Sharapova to play in Fed Cup final

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No.3 Maria Sharapova will play for the Russian team in the final match of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic, the Russian Tennis Federation press service informed.

Ekaterina Makarova (No.20 in singles, No.9 in doubles), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (No.33/No.27), and Elena Vesnina (No.117/No.6) will also compete against the Czech tennis players.

Russian team head coach is former tennis player Anastasia Myskina.

The Czechs are the dominant force in world team tennis at the moment, leading both the Fed Cup and Davis Cup rankings, with the Czech women having claimed the crown three times in the last four years. By the way, their recent Fed Cup dynasty began with a 2011 win over their upcoming opponents Russia, in a final decided in the concluding doubles rubber at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium.

Since then, a trip to the stunning O2 Arena in the Czech capital, which comprises 10,750 fans, has almost become an annual event for the Final.

With Czech Petra Kvitova (No.4), Lucie Safarova (No.5), and WTA Rising Star Karolina Pliskova (No.11) the final looks to be a blockbuster contest.

The final rivalry will be staged in Prague on 14-15 November.

The Fed Cup was launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It’s now the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations taking part in 2015.

Text by INTERFAX.RU, fedcup.com

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