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On the first round of the World Group, Russia and Japan face off at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia in the Fed Cup, February 9th and 10th. Japan and Russia will be meeting for the first time, so they do not have a history together. Russia got beat last year when they went to the semifinals and went up against Serbia in Moscow. Svetlana Kuznetsova had been able to take her match the first day, but then Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic was able to bring it back around for their team and end up winning the tie.


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Japan got promoted for the first time since 2007. The first team that they beat was Slovenia and then Belgium was a team that were beaten by Japan as well. Ayumi Morita ended up winning another, which brings her to 12 wins, and three of them came in the first two and two more happened in the second with Belgium. Russia's nominations are Maria Kirilenko, Ekaterina Makarova and then they have Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina. For Japan, they have Ayumi Morita, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Misaki Doi and Karumi Nara.


Tags: Russia, Japan, Olympic Stadium, Fed Cup, Ayumi Morita, Maria Kirilenko
Posted: 9th February 2013

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