It doesn't really matter who Japan puts on in doubles...they are all top class doubles players.
They could even stick in an Hisimatsu/Miyagi combo and be gaurunteed to win in 2 sets.
Indoor Carpet.... Sugiyama won't lose.
Has anyone seen Ai's record in Japan? she is WELL-KNOWN to buckle under the pressure of a home crowd...we can probably expect her to lose a set in one of her encounters.... if she's pushed enough... you never know what could happen, especially since Arvidsson is a good player.
Even though Asagoe is obviously an excellent singles player, having beaten Coetzer and Hantuchova before... she just aint steady! - so its a toss up between her and the ultra-solid and also in-form Akiko Morigami. However, Shinobu is more accustomed to the big arena.
Obata is great singles player but she's sooo weak.. and her pretty face is not intimidating... once again, she aint reliable either.
Its a shame for the swedes, because ALL the japanese girls happen to be confident AND in great form.
The Tie will likely be a 5-0 for Japan,
I hope the swedes can make a fight out of it though - but i doubt it.
Good luck Japan and Sweden.