Wednesday, April 15, 2009

U.S. Fed Cup team announced, Li Na speaks out against her country

The United States Fed Cup team will consist of 17 year old Melanie Oudin, 19 year old Alexa Glatch, WTA veteran Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber, who holds the top spot in the world in doubles. The U.S. coach, Mary Joe Fernandez, announced the team on Wednesday, as the 4 players prepare for the best of five match series, which begins on April 25th. The tie will take place on an indoor hardcourt at the Starabrno Rondo Arena in Brno, CzechAdd Image Republic. Glatch and Mattek-Sands will be making their Fed Cup debuts, while Oudin contributed hugely to the team's win 2 months ago against Argentina. Huber became a U.S. citizen in the summer of 2007, and has dreamed of competing for the U.S. Her wish will come true when she plays doubles with Mattek-Sands. The 2 youngsters, Glatch and Oudin will be the 2 singles players.

Li Na has released a statement towards Chinese National Sport Administrators encouraging her country to give it's children "more right to choose" their career path. The 31st ranked Na spoke to the China Daily on Wednesday before going to Germany to prepare for her country's Fed Cup tie. "If I had an opportunity to choose what I wanted to do in childhood, I wouldn't go for tennis. It is a sport that I was always pushed to do, first by my parents, then provincial and national sports administrators. "It is very important for us to have the right to choose," said Li. "I really mean it. Na along with Jie Zheng are China's top 2 players and both are against China's system.
*Thanks to the China Daily for the pic and quotes

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