US Olympic Team???
Just found this small article on ESPN's website. Not sure if its already been posted but is there a way that more than one US doubles team can enter? Also, how many singles players can a country have in the draw???
Updated: January 8, 2008
Samantha Stosur's continued illness-related absence from WTA action left her doubles partner, Lisa Raymond, in the lurch on the eve of the Australian swing. Raymond and old friend Francesca Schiavone of Italy have agreed to play together in Sydney and Melbourne, and perhaps in Doha and Dubai.
Raymond, 34, said losing the top ranking she and Stosur had achieved pales in comparison to watching Stosur try to overcome one setback after another. "She's at such an intricate part of her career," Raymond said. "It's disappointing for me, but it's a hundred times more disappointing for her."
On another subject, Raymond said she's committed to playing Fed Cup this season, joining another longtime pal, Lindsay Davenport. Things get a little bit more complex when it comes to who is actually going to represent the United States in doubles.
Captain Zina Garrison is pursuing the services of both Venus and Serena Williams. Depending on their availability, Raymond's doubles rival and current No. 1, South African native Liezel Huber, who is married to an American and just became a U.S. citizen, also could be in the mix.
Raymond chose her words carefully, saying she'll play with any partner Garrison feels is best for the common cause. "The powers that be will have to sit down and think about who they want," Raymond said. "It's definitely an odd situation, given the fact that [Huber] just became an American citizen. If she plays, another girl is going to lose a spot. It'll be interesting to see how Zina handles it."