Russia beats Spain to reach Fed Cup semis|
Moscow, Russia (Sports Network) - Svetlana Kuznetsova outlasted Silvia Soler-
Espinosa in the fourth rubber to give Russia an insurmountable 3-1 lead over
Spain in their best-of-five Fed Cup quarterfinal.
Russia entered Sunday's action with a 2-0 lead, but Carla Suarez Navarro
brought Spain within one in the day's first reverse singles match with a 6-0,
6-3 straight-set victory over Nadia Petrova at Olympic Stadium.
Soler-Espinosa then battled back after dropping the first set to Kuznetsova,
but failed to convert on her two break chances in the third to fall 6-2, 4-6,
The Russians got easy singles victories from Australian Open runner-up Maria
Sharapova and Kuznetsova here on Saturday.
In a dead doubles rubber on Sunday, a Spanish team of Nuria Llagostera Vives
and Arantxa Parra Santonja was leading a Russian tandem of Kuznetsova and
Petrova 6-3 after one set when the Russians retired, as the hosts settled for
a 3-2 victory this weekend.
Russia, last year's runner-up to the Czech Republic, is a four-time Fed Cup
champ and will host Serbia in the semifinals in April.
The five-time champion Spaniards were playing in the Fed Cup's World Group
for the first time since 2009. They fell to 1-6 against the Russians in Fed
02/05 17:20:42 ET