Thursday, April 15, 2010

Russia names Fed Cup team for Birmingham semifinal

In addition to the already-confirmed Elena Dementieva, the Russian Fed Cup that will play the USA in Birmingham later this month will consist of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ekaterina Makarova and Alla Kudryattseva.

The USA team consists of Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber, plus another player who has not yet been named by captain Mary Joe Fernandez.

Russian captain Shamil Tarpishev is still trying to get a visa so he can travel with his team to Birmingham. Just as it did in 2007, the American Embassy in Moscow is delaying the granting of Tarpishev's visa--don't ask me why.

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