Slovakia 2-0 up against Russia in Fed Cup 2013 semi-final

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In the second semi final of the Federation Cup being held in the Sports Centre in Moscow and also on clay, Russia took on the Slovak Republic. First on court were Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, ranked at 15, and the 19th ranked Russian, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. This match turned out to be a seriously hard fought marathon punctuated with a slew of aces and double faults on both sides of the net. The Russian eventually took the first set 7-5 and the Slovak took the second set easily at 6-1. In the decider the players went toe to toe on serve to the seventh game when Cibulkova got the first break to lead 4-3 and then held for 5-3. She again managed to break the Russian once again to take the set 6-4 and put the Slovak Republic into a 1-0 lead.

The second rubber was between Maria Kirilenko, the 13th ranked Russian, and the veteran Slovak, Daniela Hantuchova, now ranked at 75. Hantuchova got the first break in the first set to lead 2-1 and she only let Kirilenko, who has been on top of her game recently, one more game before sealing the set 6-2. In the second set Kirilenko found her range and was the first to get a break for a 2-0 lead, but the experienced Hantuchova broke back for 2-2. It took Hantuchova only one more break to take the set 6-4 and her team into a 2-0 lead at the end of the first day’s play.

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