No thread this year?
. I remember there is one every year, so we need one for this year
After Russia's amazing comeback against France yesterday, led by Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova, Russia will host Italy in the World Group Semifinals in April
I'm assuming Russia will play Italy in Moscow, either at the Olympic Stadium or Luzhniki. Will it be on hard or clay? Russia would have a better chance on hard, but I'm sure most top players won't play on hard so I guess they will choose clay, right?
So Russia needs their top clay courters to play. From what I heard, Zvonareva is already in. Now that Dementieva is gone, Sveta MUST play. Then it's down to Sharapova, Petrova, Safina, Pavlyuchenkova, Kleybanova, and Kirilenko. Safina is a great clay courter, but it depends on her form I guess, and it looks like she is only playing Indian Wells and Miami until then, so she needs to play EXTREMELY WELL in those two tournaments to be on the Fed Cup team, and it looks very unlikely
. Sharapova also needs to play pretty well. She isn't great on clay though and probably doesn't even want to play
. Petrova is great on clay, but she isn't in her best form
. Pavlyuchenkova definitely deserves a spot on the team since she did so well against France. I think it's going to be Zvonareva, Kuznetsova, Petrova, and Pavlyuchenkova. Who do you guys think will play?