I confess, I’m guilty of forgetting about Fed Cup. Or at least not caring enough to remember. This is shameful behavior from a tennis blogger and I won’t even try to offer a good excuse. I just like Davis Cup better – maybe it’s because there’s more potential for macho posturing a la Hewitt vs. Argentina. Or because I like cute guys in matching warm ups. Like I said, I don’t have a good excuse!
All this is a way of offering a belated congratulations to the Russian Fed Cup team, who has now won its fourth title in five years. It’s worth noting that Russia swept Spain without the help of 2 of its three Beijing Olympic medalists – Svetlana Kuznetsova and bronze medalist Vera Zvonareva led the team while Safina and Dementieva relaxed after their impressive U.S. Open efforts.
Perhaps the resurgent Williams sisters, a strong French team of Cornet, Mauresmo and doubles diva Nathalie Dechy, and No.1 ranked Serbs Ivanovic and Jankovic will all compete next time around and give the Russia team a run for its money. And I’ll remember to watch.