U.S. gets France in Fed Cup final
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The Americans headed into Day 2 needing only one victory in three tries to get past the 2001 champion Belgians. They failed in their first attempt, as Wednesday's hero
Following Shaughnessy's loss on Thursday, Raymond promptly posted a routine 6-2, 6-1 victory over Clijsters, the younger sister of world No. 2 star
In a meaningless doubles rubber, the legendary Martina Navratilova returned to Fed Cup action for the first time since 1995 and improved to a remarkable 38-0 lifetime, including 18-0 in doubles, when she paired with Raymond to dismantle a Belgian duo of Elke Clijsters and Caroline Maes 6-1, 6-4. The victory gave the Pennsylvania native Raymond her perfect mark against the Belgians, as she opened the festivities here on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 shellacking of Callens.
The 47-year-old Navratilova is the oldest player in the 40-year history of the Fed Cup competition.
Both the U.S. and Belgium played without their top stars, as the Williams sisters and
The U.S., currently captained by the legendary Billie Jean King, is seeking its 18th Fed Cup title and first since 2000. The Americans moved to 3-0 all- time versus Belgium.
France advanced via upset, as the powerful Russian team boasted four of the top-13 players in the world.
The French gained an insurmountable 3-1 advantage Thursday when the veteran Pierce outlasted Russian teen
A red-hot Mauresmo gave France a short-lived 1-0 lead on Wednesday and moved the French out to a 2-1 edge on Day 2 when she came from behind to beat world No. 7
Mauresmo is fresh off last week's runner-up finish to
Thursday's dead Russia-France doubles rubber resulted in a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory for a Russian tandem of Myskina and
The Americans and French will square off here this weekend, with opening singles on Saturday and reverse singles and a doubles rubber on Sunday.
France will seek its second Fed Cup in its second final, with the title coming in 1997.