Cibulkova, Hantuchova give Slovakia 2-0 lead on road

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

MOSCOW -- Slovakia stunned favored Russia by taking a 2-0 lead after the opening singles in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.

Dominika Cibulkova rallied to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening singles. Daniela Hantuchova followed with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Maria Kirilenko to put Slovakia one point away from advancing to the final for the first time since winning the title in 2002.

Hantuchova was chosen to play over the higher-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova. She broke Kirilenko twice in the first set and in the seventh game of the second on indoor clay at Krylatskoye Ice Stadium in Moscow.

Hantuchova improved to 35-16 in Fed Cup matches.

The winner will face two-time defending champion Czech Republic or Italy in the final on Nov. 2-3.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Nearing 32, Rafael Nadal is farther ahead of the clay field than ever

The world No. 1 beat Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-2, for his 11th Monte Carlo Masters title.

Keys beats Parmentier to send U.S. into second straight Fed Cup final

The Americans extended their winning record to 12-2 against the French.

Nadal races past Nishikori to win record 11th Monte Carlo title

With this win, the Spaniard has now won a record 31st Masters crown.