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Sorenstam: Europe needs to beat U.S. in Cup
On the eve of the Solheim Cup, Annika Sorenstam has issued a rallying cry to Europe’s ladies – it’s time to turn the tables.

"It would mean a lot," Sorenstam said Wednesday of her hopes for a first European triumph since 2003. "Otherwise you'd go 10 years without winning, then people start thinking about should we change the format and everything."

The United States leads the series 8-3 and will be going for a fourth successive victory on Friday at the Killeen Castle course, 25 miles northwest of Dublin.

The deficit and some accusations of a gulf in class between the two sides have brought up calls for the U.S. to play an international team that includes players from Asia, Australia and Latin America instead of the current format.

However players from both sides have been quick to defend the status quo and cite the close nature of previous contests.

"I've played six, and we won once of my six," said No. 2-ranked Suzann Pettersen of Norway. "But I must say every year it feels like it's so close. It really comes down to Sunday's singles matches.

Even though the final numbers might look like it was a walk in the park for the Americans, it usually comes down to certain matches and once the final putt has dropped, the points keep counting."

American vice captain Juli Inkster, who makes her ninth appearance, maintains that the event is still competitive.

"I think this is the deepest European team there has ever been. I think the rookies that they have on their team are playing very well," Inkster said.

"I don't know how you guys keep thinking we're favorites. We're going out there and playing like we're underdogs."

The teams will play foursomes and fourballs on Friday and Saturday, before moving to singles matches on Sunday.

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