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With Davenport skipping Olympic doubles, are the 2 doubles teams set ?

Serena/Venus will definetly play if going to Athens, with Lindsay limiting to singles, Martina/Lisa could do whatever they want - they´d play. But why is Martina then playing singles on clay anyway if she does not need to do great things in doubles if the "race" in doubles is no longer a race ?

The Olympic stuff is definetly a "no race" right now ...

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Serena, Venus, Martina, Lisa set for doubles

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1 spot left open for singles (6 could go), that will go to either Jenn, Monica or Chanda, but I´ll go for Jenn in this one if Monica won´t return before the French
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All three of them, Jenn, Monica, and Chanda would love to go, especially since it is most likely there last try.
I think it's gonna be Jenn.
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I don't think Venus' place is secure yet. Apart from LIndsay, Serena and Jen, Chanda is also above her in the rankings and Venus hasn't won a tournament since Antwerp 2003. Venus is defending Champ but Jen and Lindsay are also Olympic Champions. If Venus' form doesn't improve over the next couple of months, Zina may have a difficult choice to make.

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RAYMOND/NAVRATILOVA are playing Fed Cup so i guess they are the only team going for it! Not very impressed by them lately ... i would pick SHAUGHNESSY/RUBIN instead!

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I don´t think the choice is difficult. Venus as the defending champion is a MUST GO for Zina. Definetly. Imagine Serena without Venus in Athens. That won´t happen. Not sending Venus would also ruin them as a doubles team. If they go, they´ll go both. And if choosing Jenn or Monica instead of Venus, all 3 don´t have a form right now.
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It doesn´t matter really...´cause we all know who´s gonna win the gold medal in doubles anyways.

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RAYMOND/NAVRATILOVA are playing Fed Cup so i guess they are the only team going for it! Not very impressed by them lately ... i would pick SHAUGHNESSY/RUBIN instead!
I agree with you that on current form Navratilova and Raymond aren't certain picks either. Davenport and Morariu have been the best US team this year, easily. The only problem I have with S + V being picked is that they haven't competed in a tour event for so long that it seems a bit unfair for them to swan in and get Olympic places.

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I agree with you that on current form Navratilova and Raymond aren't certain picks either. Davenport and Morariu have been the best US team this year, easily. The only problem I have with S + V being picked is that they haven't competed in a tour event for so long that it seems a bit unfair for them to swan in and get Olympic places.
Well, when you can win doubles GS-titles at will.....people gotta go with you. The way it is....these girls play plenty crunch and brunch tournaments, but it´s the big titles that matter....and has been a long time ago that both Martina N and Lisa R have won anything big.

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I don´t think the choice is difficult. Venus as the defending champion is a MUST GO for Zina. Definetly.
I remember Atlanta 1996 with Jennifer as the defending champion. She just made her brilliant comeback and was about 24th in the world with I think Lindsay, Serena, Venus, Chanda in front of her in the rankings. A similar situation to Venus these days but the USTA or whoever refused Jennifer to go.

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So Lindsay definitely has been picked, along with vee and serena?
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I don´t think the choice is difficult. Venus as the defending champion is a MUST GO for Zina. Definetly. Imagine Serena without Venus in Athens. That won´t happen. Not sending Venus would also ruin them as a doubles team. If they go, they´ll go both. And if choosing Jenn or Monica instead of Venus, all 3 don´t have a form right now.
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So Lindsay definitely has been picked, along with vee and serena?
NO ONE has been picked for anything as yet. I'm told the decision will be made towards the last week of JUNE 2004. Obviously a lot can occur between now and then. Unless there is some serious drama on the tour between now and then, Venus AND Serena are both locks for singles and doubles in Athens.

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I remember Atlanta 1996 with Jennifer as the defending champion. She just made her brilliant comeback and was about 24th in the world with I think Lindsay, Serena, Venus, Chanda in front of her in the rankings. A similar situation to Venus these days but the USTA or whoever refused Jennifer to go.
German boy, there is no way that Venus or Serena was ranked 24th in 1996.
Neither of them even play a full schedule until 1998. Also Venus was ranked in the 60s when she made her run at USO in 1997. So Chanda and Lindsay may have been ranked ahead of Jen, but if she was #24, Vee and Ree were not. and Lindsay won the gold, so....

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I agree with you that on current form Navratilova and Raymond aren't certain picks either. Davenport and Morariu have been the best US team this year, easily. The only problem I have with S + V being picked is that they haven't competed in a tour event for so long that it seems a bit unfair for them to swan in and get Olympic places.
Totally agree! As much as I love the sisters,fairness should prevail.However, they choose to look at outcomes and probability,hence V/S....but Davenport and Morariu/Meghan and Chanda should sure stand a chance.

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Maybe Martina is entering singles in these tournaments because she is looking to play Singles at the Olympics too LOL.
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