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Old Jan 31st, 2013, 02:21 AM   #16
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Re: 2013 Fed Cup News & Pics - USA Names Team That Have Never Contested Singles Rubbe

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Madison may be an ALT...
I'm sure she'll be there as a practice partner, and besides, the rosters aren't locked until one hour before the draw, so if someone gets hurt before then, or even if Madison Keys outplays someone in practice, Mary Joe Fernandez can make a change.
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Old Jan 31st, 2013, 02:55 AM   #17
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Re: 2013 Fed Cup News & Pics - USA Names Team That Have Never Contested Singles Rubbe

What else you gonna do for the US?

Venus just doesn't have the fitness to be relied on with her illness. Oudin and Glatch are blowing right now. King is not performing all that great either.

The tricky call is Lepchenko over Keys or McHale, but I can only assume MJF likes her for doubles over the other two. Keys is strong, but is also inconsistent. McHale has some experience, but her upside still isn't anywhere as up as the selected women.
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Re: 2013 Fed Cup News & Pics - USA Names Team That Have Never Contested Singles Rubbe

You have to remember that the players have to make themselves available to play. So it may be the case that McHale opted against playing as others including Raymond may have done as well. MJF has to build the best team from the players that make themselves available.
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ugh to most of those nominations
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Re: 2013 Fed Cup News & Pics - USA Names Team That Have Never Contested Singles Rubbe

On clay, in Italy, raucous home crowd, experienced Italian doubles duo, both top 20 in singles ...Italy 3-0 or Italy 4-1
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I'm really worried for Russian mugteam ))) Kirilenko, Pavluchekova, Makarova are more than enough to go through, but the way they can play in Fedcup .....any of them can flop vs Date-Krumm
At least they avoided to chose Petrova....
And I don't see Morita doing any assistant job so Russia likely to win 4-1 unless KDK's on fire!!
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Re: 2013 Fed Cup News & Pics - USA Names Team That Have Never Contested Singles Rubbe

Mary Joe has made some curious selections. Varvara over Christina or Madison? No Lisa Raymond for doubles? Matchups should go like this:

Singles Day 1
Vinci-ITA vs Stephens-USA Win for us.
Errani-ITA vs Lepchenko-USA No comment.

Doubles
Errani/Vinci-ITA vs Hampton/Huber-USA Italy wins. Just a guess on our team. We know Liezel will be in there.

Singles Day 2
Errani-ITA vs Stephens-USA Stephens eeks out a close one.
Vinci-ITA vs Hampton-USA Have no idea. Slight edge to Italy, I guess.

Unlike the Davis Cup, where Courier knows he has a point locked up before the tie begins because of the Bryans, Mary Joe has no assurances and therefore cannot play around with the rest of the matches like he can. If Venus and Serena backed out, that's unfortunate, but nothing you can do. However, I feel she's made some rather curious choices here.
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Mary Joe has made some curious selections. Varvara over Christina or Madison? No Lisa Raymond for doubles? Matchups should go like this:

Singles Day 1
Vinci-ITA vs Stephens-USA Win for us.
Errani-ITA vs Lepchenko-USA No comment.

Doubles
Errani/Vinci-ITA vs Hampton/Huber-USA Italy wins. Just a guess on our team. We know Liezel will be in there.

Singles Day 2
Errani-ITA vs Stephens-USA Stephens eeks out a close one.
Vinci-ITA vs Hampton-USA Have no idea. Slight edge to Italy, I guess.

Unlike the Davis Cup, where Courier knows he has a point locked up before the tie begins because of the Bryans, Mary Joe has no assurances and therefore cannot play around with the rest of the matches like he can. If Venus and Serena backed out, that's unfortunate, but nothing you can do. However, I feel she's made some rather curious choices here.
Christina hasn't won a match since Montreal. Vavara had decent clay results last season and reached RG 4R. Keys hasn't shown a thing on clay as of yet.

Raymond (with Kirilenko) barely made it past the 1R of AO before losing to Barty/Dellacqua, and fielding a 4-person team with two doubles players would be a poor decision. God forbid someone gets injured.


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Old Jan 31st, 2013, 03:30 PM   #24
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Christina hasn't won a match since Montreal. Vavara had decent clay results last season and reached RG 4R. Keys hasn't shown a thing on clay as of yet.

Raymond (with Kirilenko) barely made it past the 1R of AO before losing to Barty/Dellacqua, and fielding a 4-person team with two doubles players would be a poor decision. God forbid someone gets injured.


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Imo, with the team selections Mary Joe made, the tie comes down to Sloane's first match. If she can beat Vinci, we have a chance. If she doesn't, this could be over very quickly. Errani will crush whoever we put out there and, tbh, I wouldn't at all be surprised if Italy put out Burnett or Knapp in the 2nd singles rubber if Vinci beats Sloane. What would they have to lose? As someone said, they're both probably dead tired, so Errani could use the rest. Conversely, if Sloane can beat Vinci, I could see Mary Joe sending Jamie out there just for experience. I guess it's just a singles heavy team for me. As for previous results this year, this is another matter. Andy played poorly at times, but when we needed him, he always stepped up in Davis Cup, so it, imo, doesn't always translate.

EDIT: Did Isner do much on clay? Beat Roger and the French last year.
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Christina hasn't won a match since Montreal.
She beat Parmentier this week in Paris.
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Imo, with the team selections Mary Joe made, the tie comes down to Sloane's first match. If she can beat Vinci, we have a chance. If she doesn't, this could be over very quickly. Errani will crush whoever we put out there and, tbh, I wouldn't at all be surprised if Italy put out Burnett or Knapp in the 2nd singles rubber if Vinci beats Sloane. What would they have to lose? As someone said, they're both probably dead tired, so Errani could use the rest. Conversely, if Sloane can beat Vinci, I could see Mary Joe sending Jamie out there just for experience. I guess it's just a singles heavy team for me. As for previous results this year, this is another matter. Andy played poorly at times, but when we needed him, he always stepped up in Davis Cup, so it, imo, doesn't always translate.

EDIT: Did Isner do much on clay? Beat Roger and the French last year.
Andy & Isner's successes bears no relevance to McHale. They are steps ahead, with more experience, better results and successes and were the top ranked Americans at the time of selection. McHale is none of these things, and with some recent history of cracking under pressure I don't see an argument for her selection over Lepchenko, despite her first win of the season this week.


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US has their work cut out for them without even one WS.
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Sloane is on her favorite surface, clay, so she will probably beat Vinci, I will even go as far and say she'll beat Errani too.
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Wow, Croatia captain Iva Majoli... Awesome!
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