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Fed Cup: Australia leads Russia 2-0

February 8, 2014

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Australia won both opening singles Saturday to take a 2-0 lead over an inexperienced Russia team after the first day of their Fed Cup series.

Casey Dellacqua beat Russia’s Irina Khromacheva 6-0, 6-2 in the opening singles and Sam Stosur beat Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-0 as Australia chased its first Fed Cup win over Russia since 1983.

Dellacqua took just 58 minutes to beat her 18-year-old opponent, hitting 19 forehand winners. Khromacheva did save three set points in the first set and closed from 3-0 to 3-2 with a service break in the second set.

The 16-year-old Kudermetova troubled Stosur with her powerful serve in the first set but lost her way and had 40 unforced errors in a match that lasted 56 minutes.

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