Saturday, September 13, 2008

Russia one match away from winning Fed Cup

Anabel Medina Garrigues had more than one chance to put away the second set in her Fed Cup final against Vera Zvonareva, but instead, she produced a series of unforced errors at crucial moments, allowing Zvonareva to win in straight sets. Svetlana Kuznetsova then easily dominated Carla Suarez Navarro, to win her match in straight sets, also.

The pressure is really on Medina Garrigues now. If she does not defeat Kuznetsova in the third rubber, to be played tomorrow, Russia defends its Fed Cup title. She did not play well under pressure today, but anything can happen. Should Medina Garrigues win the third rubber, I expect the Spanish team to substitute Nuria Llagostera Vives as Zvonareva's next opponent (well, that's what I would do).

Vera Zvonareva def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-3, 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-3

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