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Fed Cup Sunday: Serbi-“I Can’t”

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

Serbia 2 – Russia 3

In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings …

JJ gets a lot of shit (and most of the time I can see why), but you have to stand up and salute her work this weekend. After a back injury put her participation in doubt, she ended up earning Serbia their only points, backing up her com-from-behind win over Alisa Kleybanova by edging Svetlana Kuznetsova, 63 46 63. And frankly, it feels like ages since JJ’s won two matches in two days (or since I’ve been able to watch her do it), so yeah, I’m going to luxuriate in that.

That smile. I love my JJ.

Unfortunately and yet unsurprisingly, Ana Ivanovic once again struggled to find any form. She never really looked like winning her singles rubber, called for a trainer to look at her shoulder during the doubles match, and was soundly defeated by Kleybanova, 62 63. I so don’t have the energy or inclination for another round of ‘what’s wrong with Ana?’. She’ll sort herself out eventually.

Thus we got what many of us were hoping for: a live doubles rubber for the tie. While the tennis wasn’t gripping – Kuznetsova and Kleybanova are a class above the ‘vic-es as a doubles team – it was entertaining stuff and quite heartwarming to watch Ana and JJ smiling gamely throughout.

So ends Serbia’s first foray into the World Group, and the somewhat unstoppable behemoth that is Russia’s Fed Cup team rolls raggedly on.

One Response to “Fed Cup Sunday: Serbi-“I Can’t””

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    I actually really like JJ’s dress except for the crenellations on the hem.

    “She’ll sort herself out eventually.”
    Will she really? I used to believe she would but I don’t know Her implosion has been so epic it’s beginning to seem irreversible. I really hope she does get to the top again, I like her.

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