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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #1
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Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semifinals?

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.
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #2
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

I god damn hope the Sisters play. Please, please, please! rays:
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 04:06 AM   #3
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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.
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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #4
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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 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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If available, their best singles players would come from the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, and former world number one Lindsay Davenport.
"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 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 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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Old Feb 5th, 2008, 04:38 AM   #5
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

For USA:

Serena
Venus
Raymond
Davenport

Russia:

Kuznetsova
Dementieva
Chakvetadze
Petrova
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

Russia was talking so much smack this week in Israel, I hope we destroy them 5-0 .

Davenport
Venus
Raymond
Harkleroad
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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)
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

Americans
Williams the Elder
Davenport
Raymond
Harkleroad

Russians
Sharapova
Kuznetsova
Petrova
Dementieva
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

USA
Williams S.
Williams V.
Davenport L.
Raymond L.


Russia

Sharapova M.
Kuznetsova S.
Petrova N.
Henina J.
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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Russia

Sharapova M.
Kuznetsova S.
Petrova N.
Henina J.
Well if that's the case, I think we can do without Petrova.
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I would hope the same players who made themselves available for the QTRs.
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I would hope the same players who made themselves available for the QTRs.
Then you may as well give
Russia a BYE to the finals now.
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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...
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

Russians - Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Petrova & Safina

US - Serena, Venus, Lindsay, Lisa
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Re: Which players will take part in the US-Russia Fed Cup Semfinals?

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.
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