Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman, Maria Sharapova, has expressed her frustration over the timings of the Fed Cup matches.
According to Sharapova, the Fed Cup matches should not take place straight after the completion of the Slams because that makes it very tough for the players.
Sharapova was actually a part of the Russian squad that had featured in the tie versus Poland earlier this year, but, she then withdrew herself from the next tie because of injury issues.
According to the rules of the World Tennis Association, the female players need to play in the Fed Cup thrice or more if they have to fulfil the criteria for the Olympics qualification.
Speaking about the scheduling of the Fed Cup games in an interview, Sharapova said, “The people who are preparing the schedule must take into account the physical efforts that the players have to put in to reach the back end of the Slams. For them to come out of that and go straight in the Fed Cup, it’s really tough.”
“It’s a great competition and I love taking part in it, but, the scheduling makes it a hassle.”
“If it had been a little better scheduled and maybe there’s a year gap in between, it would have proved to be quite a successful.”
Sharapova has to play against the Australian player Samantha Stosur at Roland Garros tomorrow. Read more »