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Who will be in our Fed Cup Team ???

Playing Germany away on clay in 4 weeks time.

Lina and Nadya are out injured.
Anna I don't think will be persuaded to play ( her Fed Cup record is 2-6 anyway, losing last 5).

that leaves these 3 as certainties (hope no one else gets injured now
Elena Dementieva as #1
Anastasia Myskina #2
Elena Likhovtseva (doubles)

** I still think they will refuse to pick Tatiana Panova for some reason or another.

** Elena Bovina is out of form bad time (she's got Estoril/Budapest to find some)

** maybe its time to pick Svetlana Kuznetsova for the reserve.

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Seems to be the only choice. The question is who to be the substitute player? I think they should invite to the team one of the junior players - Vera Zvonareva or Sveta Kuznetzova.

BTW, anybody of the Russian Roulette going to Dresden for that match? I want to go if I can spare time.

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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.

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I don't think they will pick Panova either, that's really sad as she plays so well at the Fed Cup
I can see them inviting Kuznetzova but not Zvonareva.
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I can see them inviting Kuznetzova but not Zvonareva.
Why not? She`s the Russian champ two years in a row. They will make that tournament more prestigious by picking a winner to the Fed Cup team.

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Vera is now based in Washington and I think she will be playing the $75K Challenger in Dothan (week Apr 22) (entries are Monday)


Sveta should be able to come from Barcelona, shorter journey.

Sveta is also better on clay than Vera.

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What about a Likhovtseva/Kounikova doubles team, with Anna being the reserve singles player as well?

Or do you think Anna just will not play?
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Anna won't simply turn up to be "reserve"

Either she will want to play singles guaranteed or she won't play.

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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.

P.S. Eggy, we both gave the same reason, heh

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I though that Nastya and Anna are friends, and often practice together.

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Pity, she's such a good doubles player.

Is there any chance they'd pick her over Anastasia?
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As to who they choose.. Nastya and Alyona are locks to be selected. Elena L. will surely be selected too. They'll have to pick Panova. She is Russian #2 and world #25..

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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.
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Sharky i doubt very much will be in team.

She doesn't have much/any experience of playing on the red stuff.

Anna will only turn up if she is guaranteed a singles place.

Elena Likhovtseva will play doubles for sure.

Tatiana Panova on clay can be a nightmare esp as the germns don't have any big guns

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3 are locked.

Forget about Anna.

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.

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