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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Again, totally mistimed tie. In USA, meaning - almost certainly on hardcourts - in the middle of clay season. Because of that both teams might have a problem recruiting their best.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

If the Russians can get anybody to show up, they'll win against any likely US competitors.

Unless, of course Big Al does her dime-store Demented impersonation again.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

depends on who plays

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Kleybanova and Pavlyuchenkova will play. That I am pretty sure about. Tarpischev said that nearly every player indicated that they are available for FC starting with second round. But many of them are likely backpedal when they learn where and when. Unless, of course, US puts it on green clay. That could be a good middle ground and acceptable for everyone.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Kuznetsova probably will not play after her major sacrifice to play in Serbia

Safina is injured so probably does not any more match

tie is in the USA ... perfect time for Sharapova to play

otherwise Tarpischev should try to get Dementieva, Petrova or Zvonareva

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

It's right after green clay, so the players who stay in the US after Miami should play.
I would expect Vera to play. Sveta has Stuttgart to defend, but will probably want to play.
I hope Dementieva wants to play.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Considering the Williams Sisters won't play, even a team with Kleybanova, Dushevina, Pavlyuchenkova and Vesnina would be enough to win.
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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

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Again, totally mistimed tie. In USA, meaning - almost certainly on hardcourts - in the middle of clay season. Because of that both teams might have a problem recruiting their best.
Well the problem is it can't be in many places in the US because of the timing.
It's possible that it could be on a fast indoor surface in Winston-Salem which is where a few Davis Cup ties have been.

If Mary Joe Fernandez can get a definite from Venus, she might try to do what the Davis Cup did with Chile in 2006 and play on grass.

It's more likely they'll try the fast indoors surface at Winston-Salem so there won't be too much traveling for the Americans.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Probably Vera will play, as she needs to play to be eligible for Olympics. Maybe Sharapova too since it's in US. But I think at least one Williams may play also.

Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Petrova, and Vesnina (all regulars) have already played enough, so I think the team will be something like Zvonareva, Kleybanova, Pavlyuchenkova, and Makarova/Dushveina. Maybe Chakvetadze or Sharapova instead and a slight chance of Kuzzie I guess.... Safina won't play I imagine since she's hurt.

Anyways, if Dementieva plays, I bet Russia wins regardless. If she doesn't and one or both Williams play, I think USA. If neither Williams plays, I think Russia regardless. I guess I have to predict Russia atm.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Venus and Serena are not playing. Neither is Sharapova. Why would any of them bother?

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Doesn't Dementieva live for Fed Cup? I'm sure she'll play in the semis. Kleybanova will probably be in there too.

Btw, what about Kirilenko? Has she ever played for Russia? Her and Vesnina might make for a good doubles tie.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

What has the usta ever done for the Williams other than allow Venus to get outcheered at the us open against muresmo. So I say screw the us team and the racism the American fans showed that day against v. I hope. The USA loses
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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Lena's ardor for Fed Cup seems to have cooled in recent years. I don't know how much of that has been team logistics and how much of that has been her apparent focus on other goals--I think she definitely has put her singles career and chasing a slam higher on her list right now, especially since she all but won the damn thing for Russia in '05.

She was the go-to girl from 2000-2006 and you can't really blame her if she wants to focus on something else at this point.

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Re: Big Fed Cup semifinal: USA-Russia, who is going to win

Depends on if the Williams sisters play or not

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