The United States and Russia will face each other in the Fed Cup semifinals during the weekend. The US team is significantly weakened with no Serena and Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport to give their share. Vania King, ranked 115th, is the top player on the US team. Russia, on the other hand, has three Top 20 players on their team. Plus, the tie is played in Moscow’s Luzhniki indoor arena and the Russians are undefeated at home since 2003.
Here is the draw for Russia v USA:
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v Vania King (USA)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Ahsha Rolle (USA)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Vania King (USA)
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) v Ahsha Rolle (USA)
Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Liezel Huber/Vania King (USA)
The winner of this weekend's tie will play either Spain or China in the final in September.
Here you can see the rest of the 2008 Fed Cup semifinal and play-off draws. (photo via Down the Line)