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Slovakia stunned favored Russia by taking a 2-0 lead after the opening singles in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.
Dominika Cibulkova rallied to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening singles. Daniela Hantuchova followed with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Maria Kirilenko to put Slovakia one point away from advancing to the final for the first time since winning the title in 2002.
Hantuchova was chosen to play over the higher-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova. She broke Kirilenko twice in the first set and in the seventh game of the second on indoor clay at Krylatskoye Ice Stadium in Moscow.
Hantuchova improved to 35-16 in Fed Cup matches.
The winner will face two-time defending champion Czech Republic or Italy in the final on Nov. 2-3.
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Slovakia stunned heavily favored Russia by jumping to a 2-0 lead after the opening singles in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.
Dominika Cibulkova rallied to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening singles and Daniela Hantuchova followed up with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Maria Kirilenko to put Slovakia one point away from advancing to the final for the first time...
Russia's Anastasiya Pavlyuchenkova will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Maria Kirilenko was nominated to play Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova in the second singles on indoor clay at Krylatskoye Ice Stadium
In doubles, which concludes the semi on Sunday, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will face the...
The draw Friday for the Fed Cup World Group semifinal match between Russia and Slovakia on an indoor clay at the Krylatskoye ice stadium (reverse singles and doubles pairings subject to change):
Saturday Singles Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, vs. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
Maria Kirilenko, Russia, vs. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia
Sunday Reverse Singles Maria Kirilenko, Russia...
Maria Kirilenko beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-1 in the first reverse singles Sunday as Russia narrowed Slovakia's lead in the Fed Cup World Group semifinals to 2-1.
Slovakia stunned highly favored Russia on Saturday when Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Kirilenko, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead.
Ekaterina Makaroiva substituted for Pavlyuchenkova...