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goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:27 PM
MOSCOW, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova will make her long-awaited Fed Cup debut for Russia against Spain in their World Group first-round tie in April, Russia's tennis chief said on Tuesday.
The U.S. Open champion will be joined by Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, forming a powerful Russian line-up for the two-day tie in Moscow on April 21-22.
"Yes, all four of our girls have agreed to play against Spain," president of the Russian tennis federation Shamil Tarpishchev, who is also their Fed Cup captain, told Reuters.
"Of course, anything can happen between now and next April but barring any injuries, they all will be in the team."


All four Russians are now in Madrid, taking part in the season-ending WTA Championships, which began on Tuesday.
World number two Sharapova is riding on a three-tournament winning streak after her triumphs at the U.S. Open, Linz and Zurich and has a good chance of clinching the number one spot.
There have always been doubts in the Russian media over whether Sharapova would ever play for her country, but the Florida-based teenager made herself available for Russia's Fed Cup team last month.
"I'm really excited to make my first appearance in the Fed Cup for my country and it is great to be playing the tie in Moscow," the 19-year-old said on her Web site.
"Hopefully, myself and the team will put up a strong showing against Spain, who have a good team."
Kuznetsova, Petrova and Dementieva are all in the world's top eight, occupying the fourth, fifth and eighth spots respectively.
Russia will try to regain the Fed Cup title they won in 2004 and 2005. This year they lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals.

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:29 PM
wow what a team! :bounce:

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Tarpischev is doing what I said last week.
If Sharapova is going to play, with her mediocre performances in Russia,
the rest of the team has to be very strong

Shoulderpova
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:30 PM
OMG I didn't expect Sveta to join the team :eek:
The strongest team ever. I wonder who will play dubz.:drool: Poor Spain. A clean sweep for Russia ;)

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:32 PM
what surface is the tie on

cuz if its on clay...

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:35 PM
what surface is the tie on

cuz if its on clay...

clay wouldnt make a diff :p (its not like ASV or Conchita are about now)
anyway tie is gonna be on carpet.

saki
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:36 PM
Is this the first Fed Cup team where all four members qualified for the YEC?

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Is this the first Fed Cup team where all four members qualified for the YEC?


and in the top 10? :bounce:

azmad_88
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:37 PM
im sure dementieva will be put aside for singles because the other 3 girls are ranked higher than her ...:(

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:37 PM
April 21-22, they should play it on clay.
All the players will be training on clay as soon as Miami ends

saki
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:38 PM
:(im sure dementieva will be put aside for singles because the other 3 girls are ranked higher than her ...

They should play one singles match each. Don't know if they will but they might as well.

Filippo-Nastya
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:39 PM
Russia will beat easily Spain. They could win this tie even with the team Safina, Chakvetadze, Myskina, Zvonareva.
But in the semis against Belgium (above all if both Kim and Justine will play), Russia will need the best team to win and I'm not sure that all the best Russian players will be available...:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:45 PM
Russia will beat easily Spain. They could win this tie even with the team Safina, Chakvetadze, Myskina, Zvonareva.
But in the semis against Belgium (above all if both Kim and Justine will play), Russia will need the best team to win and I'm not sure that all the best Russian players will be available...:rolleyes: :rolleyes:That was a problem this year.
Getting Sharapova to show up against Belgium.
You can't play teams like Spain every round, it gets tougher.

Shoulderpova
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:46 PM
and you all think USA can't beat Belgium?

madame_maria
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:48 PM
Russia will beat easily Spain. They could win this tie even with the team Safina, Chakvetadze, Myskina, Zvonareva.
But in the semis against Belgium (above all if both Kim and Justine will play), Russia will need the best team to win and I'm not sure that all the best Russian players will be available...:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

ok then i'm sure Anastasia would be available. :lol:

crazillo
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:48 PM
She does that for the Olympics IMO.

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:53 PM
She does that for the Olympics IMO.We all know that.
And the next team, that plays Belgium or US, will not be the same

Filippo-Nastya
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:55 PM
ok then i'm sure Anastasia would be available. :lol:

Yes, she would be available. :lol: :sad:

AnneSo006
Nov 7th, 2006, 03:57 PM
Really great team... It will be very very very difficult to beat them!
Yes, poor Spain at the first round...

I was thinking that France could win Fed Cup in 2007 (with a strong team: Amélie, Tati who is pretty close to the best now, Marion and Séverine a really good player for double...) but now that Sharapova has joined the Russian Team... :bigcry:

madame_maria
Nov 7th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Yes, she would be available. :lol: :sad:

kidding yea <3 :)

lilimi
Nov 7th, 2006, 05:43 PM
perfect team, but i just don't like the fact maria is playing just for the olympics, not the TEAM :( it was time she wakes up!

Corswandt
Nov 8th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Tarpischev is doing what I said last week.
If Sharapova is going to play, with her mediocre performances in Russia,
the rest of the team has to be very strong

:lol:

This is just about as unbiased and realistic in one's assessments as one can possibly get.

pierce0415
Nov 8th, 2006, 02:26 PM
sorry but one or 2 will be injured so this team will not be the one that plays

also can't believe Nadia weaseled her way back onto the team

thedragon
Nov 8th, 2006, 02:28 PM
that team is nothing compared to GB's team :cool: