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pierce0415
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:01 AM
Going into this week's Fed Cup, IMO the only World Group I result that is in doubt is Argentina vs. Spain. The other matches should be one sided affairs, with the only doubt being if the reserves playing the "dead" rubbers (Corina vs. Els would be a possible 4th dead rubber match).

But assuming that the teams go w/ their original lineup in the case of a dead rubber, I think both France and USA will win 5-0 w/ France losing fewer games in the 5 matches. All four members of the French team are very solid. Venus may be rusty against an on Flipkins assuming that she has recovered from injury. Russia on the other hand may be upset unless Myskina can get her game together.

WORLD GROUP I FIRST ROUND

ITALY v RUSSIA
Venue: Brindisi, Italy (clay - outdoors)

Italy
#20 Francesca Schiavone
#31 Flavia Pennetta
#60 Maria-Elena Camerin
#66 Tathiana Garbin
Captain: Mr Corrado Barazzutti

Russia
#5 Elena Dementieva
#6 Anastasia Myskina
#14 Elena Bovina
#38 Dinara Safina
Captain: Mr Shamil Tarpischev

USA v BELGIUM
Venue: Delray Beach, FL, USA (hard - outdoors)

USA
#1 Lindsay Davenport
#4 Serena Williams
#9 Venus Williams
UNRANKED Corina Morariu
Captain: Ms Zina Garrison

Belgium
#174 Kirsten Flipkens
#175 Els Callens
#364 Leslie Butkiewicz
#392 Evelyne Van Hyfte
Captain: Mr Carl Maes

AUSTRIA v FRANCE
Venue: Portschach, Austria (clay - outdoors)

Austria
#131 Yvonne Meusberger
#154 Sybille Bammer
#473 Sandra Klemenschits
UNRANKED :tape: Tamira Paszek
Captain: Mr Alfred Tesar

France
#3 Amelie Mauresmo
#15 Nathalie Dechy
#18 Tatiana Golovin
#27 Mary Pierce
Captain: Mr Georges Goven

TF Chipmunk
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:33 AM
:eek: Maria's not on the Russian team???

Hmm, I would have to say USA loses the least games just because Belgium looks so pathetically weak with their team. Not to mention, USA is playing on hardcourts, while France is playing on Clay (big DUH), however you can lose more games on clay than on hardcourts, I would say.

RenaSlam.
Apr 18th, 2005, 02:02 AM
I will shit myself if the USA loses one match.

slydevil6142
Apr 18th, 2005, 02:08 AM
If the US loses any matches they should be ashamed of themselves... honestly no disrespect to the other team btu without Kim or Justine they dont have a prayer.

TF Chipmunk
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:14 AM
I will shit myself if the USA loses one match.

:rolls:

Chunchun
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:49 AM
USA :bounce:

_LuCaS_
Apr 18th, 2005, 04:15 AM
Going into this week's Fed Cup, IMO the only World Group I result that is in doubt is Argentina vs. Spain. The other matches should be one sided affairs, with the only doubt being if the reserves playing the "dead" rubbers (Corina vs. Els would be a possible 4th dead rubber match).

But assuming that the teams go w/ their original lineup in the case of a dead rubber, I think both France and USA will win 5-0 w/ France losing fewer games in the 5 matches. All four members of the French team are very solid. Venus may be rusty against an on Flipkins assuming that she has recovered from injury. Russia on the other hand may be upset unless Myskina can get her game together.

WORLD GROUP I FIRST ROUND

ITALY v RUSSIA
Venue: Brindisi, Italy (clay - outdoors)

Italy
#20 Francesca Schiavone
#31 Flavia Pennetta
#60 Maria-Elena Camerin
#66 Tathiana Garbin
Captain: Mr Corrado Barazzutti

Russia
#5 Elena Dementieva
#6 Anastasia Myskina
#14 Elena Bovina
#38 Dinara Safina
Captain: Mr Shamil Tarpischev

USA v BELGIUM
Venue: Delray Beach, FL, USA (hard - outdoors)

USA
#1 Lindsay Davenport
#4 Serena Williams
#9 Venus Williams
UNRANKED Corina Morariu
Captain: Ms Zina Garrison

Belgium
#174 Kirsten Flipkens
#175 Els Callens
#364 Leslie Butkiewicz
#392 Evelyne Van Hyfte
Captain: Mr Carl Maes

AUSTRIA v FRANCE
Venue: Portschach, Austria (clay - outdoors)

Austria
#131 Yvonne Meusberger
#154 Sybille Bammer
#473 Sandra Klemenschits
UNRANKED :tape: Tamira Paszek
Captain: Mr Alfred Tesar

France
#3 Amelie Mauresmo
#15 Nathalie Dechy
#18 Tatiana Golovin
#27 Mary Pierce
Captain: Mr Georges Goven
Myskina doesn't play, Vera D. was picked instead.
France could go flawless through this. SAme with US. Russia might struggle a little.

Prizeidiot
Apr 18th, 2005, 07:18 AM
I'd say the U.S.A

Italy has a good chance to provide an upset. Schivone and Penetta on clay is a very tough combination.

syd
Apr 18th, 2005, 07:26 AM
Me i d'say France or USA !
Russia might have some difficulties

Brαm
Apr 18th, 2005, 07:33 AM
USA of course :tape: :bolt:

Even the Belgian fans don't believe Belgium has a chance :help:

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=161876

Jeff
Apr 18th, 2005, 07:46 AM
Belgium will be lucky to win more than ten games the whole weekend.

@m@nd@
Apr 18th, 2005, 07:48 AM
Myskina doesn't play, Vera D. was picked instead.
France could go flawless through this. SAme with US. Russia might struggle a little.
:eek:
they chose vera D over myskina????