The final Fed Cup nominations have come in and boy, that Russian Fed Cup team is looking might weak, no?
SPAIN v RUSSIA
Venue: Club de Campo - Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (clay - outdoors)
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Carla Suarez Navarro
Nuria Llagostera Vives
So Tarpishev is relying on a slumping Sveta and an injured Bepa to beat the wily Spaniards on Spanish clay. Clearly Tarpy would have nominated Masha, Dinara, and Lena D., but obviously Masha is off the table and from what Dinara's saying, she wants nothing to do with Fed Cup right now. Too tired and she didn't have that great of a showing in Israel. As for Lena, I guess they want her focusing on the Open right now? Seems really weird to me.
It's a darn shame. Especially compared to the team Russia fielded at the start of the year: Masha, Dinara, A Chak, Vesnina.
I don't know. I smell a Spanish upset. Sveta will have to sweep her ties, Bepa will have to win at least one, and Vesnina/Makarova will have to win their doubles match (unless Bepa pulls of the remarkable and wins both her matches).
The Fed Cup Final will be played September 13-14. Further complicating matters is the fact that the Pan Pacific Open starts September 16 in Tokyo.