Sunday, January 2, 2011
We're just gonna pretend 2011 hasn't happened and blast through the rest of this retrospective!
Granted, they didn't win the whole shebang, but what the U.S. Fed Cup team accomplished in 2010 was pretty remarkable.
The squad, captained by Mary Joe Fernandez, made it to the finals of the event for the second year in a row, falling to Italy. What's impressive is that they pulled it off without the Williams sisters. If you were almost any country and you were facing a team comprised of Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber, I'd say you would have to like your chances.
However, that line of thinking will get you in big trouble because those women rise to the occasion and will battle any and all comers: away, at home, it doesn't matter as seen by some of the wins they've pulled off. There's no way they should have been able to beat Russia this year--even with that team being injury-plagued--but the U.S. still pulled it out.
Now in the finals against Italy, Fernandez made a questionable move by going with CoCo Vandeweghe, a rookie, over Oudin. But everyone involved with that will only learn from it and be more dangerous in the future.
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