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The best answer is Venus.
They are playing Russia, which is a team composed of Safina, Douchevina, Myskina, and Dementieva. The USA has Venus, Craybas, Washington and Morariu. It will most likely look like this:
Venus/Morariu in doubles
Venus in 2 singles
then the other 2 singles will be split between Craybas/Washington or one will have both.
If Venus plays well and comes through, she will get 3 points and the victory for the US. If she can't iwn and loses lets say, the doubles. That means that either Craybas or Washington will have to beat Dementieva or Natsya, or atleast Safina or Douchevina, which Craybas and Washington both have an 0-1 record against both of them.
So, basically, the only way that the US can win is if Venus wins every match she plays and the score will be 3-2 (I'm not saying Craybas or Mashona couldn't win, but according to the past, their records, their rankings, etc, the odds are against them).
If Venus doesn't play well and win every match, the US will lose to Russia. Therefore, she is the most crucial to her team.
If you look at Myskina for example. Even if she loses a match, she still has Dementieva there to play well or vise versa.
If you look at Mauresmo. She too has other players to back her up, such as Pierce, Dechy or even Razzano. And let's face it, they aren't exactly playing a "good" team, so she doesn't have to play well for them to win.
If you look at Vives or Medina, there team isn't very good anyway and they are playing a very good French team, so none of them are really crucial to there team, they are all equals.
So, as you can see, the only answer is Venus cause every other team has 2 stars or atleast players who can pull off upsets, except the United States.
How should you be? You should be like a rocky promontory against which the restless surf continuously pounds.
It stands fast while the churning sea is lulled to sleep at its feet. I hear you say,
"How unlucky that this should happen to me."
But not at all.
Perhaps say instead how lucky I am that I am not broken by what has happened,
and I am not afraid of what is about to happen.