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maddogz48
Feb 5th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Since the Fed Cup Semifinals will be played in Russia, it's obvious that clay will be the surface of choice for the Russian team.
With that being said, will Russia really choose Sharapova to play for this tie on clay?

Which players do you all think Russia will send in against the USA if both Serena & Venus sign on to play represent the US?

I was thinking Russia would go with their best clay court players: Kuznetsova, Petrova, Dementieva and probably Chakvetadze.

Serena and Venus will have to literally carry the US team as Davenport is not likely to fly all the way to Russia and play on red clay since she is planning to skip the entire red clay court season along with the French Open.

Serena and Venus better be prepared to play singles and doubles for this Fed Cup Semifinal on clay and send the USA into the Fed Cup Finals.

Sam L
Feb 5th, 2008, 04:53 AM
I god damn hope the Sisters play. Please, please, please! :prays:

vw.
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:06 AM
I feel like Venus is sure to play. Serena, I'm not 100% sure.
Davenport has already expressed interest to play for the entire, and I'm sure a change in surface won't change that. Plus, her and Raymond doubles team on clay is still pretty strong.

I like USA's chances if ONE of the WS shows up.

QUEENLINDSAY
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:26 AM
U.S. hero Harkleroad faces Fed Cup axe

U.S. hero Harkleroad faces Fed Cup axe
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes
LA JOLLA, California, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Ashley Harkleroad (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/314/;_ylt=AtBf1DKpRfz_jaBD5rpi1D8pv7YF) led the United States into the Fed Cup world group semi-finals by winning her two singles matches on debut against Germany but could be dropped for the next round.
The U.S. meet champions Russia in the last four, almost certainly on a slow clay surface in Moscow, and accept they have to field their strongest team to have any chance of progressing.
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"It all depends who we get to field," Davenport told reporters after winning her last two rubbers on Monday in the first-round tie against Germany.
"If we can field our strongest team, we have a great shot (against Russia). If not, it's going to be tricky because it's going to be, I'm sure, on a slow red clay court which is obviously not the Americans' best surface.
"We are fired up. We're going to try and talk either Venus or Serena into coming."
Neither of the Williams sisters was available for the La Jolla tie, although Venus did consider playing in it.
WAITING TIME
"Venus had me wait probably till a week up until (the team was announced)," U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison said. "She was going back and forth. She basically said she played five weeks straight and couldn't do it. Look for her in April."
Seventeen-times champions, the U.S. will be bidding for their first Fed Cup title since 2000 when they face Russia on April 26-27.
The Americans lost to the Russians 3-2 in last year's final on a hardcourt surface in Vermont.
"I'm tired of Russia," Garrison smiled. "I want the ones (players) who are here right now just to enjoy the fact that we have the opportunity to go to Russia."
Harkleroad, who sealed victory for the U.S. by beating German teenager Sabine Lisicki (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/3940/;_ylt=Ag2MN7x6c6CuAouFXVMeSmEpv7YF) 6-4 7-5, said she would not be disappointed if overlooked.
"It just means that I would be able to continue to play tournaments and work on my own ranking, continue to play and continue to move up," added the 22-year-old, who crushed Tatjana Malek (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/4105/;_ylt=AniHSmIM6HqGU1I4Ls53uAEpv7YF) 6-1 6-3 in Saturday's opening singles.
"So I wouldn't be disappointed. They (Russia) are a tough team. But I definitely would be all for it if they asked me to go to Moscow, for sure." (Editing by Ed Osmond)
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Willam
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:38 AM
For USA:

Serena
Venus
Raymond
Davenport

Russia:

Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze
Petrova

wtatennisballer
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:51 AM
Russia was talking so much smack this week in Israel, I hope we destroy them 5-0 .:fiery:

Davenport
Venus
Raymond
Harkleroad

Cakeisgood
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:04 AM
If it's clay, Kuzzie for sure, Dementieva and Petrova. But I would drop Chak for Sharapova (note: Sharapova beat Chak at 2007 RG). Hell, Petrova's is an absolute head case, so maybe cut her and send Safina (or Chak or Sharapova, depending on who makes the team)

Sharakim
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:29 AM
Americans
Williams the Elder
Davenport
Raymond
Harkleroad

Russians
Sharapova
Kuznetsova
Petrova
Dementieva

Junex
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:42 AM
USA
Williams S.
Williams V.
Davenport L.
Raymond L.


Russia

Sharapova M.
Kuznetsova S.
Petrova N.
Henina J. :devil:

mankind
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Russia

Sharapova M.
Kuznetsova S.
Petrova N.
Henina J. :devil:

:spit: Well if that's the case, I think we can do without Petrova.

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:46 AM
I would hope the same players who made themselves available for the QTRs.:bounce:

Paneru
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:02 AM
I would hope the same players who made themselves available for the QTRs.:bounce:

Then you may as well give
Russia a BYE to the finals now. ;)

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 5th, 2008, 08:36 AM
I'm not sure at all Kuznetsova will play. I'm sure Sharapova will not play.
And I don't how Venus could handle that crazy tournaments schedule she announced...

jonny84
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:29 AM
Russians - Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Petrova & Safina

US - Serena, Venus, Lindsay, Lisa

Elldee
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:20 AM
It'll be tough for Tarpishev because Sharapova will be available and is far and away the best Russian player at the moment. So it'll be a hard decision whether or not to play on clay. It'd be stupid not to, tho, I guess, giving the US's reputation on clay.

If I was Tarpishev and everyone made themselves available, I'd opt for:

Sharapova
Dementieva
Petrova
Chakvetadze

... but I'm not sure Elena D will want to nor be allowed to play.

Lindsay will be on the team if she's fit. She'd play singles or doubles, and will undoubtedly be the third singles option. It might even encourage her to play the French.

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:25 AM
Sharapova won't be there. She is totally unreliable.
It will probably be on clay with Sveta, Nadia, Lena D, Anna

schorsch
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:38 AM
I dont really care much as long as Russia wins ;)

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:42 AM
only thing for certain is a Russia win :banana:

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:42 AM
I care. This is hard work. And the players who are winning Fed Cup titles for Russia take great pride in their work.

Matt01
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:04 PM
Why do so many people here assume that Kuzzie will play and Sharpie won't? Didn't Kuzzie say that she will concentrate on becoming #1 this year and so will not play Fed Cup? And why should Sharpie already stop now when she has just started and for the first time has played for "her" country? :lol:


only thing for certain is a Russia win :banana:


Ermm...nope. That isn't certain at all.

Cp6uja
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Russia:
Chakvetadze
Petrova
Safina
Vesnina

USA:
Harkleroad
Shaughnessy
Raymond
Huber

My prediction: RUS def USA 4-1

new-york
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Russia

Sharapova M.
Kuznetsova S.
Petrova N.
Henina J. :devil:

USA
Williams S.
Williams V.
Davenport L.
Henilliams J.:cool::tape::p

The Daviator
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:18 PM
If either of the Williams sisters play, then USA will win the tie, Pova will likely not play a tie on red clay.

MisterMan
Feb 5th, 2008, 01:24 PM
I'm sure Sharapova's semi at the French will be a factor. Don't count her out for Fed Cup on clay.

Why would Serena play if she just mentioned she needs surgery ??
I'd love Venus to shut Chak up. I still can't get over what an ass she was this week !

jfk
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:17 PM
I suspect we'll see Venus, Davenport, Raymond, and Harkleroad.

Which will possibly lead to a sticky situation in which Davenport gets crushed in her first singles match....and then Harkleroad would likely be a better bet to win the second match but can't be chosen since well...it's Lindsay.

Should be interesting.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 5th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Venus to play Doha on rebound ace outdoors, Memphis indoors the following week, Bangalore outdoors the following week, Miami outdoors two and half weeks later, Charleston on green clay a week later, Fed Cup in Moscow on red clay indoors the following week :eek:

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:03 PM
Russian Team on Clay= Sharapova-Kuznetsova-Chakvetadze-Dementieva

US Team on Clay= Lindsay-Venus-Ashley-Lisa

We all know Serena will be "INJURED" and I could bet either Lindsay or Venus will also be "INJURED"...


The Daviator
Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?
If either of the Williams sisters play, then USA will win the tie, Pova will likely not play a tie on red clay.

Did Venus played last year in the Semis??? Yes actually she and Lisa lost to VESNINA-PETROVA on US Soil AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

People either have no memory at all or selective memory...

3 Titles in 4 Years soon 4 in 5 years GO RUSSIA !

bellascarlett
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:05 PM
:lol: at those who underestimate Maria on clay. She's still in the top four Russians even on clay. She's not a clay court player but her game can still beat those who play better clay court style tennis.

Regarding the tie, I would also lean towards clay as Russia's players have been more accomplished on clay in the last few years. I think Sharapova could play if the US uses Davenport as a singles player. But I think this is Kuzzy's turn to lead their team.

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:08 PM
Kuzzy and Maria will be the top singles duo. But depending on form don't count out Elena is all isn't going to plan after the first day. Everything will depend on who the US players will be. I'm sure we will get only one of the 3 past slam champs... Probably Lindsar or Venus. Russian won the 1/2 away last year now we will crushed them easily at home. I take Maria on clay anyday against whoever team usa sends out. Get ready for an great Olympic prelude FED CUP Final CHINA-RUSSIA!!!

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:23 PM
We have to see who's in form. If Elena D is playing well, she could be very helpful this tie.

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:30 PM
Exactly but it will depend a lot on the US Team. Because I'm not sure if Kuzzy could handle the pressure of playing a sister even on red clay... Anna has beaten both last year and Elena also has beaten them at times. But I'm pretty sure one of them won't be there so it should be easy sweeping Lindsay and Maria handling Venus...

@Sweet Cleopatra
Feb 5th, 2008, 03:54 PM
Sharapova will not play , she is not brave enough to take the decision to may be playing one of the Williams on Moscow , I know that well , if she decided to play it will be great , but I don't think she will be choosen from the first since it's on clay , Russia will win cause Anna proves that winning for her country is very important to her and she'll probably play 2 matches

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 04:16 PM
SHARAPOVA WILL PLAY. She's in a Golden Slam state of mind now. Imagine that : 4 SLAMS FED CUP OLYMPIC GOLD !!!

MisterMan
Feb 5th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Why is Harkleroad even in consideration ?!?! She's horrendous. Would she even get two games off anyone on the Russian team?

Just because she beat a couple of lackluster German ITF caliber players doesn't mean she's America's next hope to crush Maria, Sveta or Anna ! LoL

(Now watch the "Lisiki's the next best thing since Svavy comments !!!) Umm..Agnes, who ???

@Sweet Cleopatra
Feb 5th, 2008, 04:37 PM
SHARAPOVA WILL PLAY. She's in a Golden Slam state of mind now. Imagine that : 4 SLAMS FED CUP OLYMPIC GOLD !!!

I hope so , I think she wants to play on Fed Cup final more than Semi Final and also playing against US in particular may be not accepted from her annoying sponsers and Williams sisters will love to beat her on fed cup more than any thing , so much pressure on her , she wants to be on top of ranking again , so I think they will play on clay and she will not be choosen , if I find her playing it will be a fantastic surprise but I don't think she can handle all this pressure , every one wants her to be perfect on every thing but she can't

Maria Croft
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:37 PM
I see no reason why Sharapova shouldn't play just because it's on clay, it's not gonna bother her any more then anyone she could face from the USA, and Kuznetsova is the only one to really have better results on clay then Maria, well there is Petrova as well but right now she isn't playing that well anyway.

Maria Croft
Feb 5th, 2008, 05:38 PM
Sharapova won't be there. She is totally unreliable.
It will probably be on clay with Sveta, Nadia, Lena D, Anna

This coming from the person that said that Maria would NEVER play Fed Cup :lol: :tape:

CanIGetAWhat
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:08 PM
USA:
Venus
Serena
Lindsay/Lisa for doubles

Russia:
Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze
Petrova

Maria Sharapova will make herself available, but I don't see her playing. :tape:

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:10 PM
USA:
Venus
Serena
Lindsay/Lisa for doubles

Russia:
Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze
Petrova

Maria Sharapova will make herself available, but I don't see her playing. :tape:

more chance of Masha playing than any of Williams sisters or Lindsay :tape:

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:14 PM
more chance of Masha playing than any of Williams sisters or Lindsay

100% TRUE

RUSSIA WORLD CHAMPIONS AGAIN !!!!

goldenslam888
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:22 PM
i don't see any reason for russia to chose clay as the surface. they'd be handicapping sharapova, the hottest player in the world. russia has plenty of guns to handle the usa on hardcourts.

goldenslam888
Feb 5th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Sharapova will not play , she is not brave enough to take the decision to may be playing one of the Williams on Moscow , I know that well , if she decided to play it will be great , but I don't think she will be choosen from the first since it's on clay , Russia will win cause Anna proves that winning for her country is very important to her and she'll probably play 2 matches

this is silly. sharapova ducks no one, healthy, injured, or on clay. and i'd say sharapova can beat anybody except justine on clay.

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:18 PM
This coming from the person that said that Maria would NEVER play Fed Cup :lol: :tape:Once over 4 years IS never

Dodoboy.
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:25 PM
Serena
Venus
Lindsay
Raymond!

Sharapova will play this tie even if it was on water as will Lindsay.

Bartosh
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:29 PM
Serena
Venus
Lindsay
Lisa

if this match will be on clay:

Kuznetsova
Petrova
Safina
Chakvetadze

If on hard Sharapova replace Kuznetsova...

But USA will WIN :bounce:

DOUBLEFIST
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:31 PM
I doubt russia chooses clay.

LudwigDvorak
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:44 PM
I doubt russia chooses clay.

Agreed.

Clay helps:
Kuznetsova
Petrova
Safina

Indoor carpet/hardcourt helps:
Sharapova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze

Kirilenko, Vesnina, and Zvonareva would probably rather play on hardcourt/carpet as well. Petrova and Safina are useless as much as I hate to admit it, and we don't even know if Kuznetsova (and Sharapova too, granted) will play.

My ideal Russian team would be, on an indoor carpet:
Sharapova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze
Petrova/Vesnina

My ideal American team would be, on an indoor carpet:
Davenport
V. Williams
Davenport/Raymond

And my dream ties would be:
Dementieva v. V. Williams
Dementieva v. Davenport
Chakvetadze v. V. Williams
Sharapova v. Davenport
Petrova/Vesnina v. Davenport/Raymond

[/endrant]

Serge007
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Petrova? Hmm...

Wintermute
Feb 5th, 2008, 07:54 PM
Maria said she enjoyed watching the final last year so I think she would be quite excited to play a home tie in Moscow against USA. She's no clay court specialist but she's still pretty damn good at it. If she's available she'll be picked.

Maria Croft
Feb 5th, 2008, 08:27 PM
Once over 4 years IS never


Then you better check your dictionary and look up the meaning of the word never :o :rolleyes:

goldenslam888
Feb 5th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Petrova? Hmm...

petrova/kuz in doubles. very tough.

1000
Feb 5th, 2008, 08:48 PM
I think Sharapova will play if healthy

M-CheSrb
Feb 5th, 2008, 08:58 PM
I would be highly surprised if Russia doesn't pick either Hardcourt or Indoor because those surfaces both fit better to Masha and Chaky. Actually I can't see Kuzy playing as she uses to struggle against the sisters.I think the Russians will play with : Sharapova,Chakvetadze,Petrova,Vesnina while the US Team depends on which of the big 3 will be "injured". I don't think Davenport and the sisters will be playing together.It will be either the sisters with Lisa and Harkleroad or Davenport with one of the sisters playing with Lisa and Harkleroad.I guess it will be Davenport,V.Williams,Raymond and Harkleroad for the Russians! :confused::confused:

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:21 PM
I would be highly surprised if Russia doesn't pick either Hardcourt or Indoor because those surfaces both fit better to Masha and Chaky. Actually I can't see Kuzy playing as she uses to struggle against the sisters.I think the Russians will play with : Sharapova,Chakvetadze,Petrova,Vesnina while the US Team depends on which of the big 3 will be "injured". I don't think Davenport and the sisters will be playing together.It will be either the sisters with Lisa and Harkleroad or Davenport with one of the sisters playing with Lisa and Harkleroad.I guess it will be Davenport,V.Williams,Raymond and Harkleroad for the Russians! :confused::confused:

yeah for sure...
Kuznetsova who defeated Serena and tied in H2Hs (3-3) with Venus is clearly struggling against the sisters while Petrova who has won 1 out of 10 matches against them would be the better choice :tape:

Anyway, Petrova won't play due to the fact she sucks big time at the moment, Kuznetsova won't play due to the fact she doesn't wanna play, Sharapova is a big IF as well.
On the other hand, Serena won't play for sure as she barely plays anything between Miami and Roland Garros and has to deal with that career-threatening dental surgery. Venus is as big "IF" as Sharapova (probably, even bigger). Lindsay won't win a match on red clay.
My prediction: Russian team that consists of Chakvetadze, Safina, Vesnina and other lower-ranked player will comfortably beat US team that includes Harkleroad, Raymond and two other lower-ranked players.

Oh, and it WILL be on clay.

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:37 PM
You people are clearly out of touch. Sharapova right now is playing the best tennis of her life she has had decent results on clay 1/2 final last year while injured. This year she could beat Henin in Paris so no problems for her to beat Lindsay Ashley or maybe even Venus on Clay in Moscow. Russia will field Maria and Anna or Sveta + Vesnina and another one for doubles but it won't matter because Lindsay/Ashley will go 0-2 and Venus at best if she shows up will go 1-1. This will be one big celebration in Moscow with Maria beeing finally truly embraced by her fellow Russians. Maria will go 2-0 and then either Elena-Anna-Kuzzy will go 1-1 or 2-0 so it will be a walk in the park for the Russians. 4th World Championship in 5 years is coming!!!

goldenlox
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:47 PM
Sharapova has always played terribly in Moscow. Every match, without exception.
Plus, she hasn't said being at this tie is a priority for her.
So forget her.
They need clay so Davenport is irrelevant. Then they have to see who's playing well, between Sveta, Anna, Lena D, Nadia. Who knows, maybe Vera will be playing well then.

Forehand_Volley
Feb 5th, 2008, 09:50 PM
I don't think it will matter who plays for the US if the surface is clay. The Russians will win.

-VSR-
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:10 PM
I would bet Davenport will be there and Raymond. I'd believe Venus would go if Zina asks her. Serena... she's too unpredictable. :lol:

Most likely: Venus, Davenport, Raymond and Harkleroad. :shrug:
Best team: Venus, Serena, Davenport & Raymond.

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Playing Kremlin Cup and playing a Fed Cup 1/2 vs. USA in Moscow is two completely different thing. She's in the mood now and she'll be there stop beeing negative. This semi will be a Russian Celebration all around. She'll play this also to get ready for Paris. Maria and any of 4-5 other Russians will destroy team usa easily and Moscow will be partying.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:02 PM
Playing Kremlin Cup and playing a Fed Cup 1/2 vs. USA in Moscow is two completely different thing. She's in the mood now and she'll be there stop beeing negative. This semi will be a Russian Celebration all around. She'll play this also to get ready for Paris. Maria and any of 4-5 other Russians will destroy team usa easily and Moscow will be partying.

"Moscow" won't even notice Fed Cup being held. The public don't care about Davis Cup, let alone the women's competition.

If it was Sharapova/Dementieva/Myskina v Venus/Serena/Davenport that would be the whole different story.

LudwigDvorak
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:11 PM
"Moscow" won't even notice Fed Cup being held. The public don't care about Davis Cup, let alone the women's competition.

If it was Sharapova/Dementieva/Myskina v Venus/Serena/Davenport that would be the whole different story.

Oh wow. Russians have dominated (mostly) all team competitions in tennis for a few years now, or at least been one of the very best. And Muscovites won't care about this tie at all? Sharapova and Dementieva at least will probably be at the tie...I think/hope.

WTAfanatiks
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:39 PM
US - Venus, Serena, Davenport & Lisa Raymond

This would be the strongest line up for the US I think, but not sure if the Williams sisters will participate and Davenport as well... So that leaves them with Lisa Raymond?!??:eek::lol:

RUSSIA - Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Chakvetadze & Vesnina

I think the Russian line up will depend wheather the US will have the Williams sisters or not. Without the Williams sisters, I don't think Sharapova is needed (yes, even though it's clay ). Wonder how good is Kirilenko on clay... I would love to see her on that team as well :bounce:. Ooops! I forgot about Dementieva also.... I don't trust Nadia at this point :unsure:

Corswandt
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:39 PM
yeah for sure...
Kuznetsova who defeated Serena and tied in H2Hs (3-3) with Venus is clearly struggling against the sisters while Petrova who has won 1 out of 10 matches against them would be the better choice :tape:

Anyway, Petrova won't play due to the fact she sucks big time at the moment, Kuznetsova won't play due to the fact she doesn't wanna play, Sharapova is a big IF as well.
On the other hand, Serena won't play for sure as she barely plays anything between Miami and Roland Garros and has to deal with that career-threatening dental surgery. Venus is as big "IF" as Sharapova (probably, even bigger). Lindsay won't win a match on red clay.
My prediction: Russian team that consists of Chakvetadze, Safina, Vesnina and other lower-ranked player will comfortably beat US team that includes Harkleroad, Raymond and two other lower-ranked players.

Oh, and it WILL be on clay.

I agree with everything you say. Russia must pick clay.

So Kuznetsova has decided not to play Fed Cup at all this season?

Pushkin
Feb 5th, 2008, 11:58 PM
AnnaK4ever you're clearly ignorant. People go crazy in Moscow everytime the Russian team plays either Davis Cup 2002-2006 Champs or Fed Cup 2004-2005-2007 Champs and the ratings are sky high all over Russia. The crowds are even better than many big footy teams get in the rest of Europe. Go there just once and you will see. Let's gring the world championship home once again this year Go Maria Anna Elena Sveta Nikolay Marat Igor Dmitry Mikhail and SHAMIL !!!!!!!!!!!

goldenlox
Feb 6th, 2008, 12:06 AM
Sveta said she might play. She didn't want to go to Israel right after the AO.

beecharmer
Feb 6th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Oh goodness, Kuznetsova said she wanted to concentrate on becoming no 1 this year so would ignore fed cup. let's face it, unless justine maria and ana die it isnt going to happen. she should see this. even if the matches are on clay they need to include sharapova if she is willing. i hope sveta wants too

M-CheSrb
Feb 6th, 2008, 02:18 AM
yeah for sure...
Kuznetsova who defeated Serena and tied in H2Hs (3-3) with Venus is clearly struggling against the sisters while Petrova who has won 1 out of 10 matches against them would be the better choice :tape:

Anyway, Petrova won't play due to the fact she sucks big time at the moment, Kuznetsova won't play due to the fact she doesn't wanna play, Sharapova is a big IF as well.
On the other hand, Serena won't play for sure as she barely plays anything between Miami and Roland Garros and has to deal with that career-threatening dental surgery. Venus is as big "IF" as Sharapova (probably, even bigger). Lindsay won't win a match on red clay.
My prediction: Russian team that consists of Chakvetadze, Safina, Vesnina and other lower-ranked player will comfortably beat US team that includes Harkleroad, Raymond and two other lower-ranked players.

Oh, and it WILL be on clay.

Uhm ... I didn't said that Petrova should play Singles...she should compete in Doubles as she will be crushed in Singles as you said...I agree with that :)!

AcesHigh
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:34 AM
Russia NEEDS Kuznetsova to play. She's been awesome and fairly fearless against both WS. Plus, she's the best claycourt player they have. Dementieva is always unpredictable although she's been a Fed Cup juggernaut. I'm really only scared if those two play singles.
Petrova is great on clay but she's struggling.

If it's just Sharapova and Chakvetadze, USA should win. Neither of them scares me on clay and Venus who's superior on clay anyway knows how to handle Sharapova at this point.

I expect Venus to play and drop one of her other tournaments in that dumb and ridiculous schedule she has planned. Davenport will probably play one match if Serena doesn't show up or rather when she doesn't show up.

The match will probably be decided by doubles unless Davenport can pull out a win.

Anyway, if Venus shows up healthy and in relatively good form, USA wins 3-2

Danči Dementia
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:50 AM
I really hope to see Elena D there
So
Dementieva :worship::bounce:
Chakvetadze:smooch:
Kusnetzova :D
Sharapova :o

Lindsayfan32
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:59 AM
SHARAPOVA WILL PLAY. She's in a Golden Slam state of mind now. Imagine that : 4 SLAMS FED CUP OLYMPIC GOLD !!!


Yeah right she'll win the four slams and Olympic gold. She can't play on clay if her life depended on it. :lol:

LudwigDvorak
Feb 6th, 2008, 06:15 AM
I believe Sharapova's biggest win on clay is over Dementieva, 61 64, in 2004.

And AcesHigh, we've gone over this. :lol: Elena on clay is nothing to be afraid of. Yes, half of her top 10 wins on clay have come at Fed Cup...but Venus has destroyed her in 3/4 sets played on clay, including Fed Cup. Although Elena's beaten Lindsay once or twice on clay...but you're probably right, Kuznetsova and Dementieva are probably Russia's best two current hopes on clay for Russia. Sharapova can hold her own on the surface though.

Russia should win this tie.

svetaisthebest
Feb 6th, 2008, 06:53 AM
Oh goodness, Kuznetsova said she wanted to concentrate on becoming no 1 this year so would ignore fed cup. let's face it, unless justine maria and ana die it isnt going to happen. she should see this. even if the matches are on clay they need to include sharapova if she is willing. i hope sveta wants too

I don't think her chances are that bad :p

AcesHigh
Feb 6th, 2008, 06:59 AM
I believe Sharapova's biggest win on clay is over Dementieva, 61 64, in 2004.

And AcesHigh, we've gone over this. :lol: Elena on clay is nothing to be afraid of. Yes, half of her top 10 wins on clay have come at Fed Cup...but Venus has destroyed her in 3/4 sets played on clay, including Fed Cup. Although Elena's beaten Lindsay once or twice on clay...but you're probably right, Kuznetsova and Dementieva are probably Russia's best two current hopes on clay for Russia. Sharapova can hold her own on the surface though.

Russia should win this tie.

:lol: Yes, I know i've argued unreasonably for Elena many times before. However, in Fed Cup, I just think you throw stats and other results out the window for Dementieva.

I just don't see anything dangerous about Chaks and Maria on this surface. Davenport is even worse than both, but Venus should handle either one and our doubles team is possibly the most formidable of the teams left.

Weirdly enough, all of Venus's losses in Fed Cup have been to Russia. She lost in doubles last year which cost them(the pairing of her with Raymond was awful) and they could've gone all the way. She also lost when partnered with Morariu in 2005 and also to Myskina in singles that same tie. And then her first loss was to Elena D in the 1999 final.

I just think Venus can handle Sharapova.. except for that debacle in Miami last year(55 UFE's to 28 winners, 12 df's to 3 aces), she's won 4 matches against her since Miami 2005(including exhibitions). She won against Chakvetadze in Fed Cup last year, and she won her last match against Kuznetsova, although she lost their last match on clay.

Idk, it should be interesting at least. No one really knows who will even play.

bellascarlett
Feb 6th, 2008, 02:02 PM
Once over 4 years IS never

Says who? Since when? Don't start changing definitions just because it's convenient for you. Point is, you've already eaten your words. :lol:

slamchamp
Feb 6th, 2008, 02:10 PM
Once over 4 years IS never
you're soo annoying:rolleyes:..there is life after fed cup do you know that?

Pushkin
Feb 6th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Russia can send 4-5 players who would destroy Lindsay on Clay and go odds even with Venus on it. Then we have some tough doubles team (like you saw in the 1/2 last year) so I Expect at about 90% a Russian win in this tie. We could really see Elena Dementieva beeing a Fed Cup heroine once again come April in Moscow.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 6th, 2008, 04:28 PM
AnnaK4ever you're clearly ignorant. People go crazy in Moscow everytime the Russian team plays either Davis Cup 2002-2006 Champs or Fed Cup 2004-2005-2007 Champs and the ratings are sky high all over Russia. The crowds are even better than many big footy teams get in the rest of Europe. Go there just once and you will see. Let's gring the world championship home once again this year Go Maria Anna Elena Sveta Nikolay Marat Igor Dmitry Mikhail and SHAMIL !!!!!!!!!!!

Are you imbecile or just pretending to be one? It's clear as water you're not Russian and have never been there.
Stadium at the Davis Cup 2006 final was half empty and so were the stands during Fed Cup 2004 final. As for TV ratings, that's just laughable. Sports TV ratings rarely exceed 3-5% mark. And none of Grand Slams or team tennis events like Davis/Fed Cup are broadcasted by national TV channels. The only exceptions were Roland Garros and Wimbledon 2004 finals.

Pushkin
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Cleary this guy lives on another planet. The Stadium was 100% full for Davis Cup final just watch the archives and the crowd was delirious when the Cup was won. ESPN isn't a national tv channel either. Sports are less and less on "National Channels" now. This guy must be from South-West Russia...Jaelous idiot. Tennis is now 2nd only to football in Russia so get use to it. GO RUSSIA WORLD CHAMPIONS MANY MORE TIMES.

Groenefelder25
Feb 6th, 2008, 05:29 PM
im not sure if maria would want to play against america :shrug:. I mean i know she's said certain things about wanting to play against them, but doing it is a different thing.

but im probablly wrong, we'll see.

Dave.
Feb 6th, 2008, 06:47 PM
USA

Serena
Venus
Lindsay / Lisa


Russia

Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Likhovtseva / Vesnina


For USA, if both Williams can play then they are the obvious singles choices. If only one of them can play, then Lindsay will play singles. If only one of Lindsay/Venus/Serena can play, then Harkleroad should be the 2nd singles player. Lindsay/Lisa or Williams/Williams are both great teams on clay, both have been to the French Open finals before.