Pavlyuchenkova to lead Russian squad

Pavlyuchenkova to lead Russian squad

Published Apr. 20, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play for Russia against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the opening singles of the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova will face former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in the second match.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Pavlyuchenkova will take on Ivanovic, while Kuznetsova will play Jankovic. In doubles, the Russian pair of Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina were drawn to play the Serbian duo of Bojana Janovski and Aleksandra Krunic.

The reverse singles and doubles nominations can be changed depending on the results of the previous matches.


The winner will play either defending champion the Czech Republic or Italy in the final on Nov. 3-4.


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