If Melanie Oudin does not win her Federation Cup match versus Andrea Petkovic tomorrow, the once mighty US team will fall into the Fed Cup abyss.
The US will drop out of the World Group for the first time in Fed Cup history if Melanie loses - it's a sobering situation for a team that has made 26 finals since the competition began in 1963 and won 17 times.
The Fed Cup situation definitely highlights the overall dire straits American tennis finds itself in. After Venus and Serena the next highest ranked player is Bethanie Mattek-Sands at #41, and Melanie is next at #81. You could argue that Melanie Oudin was not the right choice to play any singles as she's been in pretty bad form, but she was the saviour for the 2010 team who made the final. Blame the Williams sisters? They're used to that.
I'm still hoping for a small miracle tomorrow tho realistically I cannot imagine Melanie beating Petko.