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08 February 2013

Argentina underdogs against higher-ranked Swedes


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  • Maximiliano Boso

Photo: Sergio LlameraJohanna Larsson (SWE) and Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Whilst the dust from Davis Cup is still settling, Paula Ormaechea, the Argentine No. 1 player, and Johanna Larsson will open the first round of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie tomorrow between the South Americans and Sweden in Mary Teran de Weiss Stadium at Parque Roca.

After the opening rubber, Florencia Molinero and Sofia Arvidsson, the Swedish No. 1, will step onto the court to close the first day of action, with both teams aiming to capture a berth in the World Group playoffs.

It’s been 40 years since the first encounter between Argentina and Sweden in Fed Cup and more than 35 since the last occasion. They were different times for the competition, as none of the mentioned ties even took place in Argentina or Sweden.

The Scandinavian nation – who have won both previous ties 3-0 - appear as the clear favourite in terms of rankings with world No.38 Arvidsson and No.71 Larsson. The best player Argentina can count on is Ormaechea, who is currently No.197.

However, as Arvidsson smartly says, “in Fed Cup anything can happen. We expect a very tough match. The crowd will be an extra player for Argentina”.

The home team has been playing together – with slight changes from time-to-time - for the last three years, so that makes them strong in terms of spirit. They are all aware of the difficulties they are going to face through the weekend, but they feel confident.

“We are well prepared, it’s going to be a tough tie. Sweden have players with better rankings than ours, very experienced. Arvidsson has played so many ties... But anyway I think it’s going to be a close tie. Normally, if you look at the rankings, they are favourites, but we will play on clay courts, with the crowd on our side. We know we have a chance”, says Betting Fulco, the commander of the Argentine ship during the three-year period.

On the other side, Lars-Anders Wahlgren, Sweden’s captain, is making his first appearance in the competition. “This is my first tie ever for Sweden, so everything is very new for me. Of course, I know the players very well, I’ve worked with Sofia, Johanna has worked with the team as well. The girls are very well prepared, they’re playing very good tennis, so it’s going to be interesting”.

The full draw is listed below:

Saturday
R1: Paula Ormeachea (ARG) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
R2: Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)

Sunday
R3: Paulo Ormeachea (ARG) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
R4: Florencia Molinero (ARG) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
R5:Maria Irigoyen/Mailen Auroux (ARG) v Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE)

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Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) - 08/02/2013

Captain Bettina Fulco (ARG) - 08/02/2013

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) - 08/02/2013

Captain Lars-Anders Wahlgren (SWE) - 08/02/2013

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    Maximiliano Boso

    Shorter and easier: just call him Max. He was a sports writer for La Nacion newspaper for 16 years before starting doing research for ESPN, consulting for the Argentine Tennis Association and writing for international publications. Max has travelled the American continent to cover football, until tennis – a life-time passion – had him wandering though the pathways of Grand Slams and Davis Cup ties. Most exciting thing? Packing for the next trip.

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