U.S. tie Russia, Italy lead Czechs at Fed Cup

13:51, April 25, 2010      

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Without top-ranked Williams sisters, the 17-time Fed Cup champions United States could only manage a 1-1 tie after first day matches in the Fed Cup semifinals.

The U.S. top seed Melanie Oudin defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 6-3, before Elena Dementieva downed Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-3 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The indoor hardcourt matchup will be decided on Sunday, when Dementieva meets Oudin and Mattek-Sands will face Kudryavtseva. A closing doubles match will settle the outcome if the US and Russia split singles once again.

Meanwhile in Rome, defending champions Italy took an undisputed uphand dominating the court against the Czech Republic to lead 2-0.

Italian Flavia Pennetta won 6-4, 7-5 over Lucie Hradecka before Francesca Schiavone thrashed Czech No. 1 Lucie Safarova 6-0, 6-2 on the clay.

Last year, Italy beat the United States to win the Fed Cup.

Source: Xinhua


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