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United States Line-Up:

Rubber 1: Lindsay Davenport
Rubber 2: Serena Williams
Rubber 3: Ashley Harkleroad
Rubber 4: Venus Williams
Rubber 5: Serena Williams/Venus Williams

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Masha first match.

she will disappoint



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maria, ajla is playing first match, no klina

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Aleksandra Krunic | Anett Kontaveit | Beatriz Haddad Maia | Ivana Jorovic | Kaia Kanepi | Garbine Muguruza | Sorana Cirstea | Sabine Lisicki | Jelena Ostapenko | Caroline Wozniacki | Venus Williams | Belinda Bencic

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Croatia welcome Russians in beautiful Umag!


Tennis complex in Umag

Semifinal match in the EWTA Fed Cup between Croatia and Russia will be played in beautiful Umag. It's the place which is known because of every year one of the best organisations in the men's tournament. Every year there is more things than only tennis. Russians are the huge favorites against Croats. They have 5 players for this match and Croatia only 2. And these 5 players are better ranked than two Croatians players. Russia has 3 girls in the top 10 from which 2 are in the top 5 and Croatia hasn't girl in the top 40. It was a suprise when Croatia won quaterfinal match against Australia in Sidney but here, everything which not is Russia's easy win would be a big, big suprise. Russians girls today came to Croatia and they were welcomed in the city. Tomorrow they will start with the first trainigs meanwhile Klina and Ajla are already training two days and they are feelig good.


Tennis stadium where will be played matches in the next days

"We are feeling really good, atmosphere is great and we know we don't have any pressure of winning this match. I'm also very happy because first time I will play in front of my home crowd. We just can enjoy in the playing and that's all. I know the most of the Russian girls and they are all great persons. I'm a little sad because Vera didn't come but there are Anna and Makiri who are one of my best friends on the tour. But I have to put friendship beyond me on the court and play the best I can." said Croatian captian Karolina Sprem.

One of the biggest talents in EWTA, Ajla Tomljanovic also speak to reporter.

"I'm so happy I'm the part of Croatia national team, you know, all those things are new for me and I'm still unexpirienced. Klina is a big support to me. I've played my first match ever in the Fed Cup and this experience will help me a lot. I just hope there will be a lot of home crowd to support us and maybe we can make a supirse. Who knows?"


Maria Kirilenko in a corvesation with a coach in the free time

Russia last year was in the final of this competiton and lost to USA 3-2. This is the first preformance for Croatia.
In the first round, both teams won as the guests. Croatia in Sidney, against Australia and Russia in Brno, against Czechoslovakia.

For the end Klina said well known phrase: "It's always everything possible in the Fed Cup. We don't have any pressure because we know we are not favorites but we won't give up. Ajla and me will try to do everything to win but we know that they will do the same. Anyway, I'm happy I will play with Ajla and in front of my crowd for the first time."

Schedule of the play:

Rubber 1 (Day 1):

Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Maria Sharapova

Rubber 2 (Day 1):

Karolina Sprem vs. Dinara Safina

Rubber 3 (Day 2):

Karolina Sprem vs. Maria Kirilenko

Rubber 4 (Day 2):

Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Anna Kournikova

Rubber 5 (Day 3):


Karolina Sprem/Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Anna Chakvetadze/Dinara Safina

Good luck to everyone!

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Karolina Sprem | Ana Ivanovic | Nicole Vaidisova

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finally i finished this article

Ana Konjuh | Donna Vekic | Mirjana Lucic-Baroni | Petra Martic | Jana Fett | Tena Lukas | Tereza Mrdeza
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You picked Clay?

Surely Grass would be better for Sprem & Ajla's games?



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they have never played at grass ( in ewta of course , and ajla probably never in carrer)
and we are in the midlle of the clay season so it's better to not change surface.
but what makiri was doing in umag last year?

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and the most important thing, i think there is no grass court in croatia (or only one, but it's not staidum )

Ana Konjuh | Donna Vekic | Mirjana Lucic-Baroni | Petra Martic | Jana Fett | Tena Lukas | Tereza Mrdeza
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Safina explains Russia's Fed Cup Line-up!

1st Rubber: The Super Star!

Sharapova was the obvious choice for the 1st rubber. Maybe it is more common that the top player plays the later matches to close the tie out. But we wanted to hit the Croatians hard right from the start as if they win the 1st match the crowd will be behind them even more and they will be much harder to beat. Maria's best surface is not clay so this might be a tough match for her, but I am confident that her huge serve and forehand can get her through this match!

2nd Rubber: The Big Gun!

This could an essential rubber. If Russia's 2 big stars can finish day 1 with a 2-0 headstart them it will be hard for Croatia too pull back even with the support of the crowd. Sprem is definately a big threat through, it's surprising she chose to play Dinara on the Russian's best surface though. Dinara is so inconsistent Sprem could be in with a chance to pull off the win of her carreer in front of a home crowd.

3rd Rubber: Miss Consistent!

This is definately a very tough Rubber as it could potentially seal the win for Russia, or if worst comes to worst keep them in the tie so we needed someone you can rely on. Maria's consistency this season has seen her finally reach the top 10 this season so I know she will handle the pressure well. I trust her more than any other Russian to get the win when it gets tough. Don't let me down Maria!

4th Rubber: The Potential!

Anna has so much talent to really do well in this game, but so far it just hasn't happened. But I was determined to give her the opportunity to play for her country in the hope that it will bring her best tennis out of her. She can beat anyone on her day, hopefully she will shine! The tie might be over by this points but I doubt it. I expected Vera to play in this rubber but Anna will do just fine!

Doubles: The Dream Team!

Both Dinara and Anna are great doubles players but they have never played as a team. Dinara has won 3/4 doubles slams and Anna is one of the most dangerous players at the net on tour. If they click they could be a really deadly team. However they are not as close friends as Ajla and Karolina and do not know eachothers games well. This will be a true test of their doubles skill. The doubles rubber is always a great match!



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United States Fed Cup Announcement

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Indian Wells, California!



After much anticipation, the venue has been set for the Fed Cup semi-final between France and the defending champions, the United States. Newly elected team captain, world's number 10, Venus Williams will lead the U.S team who will be taking it back to the desert on the outdoor hardcourts of Indian Wells, California. And of course, the younger sister of Venus, Serena Williams who was the Indian Wells champion this year is on the team. World number one, Ashley Harkleroad has also been named to the team as well as a suprise pick to some, Fed Cup veteran, Lindsay Davenport who made her return to the tour last week in Charleston after recovering from a baby.

The line up was released yesterday by Team Coach, Mary Joe Fernandez and Team Captain, Venus Williams.

Rubber 1: L. DAVENPORT (USA) vs. A. CORNET (FRA)
Rubber 2: S. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. T. GOLOVIN (FRA)
Rubber 3: A. HARKLEROAD (USA) vs. A. CORNET (FRA)
Rubber 4: V. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. T. GOLOVIN (FRA)
Rubber 5: S. WILLIAMS/V. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. A. CORNET/T. GOLOVIN (FRA)

"I feel like the choices for the team are all great." Venus said in interview when she and team coach, Mary Joe Fernandez revealed the Fed Cup tie location. "Of course Serena had to be on the team since she is the current champion in Indian Wells and Ashley is the world's number one. So I felt like they are the kind of strong players that the team needs."

There was a bit of a media tumble when the team was originally announced when the fourth member of the team, Lindsay Davenport was named instead of world number 7, Melanie Oudin. Oudin is the winner of a clay court singles title this season. Davenport however is no underdog, using her protected ranking, Lindsay is currently ranked 12th in the world and winner of 2 career singles titles last season and is a veteran player of Fed Cup.

"I stand by my choice of Lindsay over the rest of the girls. There we're so many great players that wanted to play but we only can have so many on a team. I don't doubt that anyone of them would have made the team proud but I felt that Lindsay is making a return to the tour and better way for her to come back then to get a win for her country in Fed Cup."

Venus continued "And of course Serena was going to be chosen since she is the Indian Wells champion and Ashley is the world's number one. I put the girls that I thought we're going to give us the best chance to win and I think we have a solid team. It's not the quarterfinals so Ashley cant fuck it up."

All of the players know how important this Fed Cup tie is for the undefeated country.

"It's very important that we all play our best. Linds and I have are up on day one so I feel like we have a duty to try and get us a lead and at worst just make sure we're tied." Indian Wells champion Serena Williams said in the press conference. "I mean Linds is back from having her kid. Hopefully she'll be able to keep her legs closed long enough to win her match. But if she can get it done the other way, whatever as long as she wins. I'm not to worried about myself. I'm the queen of Indian Wells."

"Well it's very exciting for me to be playing the opening rubber and hopefully I'll get a win. I played a little shaky last week in Charleston but I got a couple matches in and I feel like I'm ready to jump back in where I left off. Beating bitches down. And tell Serena that I'll keep my legs closed when she puts the big mac down." Lindsay said at the press conference.

"I'm so excited." World number one Ashley Harkleroad exclaimed. "Like oh my gah! Like men in Indian Wells love me. Like it's good that I showed my pu$%* in playboy because like now like people know who I am. Even though it's mostly fat old truckers with beer guts as big as Linds' stomach when she's knocked up, attention is still attention and I desperately crave it."

Without a doubt it the all eyes are on two teams in this week in Fed Cup and the United States and Russia, last seasons finalists. But the United States will have it's hands full when they take on Team France's Tatiana Golovin and Alize Cornet. It was odd that Frenchwomen, Amelie Mauresmo and Marion Bartoli.

"It eez so wrong!" Mauresmo said in tears. "Zey leev out ze lezbian and ze fat gurl!"

"It eez so true!" Bartoli sobbed stuffing a piece of chocolate cake in her mouth.

Fed Cup Predictions



Rubber 1: L. DAVENPORT (USA) vs. A. CORNET (FRA)

Lindsay is making her return and what a great match to make a comeback to the tour with! She will start the United States bid to defend their Fed Cup title. Alize Cornet will be a tough match for her but with Lindsay's hard hitting style we're thinking the American could have what it takes to pull out the win.

Prediction: L. DAVENPORT in 3 sets.



Rubber 2: S. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. T. GOLOVIN (FRA)

Serena has been dealing with an injury as of late but don't count the queen of the desert out just yet, we think that Serena will turn up the heat and bring everything she's got to get a win against Tatiana. Golovin is a tough player because she can get herself back into sets and the longer the match goes, the more we'll see just how fit Serena is.

Prediction: S. WILLIAMS in 3 sets.



Rubber 3: A. HARKLEROAD (USA) vs. A. CORNET (FRA)

Ashley Harkleroad is in the semi-finals, let's give her a hand ladies and gents! The world number one hasn't had that much of a stellar season but she knows how to pull out some big wins. Ashley has a chance to be the closer and she will definitely fight tooth and nail so she can be in the spotlight for getting the win. Alize is a good player but we're thinking Ashley's ego will be too much for her.

Prediction: A. HARKLEROAD in 2 sets.



Rubber 4: V. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. T. GOLOVIN (FRA)

Venus Williams has never beaten Tatiana Golovin in their 2 previous meetings but the United States team captain is optimistic about her chances to gut out a win on her home soil. Tatiana will definitely put up a fight but Venus and the crowd will seal the fate of Golowhore.

Prediction: V. WILLIAMS in 3 sets.




Rubber 5: S. WILLIAMS/V. WILLIAMS (USA) vs. A. CORNET/T. GOLOVIN (FRA)

Prediction: A. CORNET/T. GOLOVIN def. S. WILLIAMS/V. WILLIAMS W/O

The Williams sisters will most likely take pity of the French fries and let them walk away with a win in doubles. However in the event that Serena eats too many big macs and Ashley finds another seemingly impossible way to choke, the sisters will gear up and whoop some ass.

Fed Cup action kicks off today with Davenrport vs. Cornet. Serena vs. Golovin! Who will win? There's only one way to find out!

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Kournikova's first Fed Cup.

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all that rush in picking venues and teams for nothing.

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results now?

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Aleksandra Krunic | Anett Kontaveit | Beatriz Haddad Maia | Ivana Jorovic | Kaia Kanepi | Garbine Muguruza | Sorana Cirstea | Sabine Lisicki | Jelena Ostapenko | Caroline Wozniacki | Venus Williams | Belinda Bencic

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