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Australia vs Russia 24-25th April - Fed Cup News, Head to Heads etc.

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Venue - Small Sports Arena "Luzhniki", in Moscow
Date - 24 April - 25 April 2004
Surface: Carpet (Taraflex)

Russian Team - not confirmed (4 out of these 5 likely)

Myskina
Dementieva
Petrova
Zvonareva
Sharapova

Australian Team - all but confirmed

Molik
Pratt
Stosur
Stubbs

Orange Slut - Olivia Lukaszewicz

According to Rusty Redhead, Sam Stosur is in Brisbane with Evonne Goolagong-Cawley and hitting partner/orange girl Olivia Lukaszewicz.

I'm sure Evonne would like to give the 2nd singles to Sam but until training begins in Moscow she won't make the decision.

Here are the 3 Aussies H2H's against the 5 Russians!


ANASTASCIA MYSKINA 5-0 against Aussies

Molik 0-1 against Myskina
F Sarasota Apr 6 2003 A Myskina(2) - A Molik-Q 6-4 6-1

Pratt 0-3 against Myskina but did have her down 6-3 5-1 last year at Toronto!
2 Philadelp. Nov 2 2003 A Myskina(3) - N Pratt 6-3 6-2
2 Toronto Aug 17 2003 A Myskina(5) - N Pratt-Q 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4
SF Birmingham June 16 2002 A Myskina(6) - N Pratt(14) 6-3 7-5

Stosur 0-1 against Myskina
1 Gold Coast Jan 6 2002 A Myskina - S Stosur-WC 6-2 6-0


ELENA DEMENTIEVA 1-1 against Aussies

Molik 0-1 against Dementieva
1 Toronto Aug 17 2003 E Dementieva(9) - A Molik 6-3 7-6(7)

Pratt 1-0 against Dementieva
2 Key Bisc. Mar 30 2003 N Pratt - E Dementieva(19) 7-5 6-4

Stosur's never played her


NADIA PETROVA 1-0 against Aussies

Molik never played her

Pratt 0-1 against Petrova
2 Gold Coast Jan 11 2004 N Petrova(2) - N Pratt 6-2 6-2

Stosur's never played her


VERA ZVONAREVA 2-1 against Aussies

Molik 1-0 against Zvonareva
QF Hobart Jan 12 2003 A Molik - V Zvonareva(5) 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4

Pratt 0-2 against Zonareva
3 Australian O. Feb 1 2004 V Zvonareva(11) - N Pratt 7-5 2-6 6-1
1 Sydney Jan 18 2004 V Zvonareva - N Pratt-WC 6-2 6-3

Stosur's never played her


MARIA SHARAPOVA 0-0 against Aussies

Molik's never played her

Pratt's never played her

Stosur's never played her


Looking at the past history I would chose Pratt over Stosur if Dementieva or Sharapova are playing. If the other 3 were playing though you could toss a coin. Whilst Petrova/Myskina/Zvonareva have never lost to Pratt she has pushed M & Z to the brink of defeat on Hardcourt and her experience at this level is far greater than Stosurs having played so many more Russians (they all have similar style games)
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Is Nicole fit though? She seems to have had some niggling injuries lately...

I would go with Sam over her...nothing to lose. I mean, chances are, we're going to get hammered, so might as well give her a chance. She likes fast surfaces, and likes playing on the big occassion.
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Pratts back in action this week, she only had a muscle strain, nothing serious like our poor Trudi who I suspect wont return for a while.

I wouldnt rule out the Aussies completely. Myskina has played an awful amount of tennis she must be a bit tired. Dementieva has an injury from Amelia Island, I was hoping she would play. Petrova's knee could buckle any time, she's been playing a lot too. Sharapova is beatable, and Zvonareva hasnt been doin anything fantastic lately.

Then there is Svetlana Kuznetsova who I forgot about!

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA 2-2 against Aussies

Molik 2-2 against Kuznetsova
3 Indian W. Mar 21 2004 S Kuznetsova(12) - A Molik(22) 3-6 7-66 6-2
Qual 3 Zurich Oct 19 2003 A Molik(7) - S Kuznetsova(4) 6-4 6-4
2 Japan Open Oct 6 2002 A Molik - S Kuznetsova(6) 7-63 6-2
1 Bali Sep 29 2002 S Kuznetsova - A Molik 6-2 6-4

Pratt's never played her

Stosur's never played her
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What's wrong with Trudi??

The Russians have a mighty team to pick from...whoever they pick, it's gonna be damn hard.

I don't think Sharapova is going to play is she?
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Go Aussies, surprise Russia please
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NADIA PETROVA 1-0 against Aussies

Molik never played her
forgotten Miami already Petrova 6-2 6-1

anyway its gonna be closer than u think
cos its gonna be indoors

we're likely to go with a team of, by looks of things
Kuznetsova, Safina, Zvonareva, Sharapova

i would have picked clay but

Good luck to my favs

AZARENKA

*Kuznetsova*Sharapova*Kleybanova*Vesnina*Shvedova*Kulichkova*Kasatkina*
Pavlyuchenkova*Makarova*Diatchenko*Pivovarova*Gasparyan*Leykina*Zhuk*Potapova*Pervushina**Govortsova
MINELLA TsurenkoAlize Lim*El Tabakh*Robson*Cirstea
*Juhaszova*Zanevska*Broady*Bouchard*
Cetkovska*Svitolina*
*Bellis*Soylu*Sibille*Uberalova*Eden Silva*
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Certainly gonna be a great match no matter what

If Molik or Pratt or Stosur can win on day one and again once on day 2 . . . soubles would be very interesting

Trudi is injured TS

GO THE AUSSIE GIRLS


Alicia Molik~Nicole Pratt~Samantha Stosur~Christina Wheeler

Nicole Kriz~Monique Adamczak~Isabella Holland~Jessica Moore

Emily Hewson~Trudi Musgrave~Sophie Ferguson~Casey Dellacqua
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This is our team
Anastasia Myskina
Nadya Petrova
Vera Zvonareva
Svetlana Kuznetsova

Dementieva and Likhovtseva are substitutes.

Good luck to my favs

AZARENKA

*Kuznetsova*Sharapova*Kleybanova*Vesnina*Shvedova*Kulichkova*Kasatkina*
Pavlyuchenkova*Makarova*Diatchenko*Pivovarova*Gasparyan*Leykina*Zhuk*Potapova*Pervushina**Govortsova
MINELLA TsurenkoAlize Lim*El Tabakh*Robson*Cirstea
*Juhaszova*Zanevska*Broady*Bouchard*
Cetkovska*Svitolina*
*Bellis*Soylu*Sibille*Uberalova*Eden Silva*
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If Petrova and Myskina both play the singles we are gone!!!!!! hehe
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We should be able to win doubles though
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Russia are an unbelievable team

winning anything would be a great acheivement for the aussies girls

but reckon we might get 1 or 2 rubbers

GO THE AUSSIE GIRLS


Alicia Molik~Nicole Pratt~Samantha Stosur~Christina Wheeler

Nicole Kriz~Monique Adamczak~Isabella Holland~Jessica Moore

Emily Hewson~Trudi Musgrave~Sophie Ferguson~Casey Dellacqua
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i reckon we will get 2
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