Ouch: USA boots Russia out of Fed Cup

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, jubilant in victory

Russia fielded a far stronger singles team against the United States in the semi-final match of the Fed Cup championships which was contested in Birmingham, Alabama last weekend. 

The US did not send one player ranked in the world’s top 30 in singles, while Russia sent world #7 Elena Dementieva.   The US sent only one player ranked in the top 100 in the world in singles, while all three of Russia’s players were ranked in the world’s top 80. 

The outcome, therefore, was a foregone conclusion.   

That’s right, the USA whipped Russia’s butt. 

Dementieva won both of her matches against the inferior American competition, though she barely squeaked past the top American Melanie Oudin in their match, edging a first-set tiebreaker and then dropping every single game in the second set before recovering to eke out a win in the closely contested third. 

And those were the only two victories the Russians could manage.  Both of other two their players went down to humiliating defeat against the Americans, and then in the decisive doubles contest the Russian team of Dementieva and Kudryaseva were blown off the court in easy straight sets by the Americans, who proved to have an ace in the hole, fielding just two singles players to Russia’s three but adding Liezel Huber, the #1 doubles player in the world, to beef up their tandem. 

But the American strategy meant that all Russia needed to do, assuming Dementieva could win both her matches against second-string rivals, was to win a match pitting the Russian world #62 against the American world #129, and the doubles contest would have been moot.  Yet Russia could not pull it off, and the infinitely higher-ranked Russian went down in three sets, setting up the Americans for their devastating doubles beat-down, in which the Russian side took just four of sixteen games played. 

Just imagine what would have happened to the Russians if America’s first string, Venus and Serena Williams, either of whom hold more grand slam titles than all Russian women in tennis history combined, had been in the mix.  It would have been wholesale slaughter. 

Ouch.

One response to “Ouch: USA boots Russia out of Fed Cup

  1. Francis Smyth-Beresford

    Margaret Court and Steffi Graf have each won more singles Grand Slam titles than both Williams sisters combined. Therefore, Americans are vastly inferior to Australians and Germans.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Sir, you are an idiot who is close to being banned from commenting on this blog.

    Neither Graf nor Court won more grand slam titles THAN ALL AMERICANS IN TENNIS HISTORY COMBINED. That was the point we made about Russians compared to the American Williams sisters, and your deranged response merely proves how accurate it was.

    There’s no doubt that if the Williams sisters were playing at the same time as Graf, they’d pale by comparison, to the same extent by which Russians now pale in comparison to the mighty Americans.

    Comment once more in bad faith and you’re out. Simple as that.

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