Hi Lindsayfan, how you dare If Italy and USA win (as expected) they will meet in Italian clay the week after Palermo tournament so expect to see Silvia, Rita & Francesca there for clay practice after Wimbledon (and maybe an american?) plus maybe they will keep the Palermo tourny facilities some more days and bring the tie to Sicily
Alek, what did you expect in Sweden against the Italians outdoor clay? (BTW, it will be soooo hard then for Asa to retain her Bol tournament switching to clay the day after)
And you must be joking if you think it's going to be a sold out event having 500 people watching it will be a great success
Of course I expected clay. Sofia is not the fittest player, yes Silvia and Rita are veeeeery good on clay, but Asa is also great there and I'm sure she would be able to win one of those matches. And I know Sofia in Sweden in clay would also surprise someone as she did with Patty last year (62 62).
I'm not worried about Schiavone, Asa beat her twice, and one hardcourt-indoor and Asa was playing her second match after a 6-7 7-5 7-6. So I expect more from this tie than last year.
Don't worry for Asa I'm sure she wont defend her title, her nerves will be very high just like in Kuala Lumpur and will crash out in r2 or qf.
And pfff @ the 500 people I'm sure that if they are doing it there is for something and not for having a ridicolous stadium with 3 people watching
And if they lose I hope Asa loses her matches 7-6 6-7 15-13 and 4-6 6-4 10-8 having mp's in both matches, that way she would win Bol again !
Alek, it's just not possible to play in Sweden on outdoor clay in April. Plus building a clay court indoor only for this first round tie it will be way too expensive.
BTW, I remember a semifinal Davis Cup tie between Spain and Sweden in Stockholm a few years back and I doubt if there were more than 1000 people watching it live. Guess a women's first round tie against Italy in a small city
spiceboy,if Italy wins they will play USA in USA cos last time in 1999 they played in Italy in Ancona on red clay and Usa won 4-1.
btw i like Swedish girls more than italians,but if Italy wins maybe I could see Italy playing against Lindsay so..let me think...i'll be glad whatever wins!
I believed Italy played against USA after that tie when Silvia surprised Monica in 3 sets, but yes I think now that was in Italy...btw, wasn't that tie when USA showed up with ONLY 3 players? (Monica & Williamsx2)
they could do as romania is doing for Davis Cup first round against France:as Romania has no money to do a claycourt indoor (a big one,i mean),they did a deal with french federation.
France wil choise the surface (and they chose carpet) but they have to build the court and leave it at romanian federation after matches!
PS: spiceboy,r u still in palermo?how is going there?