Join Date: Oct 2001
I think it has to do with the ammount of tennis Sveta was forced to play in this event and her plans for Zurich.
If you consider that they lost in Moscow on a Friday and she was about to play in singles qualifying on Saturday in Stuttgart this is too much for her if being in the doubles the whole week again in Stuttgart if she´s keen on playing singles qualifying for Zurich too.
I believe that both Elena Likhovtseva and Sveta discussed in Moscow that they plan to play in some major singles events too this fall and that they are forced to play qualifyings for that. Therefore, for a singles AND doubles player like both of them are it´s always difficult to decide which to play and which to skip.
This is an excellent solution of combining their partners for one week.
As with regard to the LA race, Lindsay might be willing to play a smart schedule for the rest of 2003 and might have told Lisa about it. It was reported that Lisa´s is to play with Rennae for both Zurich and Stuttgart. This means -for me- that Cara and Elena (as 4th team) and Sveta and Martina (as 3rd team) are qualified for LA.