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Russians can claim third Fed Cup title with one win Sunday

Updated: September 15, 2007, 11:25 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- With Maria Sharapova cheering from the bench, Russia moved within one victory of its third Fed Cup title.

Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-1, 6-2 Saturday to the put the Russians ahead 2-0 in the top team event in women's tennis. Anna Chakvetadze struggled past Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener. Reverse singles and doubles in the best-of-five format are Sunday.

Sharapova has never played for Russia in the Fed Cup because ...

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