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Jul 12th, 2013 01:34 PM
stromatolite
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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But Rodi still is a bit stroppy since her dumping last year, so she may switch her allegences back to Russia. We need Stubbsy there to sort her out if this happens.

Anyway, Todd Woodbridge answered my email. He said the tie would be held at Rod Laver. Apparently Ash Barty will make the final against Serena Williams in the Aus Open in January and no doubt every possible seat will be filled for the tie the week after.
^Good to hear that that's sorted. Was a bit worried for a while, but clearly they have it in the bag now.

Might be good to have Rodi on hand anyway just in case, so Stubbsy will definitely need to be on call, preferably with a nice bottle of chardonnay on ice. And oh yeah, we're definitely going to need Sharapova to play. If anything will stop Rodi shifting her allegiances to Russia that will
Jul 12th, 2013 01:22 PM
louloubelle
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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Just arrange a hotel room for them with a balcony overlooking the court and close enough for their hysterical laughter to be clearly audible, make sure they have their mobile phones with them for tweeting, and keep them well plied with alcohol. Should be enough
But Rodi still is a bit stroppy since her dumping last year, so she may switch her allegences back to Russia. We need Stubbsy there to sort her out if this happens.

Anyway, Todd Woodbridge answered my email. He said the tie would be held at Rod Laver. Apparently Ash Barty will make the final against Serena Williams in the Aus Open in January and no doubt every possible seat will be filled for the tie the week after.
Jul 12th, 2013 09:25 AM
petey_pan ^ Can actually picture this


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Jul 12th, 2013 09:10 AM
stromatolite
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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Get the Rodionovas to sit on the sidelines and mutter curse words at them in Russian?
Just arrange a hotel room for them with a balcony overlooking the court and close enough for their hysterical laughter to be clearly audible, make sure they have their mobile phones with them for tweeting, and keep them well plied with alcohol. Should be enough
Jul 12th, 2013 08:49 AM
SilverPersian
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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Russia definitely isn't the force it was 2 to 5 years ago but they still have so much depth with in the top 100.
Just throwing it out there - the venue at Cairns is a possibility... I saw the Davis Cup tie vs Belgium and the heat was brutal. What other potential advantages can we think of?
Get the Rodionovas to sit on the sidelines and mutter curse words at them in Russian?
Jul 12th, 2013 08:20 AM
Daniel.
Re: Fed Cup 2013

Russia definitely isn't the force it was 2 to 5 years ago but they still have so much depth with in the top 100.
Just throwing it out there - the venue at Cairns is a possibility... I saw the Davis Cup tie vs Belgium and the heat was brutal. What other potential advantages can we think of?
Jul 11th, 2013 01:37 PM
petey_pan
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Actually it might improve our chances. I can't imagine the two Masha's coping with antbed courts in some of the far-flung places we have the 25K's at. Imagine what the harsh wind would do to their hair. Petrova would go into melt down when she accidently swallows a fly. Kuzzy would probably tank anyway, considering her and Alicia are mates.

Along with the heat, bare courts, and a few crappy line calls thrown in.......we are in with a big chance... I'm gonna email Todd Woodbridge now!
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Jul 11th, 2013 01:35 PM
stromatolite
Re: Fed Cup 2013

^
Jul 11th, 2013 01:00 PM
louloubelle
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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Just put them on some antbed courts in Condobolin so we don't have to see them crash and burn.
Actually it might improve our chances. I can't imagine the two Masha's coping with antbed courts in some of the far-flung places we have the 25K's at. Imagine what the harsh wind would do to their hair. Petrova would go into melt down when she accidently swallows a fly. Kuzzy would probably tank anyway, considering her and Alicia are mates.

Along with the heat, bare courts, and a few crappy line calls thrown in.......we are in with a big chance... I'm gonna email Todd Woodbridge now!
Jul 11th, 2013 08:46 AM
Kəv.
Re: Fed Cup 2013

Hopefully the tie is in Melbourne!
Jul 11th, 2013 08:40 AM
Territory
Re: Fed Cup 2013

Just put them on some antbed courts in Condobolin so we don't have to see them crash and burn.
Jul 11th, 2013 08:39 AM
stromatolite
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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Rebound ace! Start melting down those old car tyres again.

Agree they have to be strategic about the surface and venue. Somewhere hot as well, might assist with Sam and her supreme fitness. But nothing screams as obvious....

The 2nd singles player is a real problem and they may just look to the future by blooding Ash again.
Love it!

Yeah, they have nothing to lose by giving Ash a shot at it, and no real alternative. She stuck with Kiri really well at the FO up till darkness intervened at 3-3, played some really beautiful tennis. The rest of the match the next day was shifted to a non-streamed court, which was probably just as well because she got her arse well and truly kicked.

But the point is, she showed she does have the game to trouble top players, she just has trouble maintaining a good level for a full match. The team environment and having Alicia and Nicole to pump her up and give her advice at the change of ends could help that.
Jul 11th, 2013 08:30 AM
louloubelle
Re: Fed Cup 2013

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I think they need to think hard about the venue and surface for this one. I wouldn't necessarily go for clay (are there even any decent clay courts in Australia anyway?), but definitely something slowish and high-bouncing, to give Sam the best possible chance of winning her two matches.
Rebound ace! Start melting down those old car tyres again.

Agree they have to be strategic about the surface and venue. Somewhere hot as well, might assist with Sam and her supreme fitness. But nothing screams as obvious....

The 2nd singles player is a real problem and they may just look to the future by blooding Ash again.
Jul 11th, 2013 08:20 AM
stromatolite
Re: Fed Cup 2013

I think they need to think hard about the venue and surface for this one. I wouldn't necessarily go for clay (are there even any decent clay courts in Australia anyway?), but definitely something slowish and high-bouncing, to give Sam the best possible chance of winning her two matches.

If she can do that we might have a chance, but if not I think the chances are very slim indeed, unless Ash shows some remarkable improvement in singles over the next six months. No way can they expect Jarka to bounce back so soon after her illness and save their arses against opposition of this quality.
Jul 11th, 2013 08:11 AM
louloubelle
Re: Fed Cup 2013

^ Agree, unless something extraordinary happens between now and Feb, we are on the back foot with this one and I expect we'll be led with Sam and Ash not Jarka and Sam.

With Russia its hard to predict who will represent the team from tie to tie. They have an embarrassment of riches and ex-top 10 players like Petrova, Kuznetsova, Zvonareva (inj) could turn up in February and give us all sorts of trouble.

Anyone remember the last time we played Russia in Australia (Kings Park... I think??) That loss is emblazended on my memory for ever. McQuillan losing to a 16 y/o 400th ranked junior, 12-10 in the third. Kerry Anne Guse leading 3-0 in the final set of her singles and losing, and McQuillan backing up her 1st day loss, by leading 5-0 in the first set and losing in straight! I expect this tie won't be as dramatic as that one.
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