Russia, Japan tied 1-1 in Fed Cup first round

by: AP | February 09, 2013

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MOSCOW (AP)—Ayumi Morita beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 Saturday, giving Japan a 1-1 tie with Russia in the Fed Cup event.

Maria Kirilenko defeated veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the opening match.

Four-time winner Russia played without Maria Sharapova, Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva.

In Sunday's singles, Kirilenko will face Morita and Makarova takes on Date-Krumm. The Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Margarita Gasparyan will play Morita and Misaki Doi in the doubles.

The winner faces Serbia or Slovakia in the semifinals on April 20-21.

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