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pierce0415
Jul 8th, 2005, 12:11 AM
I don't think Mashona or Jill can beat either Myskina or Dementieva so the US needs to hope that Venus wins both matches and that they can win the deciding doubles. On indoor clay court in front of a Moscow crowd I think the US is facing an uphill battle. Might as well pencil in Russia in the finals against France again.

Davenselesport
Jul 8th, 2005, 12:15 AM
USA will PREVAIL!!

selking
Jul 8th, 2005, 01:11 AM
idk, i think with how streaky aka bad myskina has been playing this year, you never know what could happen if mashona plays her

charmedRic
Jul 8th, 2005, 01:15 AM
Best of Luck to the American Ladies.

TF Chipmunk
Jul 8th, 2005, 01:16 AM
I think it'll probably be up to the doubles :shrug: in which case, Russia would win since they have the better doubles players.

igost
Jul 8th, 2005, 01:25 AM
it's not over until it's over

cartmancop
Jul 8th, 2005, 02:09 AM
I am confident that Venus can win both singles matches, if she's not exhausted both mentally & physically. Elena D & Anastasia have been very up & down this year. They could play great & crush the USA's #2 singles or they could show up completely off their game & lose one. In doubles, I guess it will be Venus & Morariu?? Both are good doubles players, but I don't know how well they'll do 2gether....I think it might come down to that match....

Rome
Jul 8th, 2005, 02:26 AM
I think it'll probably be up to the doubles :shrug: in which case, Russia would win since they have the better doubles players.
lol

selyoink
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:20 AM
The US has a chance but if Venus loses one of her matches I don't see them having much of a chance at winning.

Volcana
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:38 AM
A chance? Yes. A GOOD chance? No.

In Fed Cup, the whole Nationalism thing comes into play. On top of that, Russia will have two top tenners playing singles, and an experienced doubles team. The USA could easily lose 4-1.

venusfan
Jul 8th, 2005, 04:26 AM
USA VS russia LIVE ON THE TENNIS CHANNEL 6AM UNTIL

Thank you no ESPN crappy coverage

Paneru
Jul 8th, 2005, 04:52 AM
Ah, some people,
honestly! :lol:

If you step out on to a court
and play you always have a chance!

Venus & crew will be leaving some
folks with egg on their faces. :cool:

lindsayno1
Jul 8th, 2005, 09:10 AM
if lindsay was playing i would rephrase it to 'does Russia have a chance'.

now.... i dunno! Corinas used to working with lindsay for dubs, so has to get used to someone else.

ceiling_fan
Jul 8th, 2005, 09:15 AM
if lindsay was playing i would rephrase it to 'does Russia have a chance'.

now.... i dunno! Corinas used to working with lindsay for dubs, so has to get used to someone else.

yeah i agree..

but good luck to both teams!

Gallofa
Jul 8th, 2005, 09:59 AM
Well, Venus should get the 2 singles victories, so they can probably make it 2-2 and have doubles be the decisive match. That's where US could lose it. The russians are used to playing with each other.

Chunchun
Jul 8th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Go LenaD!

Shonami Slam
Jul 8th, 2005, 11:02 AM
it's a tricky 3-2 win for the russians instead of a safe 3-2 win had the russians used kuznetsova and likhovtseva/zvonareva for doubles.
but the russians really can provide so much weapons, it's a shame they can't form a second group...

Jackson.
Jul 8th, 2005, 11:22 AM
No :p

Freewoman33
Jul 8th, 2005, 11:36 AM
I won't be surprised if Mashona takes out Dementieva. I think if Mashona's serve holds up, she could do it. Venus plays her best under pressure. Lately, Venus has been giving paybacks to players that have beaten her in the recent past. Although she beat Myskina at Antwerp, Myskina last beat her on clay at RG. Also, last time she played Dementieva she lost. Therefore, it's payback time and I think Venus will prevail in both her matches.

WF4EVER
Jul 8th, 2005, 11:57 AM
I really honestly don't think this has anything to do with payback. This is FedCUp and Venus is a very patriotic soul. If for no other reason then for her country Venus will try her best. WHether she has the energy left after last week's roller coaster emotional ride is left to be seen.

Hopefully Mashona will also go out there and try to defend her national pride with her best play.Of course this is a very tall order for the USA and for Venus in particular because she'll have to carry this team for the most past against last year's French Open winner and finalist.

I do not support the USA but wherever Venus is there I be.

Go Venus.

goldenlox
Jul 8th, 2005, 02:32 PM
Russia has a huge advantage in depth. The 2 top ranked Russians aren't playing, Maria and Sveta. Plus the Russian #4, Nadia.
This is #3 and #5. Both in the top 10.
In 5 years, the difference between Russia and the USA in women's tennis might be huge.

Wiggly
Jul 8th, 2005, 02:37 PM
Well, Dementieva beats easily (7-5 6-1) Mashona on grass so I think that will be easier for Dementieva on clay...

4-1 or 3-2 for Russia :)

Pureracket
Jul 8th, 2005, 02:43 PM
Well, Dementieva beats easily (7-5 6-1) Mashona on grass so I think that will be easier for Dementieva on clay...

4-1 or 3-2 for Russia :)How do you translate that Dementieva will do better against Mashona on clay?

Knizzle
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:06 PM
Venus is dangerous when she has a sense of responsiblity and holding up the flagship. I honestly think it was part of the reason she won Wimbledon because Serena lost early and she had to represent the family.

ZAK
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:13 PM
How do you translate that Dementieva will do better against Mashona on clay?

Grass isn't the best surface for Dementieva, but it has been one of the most successful for Mashona. And Mashona sucks on clay, while Dmentieva does well on it.

Freewoman33
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:51 PM
I really honestly don't think this has anything to do with payback. This is FedCUp and Venus is a very patriotic soul. If for no other reason then for her country Venus will try her best. WHether she has the energy left after last week's roller coaster emotional ride is left to be seen.

Hopefully Mashona will also go out there and try to defend her national pride with her best play.Of course this is a very tall order for the USA and for Venus in particular because she'll have to carry this team for the most past against last year's French Open winner and finalist.

I do not support the USA but wherever Venus is there I be.

Go Venus.

True, but I'm sure those two loses will be in the back of her mind.

Experimentee
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Mashona has a chance against Myskina, considering shes been losing to anyone this year. Dementieva is pretty inconsistent, she can lose to anyone too.

Knizzle
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Grass isn't the best surface for Dementieva, but it has been one of the most successful for Mashona. And Mashona sucks on clay, while Dmentieva does well on it.

Dementieva on clay is overrated.

Knizzle
Jul 8th, 2005, 03:57 PM
Mashona has a chance against Myskina, considering shes been losing to anyone this year. Dementieva is pretty inconsistent, she can lose to anyone too.

There's always an opening to beat Dementieva with her poor serve so if Mashona can hit winners or force errors off that 2nd serve she's in with a chance.

Marie Waggedorn
Jul 8th, 2005, 04:08 PM
The US has a chance if Venus can win both matches as well as play doubles.

greenfunkTHREE.
Jul 8th, 2005, 06:01 PM
if you are talking about singles. then it's almost clear that usa can take the points form singles. but i'd have to agree that russia will take the doubles. i say russia wins. 3-2

j_dementieva27
Jul 8th, 2005, 06:27 PM
russia will win, either 4-1 or 3-2

venus will beat myskina in three sets
elena will beat mashona in straights
elena will beat venus in three sets (this is the on that will decide the final score as either 4-1 or 3-2)
myskina (or replacement safina prob) will be mashona (or replacement craybas) in straights
russian dubs with take out usa dubs easily

SelesFan70
Jul 8th, 2005, 06:44 PM
Let's just say Venus will be a very busy lady... :lol: It's all on her shoulders. I'm sure she'll handle it well.

ZAK
Jul 8th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Dementieva on clay is overrated.

Her claycourt is still much better than Washington's. There is a bigger gap in their claycourt records than their grass court records, therefore the original point still stands. Of course anything can happen, but Dementieva is the overwhelming favorite on clay.

BoucharDRules
Jul 8th, 2005, 06:59 PM
Elena will clinch victory for Russia with a win over Venus.

Mashona will be non-factor.


Russia can get a clean sweep if Myskina beats Venus.

:D