Bertens gives Netherlands lead over Russia in Fed Cup

Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, reacts loosing a point to Richel Hogenkamp, of the Netherlands, during their Fed Cup tennis match between Russia and Netherlands in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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MOSCOW (AP) Kiki Bertens beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 in the opening rubber to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead over last year's finalist Russia in the Fed Cup first round Saturday.

Despite being 75 ranking places behind the 31st-ranked Makarova, Bertens won with an all-action style, recording 16 winners to just four for the Russian.

Russia can pull level if Svetlana Kuznetsova beats 141st-ranked Richel Hoogenkamp later Saturday.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Kuznetsova plays Bertens before Makarova faces Hogenkamp.

Russia's top-ranked player Maria Sharapova, who has a shoulder injury, is only scheduled to play doubles on Sunday, partnering youngster Darya Kasatkina against the Dutch duo of Cindy Burger and Arantxa Rus.