I have read the transcript of the wash up regarding the Fed cup loss by Australia to Germany earlier this year in Stuttgart and I cannot agree with team captain Alicia Molik. She believes she has the team to push any other Country in next year's event, I reckon that's garbage.
Jarmila Gajdosova's heroics in beating German Number 1 Angelique Kerber were unfortunately to no avail as Sammy managed to find a way to lose yet again after holding a match point. The win by Petkovic over Stosur was yet another example as to why the Aussie needs a head doctor as opposed to another tennis coach which she seems to change regularly.
The biggest reason why Australia will not win next year or in the next 5 years for that matter is the fact that their brilliant doubles combination of Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty is no longer existent. Anyone who knows a thing or two about tennis will realize that the doubles is pivotal in both the Davis Cup and Federation Cup and it is almost impossible to win without that doubles victory. It's been done but usually a team has to win in the fifth and deciding match if they lose the doubles.
Speaking of Barty, where is she ? How does Australia's best talent in years suddenly go missing after reaching 3 of 4 Grand Slam Doubles finals in 2013 ? I believe that she is only 19 ? Giving the John Newcombe Medal to Lleyton Hewitt that year for doing absolutely nothing may have dented her faith in Tennis Australia. Barty has either been badly managed by TA or someone has done the wrong thing by her as she had it all, talent and brains, something Stosur lacks.
So as far as Alicia Molik's statement is concerned regarding her team's chances of winning the Cup in the near future I would say she has two chances, none and bugger all.
Get Barty back and fix Sammy's head issues and you may own the slimmest of chances but until that happens I suggest Molik looks at simply being competitive next year, nothing more, nothing less. Big statements are usually met with a disappointing result as it puts a lot of pressure on players , Molik of all people should be aware of that.
Sometimes I wonder if people say certain things just to keep their jobs alive and well without actually thinking of the consequences of their statements.
It happens all the time in Business and Sport and usually is said by people who you would expect better from. Molik's statement that they are a team to be reckoned with took a further pounding this month as they lost 4-1 to the Netherlands in the World Group play off tie.
So how's Molik's statement looking now ? Fair dinkum I have heard some really dumb things in my time but this would have to be right up there. The injury to Stosur cannot be considered an excuse because she is never a 'sure bet' when she turns up. In fact the public and the opponent for that matter never know who they are going to see up the other end of the court.
Get Barty, employ a 'Head Doctor' for Sammy, start again Alicia. Anyhow I hate women's tennis......