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World Group Semifinal

16 Apr - 17 Apr 2011, Sports Palace Megasport, Moscow, Russia, Hard, Indoor

Team Nominations

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    • Vera ZVONAREVA
    • Date of birth: 07 Sep 1984
    • Singles ranking: 582
    • Doubles ranking: 390
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  • Team captain Shamil TARPISCHEV
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    • Roberta VINCI
    • Date of birth: 18 Feb 1983
    • Singles ranking: 20
    • Doubles ranking: 5=
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    • Sara ERRANI
    • Date of birth: 29 Apr 1987
    • Singles ranking: 11
    • Doubles ranking: 5=
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    • Alberta BRIANTI
    • Date of birth: 05 Apr 1980
    • Singles ranking: 189
    • Doubles ranking: 516
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  • Team captain Corrado BARAZZUTTI

News from the tie

  • Russia takes commanding lead over Italy
    Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova both claimed singles wins to hand Russia a 2-0 advantage against the defending champions at the World Group semifinal in Moscow
  • Russia routs Italy to reach Final
    Vera Zvonareva's second win of the weekend has ensured Russia is through to this year's Final, while the defending champions are out

Photos

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS) and captain Shamil Tarpischev (RUS)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) is congratulated by her team
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA) and Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Sara Errani and Corrado Barazzutti (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Helicopter outside the stadium
  • Vera Zvonareva and her Russian teammates
  • Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
  • Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • The draw in Moscow
  • The Italian and Russian teams
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) and coach Anastasia Myskina
  • Captain Corrado Barazzutti and Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Tie Summary

    Between them, Italy and Russia have held the Fed Cup title since 2004 – Russia won in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, while Italy was crowned champion in 2006, 2009 and 2010.

    The teams met at this stage of the competition two years ago and it was the Italians who prevailed 4-1 that day. The reigning champions will be looking for more of the same to extend their unbeaten run in the competition to nine matches. The last time Corrado Barazzutti’s team lost a Fed Cup tie was in February 2008, when Spain defeated them in a World Group first round tie in Naples.

    Russia, who leads Italy 4-1 in previous meetings, advanced to the semifinals for the fifth year running after becoming just the fourth nation to come back from 0-2 down to defeat France in this year’s first round tie in Moscow.
  • All-time head to head

    5 Total 2
    All-time head to head record

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