Fed Cup is this weekend, and in case you missed it, quite a few folks are in action.
The tie of the weekend is newly promoted Australia vs. defending champs, Italy in Hobart. And yes, I'll be going. Behind Flavia and Fran you have to give the Italians an advantage in experience, not to mention the fact that Sam's 0-3 against Flavia (look it up, Flavia's destroyed her every time). But Sam's undefeated in Fed Cup since 2007 (don't think that streak will continue) and Jarka's been playing *really* well.
How great would it be if it came down to doubles and Stubbsy helped get the win? SO GREAT.
Other notables: Masha and Sveta are in action for Russia against an Aravane-less France. Dinara's there too, but methinks she'll just be shagging balls and bringing Masha water.
Kim & Co take on a Williamsless American Team (redundant) in Belgium.
The only way this ends well for MJ is if Bethanie's tights cause temporary blindness among Team Belgium.
(Pics: AP, Tennis Australia Facebook Page)