Re: Fed Cup 2013
Our girls have drawn the Russian in February, in Australia. Tough draw, but based on team rankings the alternatives were Serbia, Italy and the Czech Republic, none of which would be much better, if at all.
You'd have to give Ash and Casey a good shot at winning the doubles if necessary (although the Russians are no slouches in doubles either, so they're not a shoe-in by any means). But even if they do, two singles points could be hard to come by, especially given Sam's poor record playing at home.
We really need a second singles player who can deliver a win as well, to take some of the pressure off Sam, but tbh I can't see any of them having a hope in hell of doing so, even if Sharapova doesn't play (I reckon she probably won't).