France level 2-2 with the visitors.

Dominika Cibulkova started Sunday's play by handed Slovak Republic a 2-1 edge after a gritty 62 57 64 victory over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

The 2 hour 47 minute match left Cornet still to win a Fed Cup match in six attempts. The 19-year-old from Nice secured a much-needed break at 5-5 in the second set and managed to go 4-1 up in the third before she choked under the pressure.

Slovak Republic is fighting for a place in the World Group for the first time since 2004, while France must win this play-off to avoid dropping out of the elite for the first time.
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Oh sorry Chris for my post, delete it right now

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« Reply #35 on: April 26, 2009, 02:53:08 PM »
Germany returns to the top level

Germany are back in the elite group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas after a dramatic weekend’s tennis in Frankfurt.

At close of play on Saturday, Barbara Rittner’s team were 2-0 up and cruising, but the Chinese team came right back into the tie, levelling it a 2-2 after Sunday's singles matches.

It all came down to a deciding doubles rubber with Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Sabine Lisicki taking on Jie Zheng and Shuai Peng, with the home team fighting back from a set down to eventually clinch a 46 75 62 victory in two hours and eight minutes.

"I want to have this match on DVD!" - Rittner

“We kept on fighting, further and further. The crowd was fantastic. It was great,” Groenefeld said, who converted the third match point with a backhand down the line.

“That was the most exciting tie I ever had. My girls played so well in the doubles and I want to have this match on DVD! But I also have to give credit to Groenefeld and Tatjana Malek in their singles matches. Of course, I would have loved a 3-0 after the first singles match, but I am more than happy,” said Germany’s team captain Barbara Rittner.

China will now be relegated to World Group II for the first time since 2006.

“We were not lucky today,” Jie Zheng said. “We had a good chance to finish the match in two sets and in the final set we were tired and the Germans played unbelievably well. I hope we can return into the World Group next year.”

Earlier today, Shuai Peng had brought China right back into the match with a 62 26 75 victory over Tatjana Malek, to take the tie it down to the wire.

Malek was a late replacement for Sabine Lisicki, who was feeling the strain from her tour victory last week. Explaining the substitution, Barbara Rittner said, “After the stresses and strains in Charleston, Sabine crossed the limit yesterday and she had no chance to recharge her batteries over night. She is tired and was not fit for the forth rubber.”

Malek, ranked No. 131, gave it everything in a dramatic rubber against No. 35 Shuai Peng, who took the first set easily. However, Malek came straight back at her to win the second, but in the third set, found herself 2-5 down with Peng serving for the match. The German then staged an amazing comeback, saving three match points, but at 5-5 Malek lost her serve again and Peng managed to converted her fifth match point to close out the match.

“I had a bad start, but kept on trying to play my game. I said to myself: Keep on fighting and at the end, I was probably a bit unlucky,” Malek said.

Chinese recovery

In the first rubber of the day, Jie Zheng scored China's first point with a 75 64 victory over Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The German had numerous chances in the first set leading 5-3 and 5-4 on her own serve, and then at 30-30, double faulted for the first time. Zheng took her chance and levelled and then went on to close out the set winning four games in a row.

In the second set, everything went with serve until 5-4, when Zheng broke Groenefeld to take the match.

“I have to give credit to Zheng, she played a great match. She played consistently powerfully from the end of the first set and hardly missed a shot from then on. She showed why she is a top 20-player,” Groenefeld said.

“I tried to push back the balls in the first set when Anna-Lena started strong. Then I changed a bit my serve, played more aggressively. I started to move her around and in the second set I was in control,” Zheng said.

This wasn’t to prove enough for China, who now go to World Group II for the first time since 2006, as Germany showed great team spirit in the deciding doubles rubber and through the whole tie, to come out on top and maintain its World Group status for 2010.
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« Reply #36 on: April 26, 2009, 02:53:58 PM »
Oh sorry Chris for my post, delete it right now

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« Reply #37 on: April 26, 2009, 02:55:38 PM »
Ukraine enters the elite

Alona Bondarenko has put Ukraine in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group for the first time thanks to her straight-sets win over Jorgelina Cravero in Sunday's opening singles match. She defeated the Argentine 61 62 to give the visitors an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the tie in Mar del Plata.

Yesterday Bondarenko gave Ukraine an overnight lead with a comfortable 63 63 victory over Maria Irigoyen, after teammate Mariya Koryttseva had struggled to defeat Cravero 46 75 62 in three hours in the opening rubber.

The Argentine team was weakened this weekend by the absence of Gisela Dulko and Bettina Jozami.

Easier than originally thought

Yesterday saw a courageous effort by Cravero, who stood one game away from winning the first match against Maria Koryttseva. Today, Cravero did not have a chance against Bondarenko, who played a relaxed, precise match, denying any possibility for the home team in just 62 minutes.

The first set’s numbers were dismal for the Argentinean No. 1. Only five points won with her first serve, and three won with her second serve. Bondarenko, on the other hand, broke twice for an easy 61 first set win, clearly dominating from the baseline and setting an unsolvable problem for Cravero with her strong strokes.

The second set gave a little more optimism to the local fans, as Cravero held her serve twice and appeared to be posing a challenge to the much better ranked European. However, this was just a passing mirage, as Bondarenko once again broke twice to put a quick end to the Argentinean adventure in World Group I.

A happy Ukrainian

Bondarenko was understandably happy about winning, but in a calm, soft way. “We are very happy, the team and I think all of Ukraine,” she said.

“I had seen her (Cravero) playing yesterday, and I studied how to play today. I felt very well in the court and everything turned out to be as we expected.”

The local press asked Bondarenko if she knew something of Argentina before coming. ”No, not really,” she said. “I had gone to Brazil once on vacation, but not to Argentina. Of course, we asked the Argentinean girls on the circuit about here, and it has been very nice, we’ve all had a great time. We did some shopping, bought a few things…” she said, very happy and relaxed.

Cravero cried just after losing the game, and she later revealed this day to be one of regrets. “I remembered, during the match, how close I was yesterday to winning the first point,” she said about the first match of the tie, against Koryttseva, where she was 64 54 ahead at a certain point.

“I remembered and that was very sad, I could hardly keep my spirit up”. 
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Re: WTA- Fed Cup Semi Finals and World Group 1&2 Playoffs- April 25th-26th
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World Group II, Play-off 2009
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Oh sorry Chris for my post, delete it right now

Don't worry about it Miticfam  :) Congratulations on a very special day for you, your country and your girls :applause:

Thanks Chris, this victory is really special, we are in the World group I for the first time in history

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