Fed Cup 2011 : 5 Things We Learned From The First Round

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Fed Cup 2011 : 5 Things We Learned From The First Round
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Even Tom Cruise,  Peter Graves, or Steven Hill would have found their first Mission Impossible if they had to play Belgium in the first round of the Fed Cup.

Since the Williams sisters were unavailable to play the tie against the Kim Clijsters team, the hopes for winning were slim.

Of course, team USA played the final of this competition over the last two years also without Serena or Venus. It is nonetheless useful to remember Russia, Serbia, France, Italy, Slovakia, Australia or even the USA have the same level of play when their top player is not playing.

However, it's another story when a confident and experienced player such as Clijsters decides to  join  the country team.

That's why the World No. 2 and recent Australian Open champion was too good for World No. 61 Melanie Oudin, or World No. 48 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the reason Belgium crushed the USA 4-1.

Even so, they were 5 lessons to learn from Saturday and Sunday encounters.

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