Russia and Spain lead Fed Cup semifinals after the first day


Defending champions Russia won both singles rubbers against the United States in Moscow and came closer to their fourth Fed Cup final in five years, while five-time winners Spain made just as successful start in their semifinal against China in Beijing.

In Moscow, Anna Chakvetadze beat Vania King 6-4 7-5 before Svetlana Kuznetsova saw off Fed Cup debutant Ahsha Rolle 6-2 6-1. In Beijing, Carla Suarez-Navarro upset Peng Shuai 6-3 7-6 (7-4) while Nuria Llagostera Vives cruised past Zheng Jie 6-3 6-4.

Russia and Spain are now one win away from meeting each other in September’s final. 

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