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Russia Ousts Slovenia in Fed Cup

July 20, 2003

PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) _ Russia captured its Fed Cup quarterfinal Sunday when Elena Bovina won the clinching match by defeating Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik 7-6 (4), 6-2.

The Russians advanced to the semifinals against France, which beat Spain earlier in the day.

Russia entered play with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five quarterfinal.

Bovina, ranked 21st, took the first set in a struggle. Srebotnik, ranked 35th, appeared to lose her strength in the second set and did not win any of her service games.

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