Anastasia will need to rely on patience and getting lots of balls back if she's to stand a chance against Lindsay. I'm expecting Lindsay to overpower Anastasia here.
James Blake vs Marat Safin:
James has the advantage in confidence by being the defending champion, and being in better shape than his Russian rival at the end of this season. Power is not the issue - both are very adept. Marat sometimes doesn't choose his shots well. James is more instinctive and has better shot selection. That should be what sees him through but Marat is a former No. 1 and is capable of playing great, especially if he's been training over the off-season in an effort to make up for lost time in 2003.
USA vs Russia:
The Americans will prove themselves to be a sturdy combo, and the Russians, once again, an unknown entity. I'd expect the Americans to win this one. I wouldn't bet against them at this point. The Russians may fight harder to pick up the tie for placings' sake if this rubber is dead, and the Americans relent slightly. But under the intensity of a live rubber, expect the Russians not to back down. Lindsay can get down on herself easily if the situation goes down to the wire. If not, she'll swing freely and hit the mark. Anastasia will probably be a determined customer to deal with either way.
PREDICTION: Most likely to be "All the way, U-S-A!"
Neither would I. I still think Davenport will win her match, but Marat should win his and Russia could take the mixed, but I predicted USA but Russia could just as easily win the mixed if Marat is on fire
I predict USA 3-0, but it could be 2-1 depending on whether Marat can get back to form by then, and I'm guessing no judging from the last few matches from last year. I think it'll take him a bit logner to find his best form.
it depends a lot on Lindsay's conditions.we dont know how she'll be,if she's fully recovered from her surgery or if she's still rusty.if she's on,she'll beat myskina.it depends also on safin's condition,cos if he's on he'll overpower jamie.
if everyone is healthy,usa will win 2-1.
Strangely enough, Myskina and Davenport have met only twice, and both times they met at the same tournament - New Haven. Both times, Lindsay bitch slapped her. Like 6-2 6-1 and 6-2 6-2. In their second meeting, Lindsay had just come back from her knee operation. I'm going to say history will repeat itself, and Lindsay will take it without much trouble.
I think Marat will win over James because even though he has been injured for a while, he is still a much better player.
Doubles should go to USA. Afterall, Lindsay is a former world number one in both singles and doubles.