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Fed Cup semis shaping up

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The United States resume their Fed Cup quarter-final against Germany on Monday after heavy rain in California caused Sunday's play to be postponed.

The line-up sees Davenport play Tatjana Malek, Ahley Harkleroad taking on Sabine Lisicki, and Davenport and Lisa Raymond pairing off in the doubles against Julia Gorges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Lisicki upset Lindsay Davenport on Saturday to give Russia a 1-0 lead before Harkleroad's win over Tatjana Malek left the tie evenly poised.

Who do you think will prevail to meet Russia in the last four?

The defending champions' tie against Israel in Ramat Hasharon was level at 1-1 on Saturday night before Maria Sharapova won her second rubber of the weekend, beating Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1.

Anna Chakvetdaze then subdued Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 6-2 despite waging an ongoing war of wills with the hostile Israeli crowd.

Elena Vesnina and Dinara Safina completed the win, beating Obziler and Peer 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 in the doubles.

Russia are joined in the semis by China and Spain.

The Chinese beat France in Beijing to reach the last four for the first time.

Having opened up 2-0 lead going into Sunday's final day, they required just one more rubber to wrap up the tie.

Top-ranked Li Na lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Virginie Razzano and Yan Zi was beaten by Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-2.

In the decider, China fielded 2006 Wimbledon champions Yan and Zheng Jie and the pair won 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) against Dechy and Razzano.

Perfect preparation ahead of this summer's Olympics, what an upset!

China will face Spain for a place in the final after Anabel Medina Garrigues stunned Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-1 to complete a 3-0 clean sweep for the visitors in Naples.

Another shock.

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comment by Magpie (U10992222)

posted Feb 5, 2008

The winners of the Fed Cup will be Russia - if Sharapova continues to play. If she doesn't, the U.S will win.

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