Originally Posted by terjw
It's pretty impossible now after Petra's win. Serbia were always huge underdogs though. JJ is way past her best and a huge ask to beat Petra. The one thing JJ had is her huge patriosm and she has that attitude like the Europeans in the Ryder Cup when she plays Fed Cup. But problem now is - Petra has the weapons and is a much better player now and the Fed Cup means everything to her too. She always plays well in Fed Cup.
JJ and Ana both there in their heyday - it could have been different. But Serbia had to get up two groups to get into WG1 first. And then Serbia wasted another 2 years flip flopping down and up groups until they got into WG1 and sorry - but I blame Ana for not making herself available so many times and being so lukewarm about playing back then.
Now this year - Ana has given everything. She played her heart out today. If only a few years back she'd done that ...
I don't really understand why so many people thought that this would be a close contest really. Everything pointed towards the Czechs as the likely winners. They have home advantage, they have the (by far) better doubles team and they have the better singles player. The best bet for the Serbs would have been Ana winning the first rubber and this somehow putting so much pressure on a Kvitova who is under the weather that she would implode against Jelena as a result of which the Serbs would get a 2-0 lead. Not an entirely impossible scenario, but going into it the Serbs needed a lot to go their way to win it.