MOSCOW (AP) Germany has surprisingly left its two highest ranked players to play only doubles when the team faces Russia in the Fed Cup semifinals.
Eleventh-ranked Andrea Petkovic and No. 14 Angelique Kerber were named in Sunday’s doubles team to face Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina.
In singles, 63rd-ranked Julia Goerges will start Germany’s challenge on Saturday against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sabine Lisicki will then face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Reverse singles will be played Sunday before the doubles.
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