Re: Alize season 2013
To be honest, I would have expected this scenario: they choose fast hardcourt, use Bartoli and Mladenovic, given her Paris indoors run.
But with Marion out with flu, maybe Mladenovic and ... not sure about the second singles choice, maybe Razzano who hits very flat shots.
On clay however I'm really surprised that they didn't use Alize in singles. Her game suits clay more than any of the other French players. It was always going to be a tough tie though. Sabine is strong on quick surfaces as she has shown at Wimbledon, Julia is strong on clay where it becomes difficult to rush her big swing, so even the surface choice was tricky, but with Bartoli theoretically available I would have gone with a fast surface.