These stupid injuries make the Russian team future not so sure. Last year we had 5 girls who definetely could be included in the team to play singles - Elena Dementieva, Nadya, Lina, Nastya and Elena Bovina. Of course nobody of them could really withstand the power of the US team but against any other they could do well. This year the situation is totally different. Lina and Nadya are out with injuries, and Bovina is clearly out of form. So it leaves just two quality players - Alyona and Nastya. And what will happen if any of them get injured? In that case our chances even with such a middle-classed team as a German one will be next to zero. What a curse! Why these injuries alwais happen to all our girls at once.
They may invite. Schamil Tarpishev is very fond of her, but IMO it`s not a wise decision. Alyona and Nastya do not like very much, and each of them is more important for the team than Anna. What`s more, Anna will never accept the substitute role.
Assuming Anna K. doesn't play, the team should consist of Elena Dementieva, Anastassia Myskina, Maria Sharapova and Elena Likhovtseva for doubles. But if Anna is chosen, then she should replace Likovtseva.
The question is Panova or a junior? Alhtough I favor more our juniors than Tatiana, I think it's only fair if they invite her. Another way of sloving this issue is to invite both Tatiana and Svetlana and see who is better, before deciding the final 4.