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Fed Cup Final: Fighting Words

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

With the draw for the Fed Cup final being held tomorrow, both teams held press conferences in Reggio Calabria.

team italy

Team Italy (captain Corrado Barrazzutti, Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta).

Italy has never beaten the U.S. in nine attempts, but captain Barrazzutti seems pretty confident:

“The players have the right spirit for this type of competition. When they play in Fed Cup, they give something more,” added Barazzutti. […] “When they play, they don’t play for themselves, they play for their country, for Italy. That makes the difference […]”

“The fact that the Williams sisters aren’t here won’t change anything. We will be concentrating on the players that are here, not the players that aren’t here,” said Barazzutti, insisting that Italy is ready for the job in hand.

pensive schiavs

vinci errani pennetta

flavs schiavs

Barrazzutti’s crack team.

team usa

Team USA (Liezel Huber, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Alexa Glatch, team captain Mary-Joe Fernandez)

Fernandez seemed cheerful enough, although she did take a moment to address the Williams question in a not-totally-USA-AOK kind of way:

Fernandez spoke of her “tough week” when she received two separate calls from world No. 1 Serena and No. 6 Venus Williams informing her of their decision not to travel to Italy and responded to questions about the impact of their absence on the result this weekend.

“It would have been a big bonus having them here. But having said that, this is the team I know the best and the team that got us here. You want your players to have the same amount of pride as everyone else but you can’t force it on anyone.”

Well …. OK. Anyway, obviously a lot of attention will be focussed on Melanie Oudin, who seems to have committed the unforgivable sin of not winning everything since the US Open.

“Everyone expects me to win everything now after I did good in one tournament. Everyone has ups and downs and I happened to be up at the US Open,” said the smiling Oudin. “I’m playing well again and I’m ready for the psych-up this weekend. We’ve gone through so much and we’ve fought so hard together as a team, so winning this final would mean a lot to me.”

melanie oudin

alexa glatch vania king

I’m genuinely excited about this one. I think we could get some unexpected drrrrama. Hope there’s a good crowd in.

One Response to “Fed Cup Final: Fighting Words”

  1. linz said

    Unfortunately there was absolutely no unexpected drama. No drama at all. Still, quite a feat for the U.S. to get there. I still have hope that Melanie and Alexa will continue to make strides in 2010. And Vania King will continue to look adorable.

    Congrats to team Italia!!

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