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Anyone agree that Italy should now be considered a favorite for this week FC match?

With Vera is now gone from the Russian team and Roberta finding a great form this week, Fran is playing better now and Flavia is playing on her fav surface, should Italy now be considered a favorite for the tie? Sveta is not playing well this year for the most part, same with Anna C and Nadia.

Add to this the fact that all of Iatlian players are in Europe and some of the Russians have been playing in the US this weel (Petrova, Vesnina), so will definitely need time to get over the jet lag.

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Hummm.... Hate to burst your bubble, but although Vinci has won a good tournament, she didn't actually beat anyone special, just a down-form Pennetta and a always-mediocre Kirilenko...

Furthermore, Flavia isn't playing any good these past weeks (losing in easy straights sets against Vinci prooves it)

I hate Svetlana's mental strength (which is almost inexistent) but she does have the physical to overpower her opponents on clay, and Nadia is having some good results these past weeks.

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With Vera is now gone from the Russian team and Roberta finding a great form this week, Fran is playing better now and Flavia is playing on her fav surface, should Italy now be considered a favorite for the tie? Sveta is not playing well this year for the most part, same with Anna C and Nadia.

Add to this the fact that all of Iatlian players are in Europe and some of the Russians have been playing in the US this weel (Petrova, Vesnina), so will definitely need time to get over the jet lag.
Anything is possible in tennis so I wont say that italy cant win, however even if all the above is true Italy may get a few sets but not any wins. I still fully expect Russia to go 5-0 .... but maybe ill be wrong! One thing is for sure though the US has almost ZERO chance while Italy has a prayier of a chance.

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Anything is possible in tennis so I wont say that italy cant win, however even if all the above is true Italy may get a few sets but not any wins. I still fully expect Russia to go 5-0 .... but maybe ill be wrong! One thing is for sure though the US has almost ZERO chance while Italy has a prayier of a chance.
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of course Roby will not play the singles matches for Barrazzutti there are only Flavia & Francesca
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I don't know. Russia is still pretty dominant, although to be safe I would've chosen Safina or Dementieva or even Pavlyuchenkova or Kleybanova
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Maybe Italy will get lucky and win like 2006 (sorry, but they had some luck with no Clijsters and a ret. in doubles )
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Re: Anyone agree that Italy should now be considered a favorite for this week FC matc

For the first time in a while, I'm worried Russia might lose a Fed Cup tie.

Someone will replace Bepa, right? They can't go with only three players. With this team, probably Petrova and Kuznetsova will play singles. And on a bad day, they can easily lose to Flavia, Vinci or Schiavone. Not a very good perspective for the Russian team.

That being said, I normally trust Tarpischev's decisions so I'll just hope for the best.

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For the first time in a while, I'm worried Russia might lose a Fed Cup tie.

Someone will replace Bepa, right? They can't go with only three players. With this team, probably Petrova and Kuznetsova will play singles. And on a bad day, they can easily lose to Flavia, Vinci or Schiavone. Not a very good perspective for the Russian team.

That being said, I normally trust Tarpischev's decisions so I'll just hope for the best.
I think it will either Nastya P, Alisa or Elena V. They are training with the team according to Tarpiscev. I have a feeling it will be Vesnina - Russians now need a good doubles team and a choice of 3 players in case either Sveta or Nadia not playing well or having long singles matches.

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Re: Anyone agree that Italy should now be considered a favorite for this week FC matc

Sveta's slumps never reflect on her FED CUP results (11-3 W/L, unbeaten after 2004) and red clay is her probably best surface.

But in other three matches (out of Sveta singles) Italians at home court has great chances... especially if Petrova, former red clay giant, not improve her game. BTW Nadia 4-3 W/L in singles is not so great - but she lose once against Henin and twice vs Venus, and Petrova W/L in doubles is 6-0 perfect including famous crucial win (with Vesnina) against Venus/Raymond team two years ago in USA.

Talking about Italians I not agree that Vinci should play instead Pennetta or Schiavone after winning Barcelona. I'm sure that just week after careers biggest success she is physically and especially mentally too tired to give her best again already this week, and Flavia and Fran is proven FED CUP "specialists".

Without Sharapova, Dementieva, Safina and Zvonareva, Russians chances to beat supermotivated in-shape Italia on theirs soil is about 55%-60%.

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even if Vinci doesn't play - it good to have an inform player as an option in 2 day format competition.

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Re: Anyone agree that Italy should now be considered a favorite for this week FC matc

I posted this on the Fed Cup forum

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Russia names Fed Cup team to play Italy

MOSCOW: Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will lead the Russian team against Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals next weekend. Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev on Wednesday also selected 10th-ranked Nadia Petrova, No. 23 Anna Chakvetadze, Alisa Kleybanova and rookie Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to face the 2006 champion on clay at Castellaneta Marina, Italy. Sixth-ranked Vera Zvonareva is recovering from an injury. Russia routed China 5-0 and Italy beat France by the same score in the first round. Russia has won the Fed Cup four times and is looking for its third straight title. Russia has a 4-0 record against Italy, including a 4-0 win in the 2007 final. ap
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need not to say.

















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