I find it curious that a few players that aren't playing Fed Cup this weekend due to injury or illness are in the Doha draw.
Yeah - makes you wonder. I think you can group top players into:
Proud to play for their country and turn up and play.
e.g. Petra, Aga, Errani, Vinci, Dani
Have given outstanding service in the past but has decline (age, injuries, ability):
Have oscillated between being lukewarm and wanting to play:
e.g Ana (similar to Justine)
Pointless playing - no other player to support her, no possibilty of the team doing anything.
Disputes and special circumstances.
Just couldn't give a f*ck.
e.g. Serena, Pova
I'll never blame JJ. She'd die for her country (as would Novak) and she has given outstanding service. Time for the other girls to step up.
I'm sorry but I can't forgive Ana (or Justine). I think they gave their all sometimes but let their country down leaving JJ and Kim on their own at other times when they had a shot with two top players of winning the cup. With Serbia - it was going to be 3 years - zonal 1, WG2, WG1 to win it. But then it was another unneccesary 2 years dipping downn to WG2.
Marion? Why isn't she playing? I thought she was now in the team and with Momo as captain - the dispute had been resolved at long last.
Vika? I guess I'll put her in the same category as Caro. But it is different. Belarus are in zone 1 not zone 3. And I'm not convinced they couldn't have got up to WG2 qualies if Vika was playing. And she's a better doubles player than Caro. She might be able to win a tie single-handed.
Serena and Pova? Their Fed Cup participation record is just appalling. They only play when they have to for the Olympics. What a contrast to those players who do take pride playing for their country.
Needless to say my fav team this year to win is Czech. And I do so want GB and Poland to make it to the WG2 qualies and to win and make it to WG2.