View Full Version : Sharapova to play for Russia in Fed Cup semifinals vs. U.S.

Jul 7th, 2007, 12:34 PM
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MOSCOW -- World No. 2 Maria Sharapova will lead defending champion Russia in next week's Fed Cup semifinals against the United States.

The Florida-based Sharapova will make her eagerly awaited debut for her native country after turning down a chance to represent Russia in a major international team competition on several occasions in the past.

Russia Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev also named Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze, all ranked in the top 10 in the world, for the July 14-15 semifinals in Vermont.

The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, will lead the host nation, teaming up with Lisa Raymond and Vania King.

Jul 7th, 2007, 12:35 PM
She's been nominated, doesn't mean she'll play. :o I hope she does though.

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:36 PM
I think she will!!

Jul 7th, 2007, 12:49 PM
All Sharapova has said is that she's going to see a doctor, then talk to Tarpischev. She has never committed to this tie.
ESPN put out a press release of athletes who agreed to be at the US tv show 'ESPY'S' on July 15th and Sharapova is on their list.

Jul 7th, 2007, 12:58 PM
Sharapova is yet to comfirm her participation, Kunzetsova is yet to confirm her participation, Petrova said she wouldn't play :shrug:

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Sharapova is yet to comfirm her participation, Kunzetsova is yet to confirm her participation, Petrova said she wouldn't play :shrug:

Woo hoo! We have no team :yeah:

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:06 PM
Sveta said yes. Anna will be there

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:13 PM
but her confidence vs the williams sisters wont be that good at the moment..even if she plays i think its going to be tough for her to beat both the sisters

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Russia Has More Chances To Beat Usa Now!

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:17 PM
I don't think Sharapova will play.

I don't know why they don't call up Dinara Safina, she's never lost a doubles match in Fed Cup so she could be quite handy! Maybe she's made herself unavailable?

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:20 PM
Dinara played great in the Fed Cup final vs France in 2005.
She and Lena D beat Pierce and Mauresmo, and Pierce would take short balls and bash them at Dinara when she was at net.
Dinara should have been picked to play Kim in day 2 vs Belgium in 2006, not Kirilenko.

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Sveta said yes. Anna will be there

According to "Sport-Express" Sveta hasn't said "yes".

"I haven't made the decision though I know I'm in official nomination for the team. But injuries have been worrying me lately so I have to consult the doctors before saying "yes". I don't wanna risk my healthy and ruin the second half of the season."

Jul 7th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Maria,Svetlana - and Venus? :p Memories from Wimbledon will come back :lol: :p Also Serena-Maria :lol:

Can be a nice weekend :yeah: