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Croatia Leads Japan at Fed Cup

April 25, 1998

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) _ Mirjana Lucic and Iva Majoli scored singles victories over Naoko Sawamatsu and Yuka Yoshida Saturday to give Croatia a 2-0 lead over Japan in the first round of their Fed Cup World Group 2 competition.

Majoli beat Yoshida 6-2, 6-1, and the 16-year-old Lucic defeated Sawamatsu 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

Japan’s top player, Ai Sugiyama, is not playing because of a shoulder injury suffered just before she defended her Japan Open title last week.

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