In the first day of action at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group 1st Round tie against France, Russia are down 0-2.
Svetlana Kuznetsova was up first against Alize Cornet and lost 6-4 3-6 4-6 in a very dramatic match.
Maria was then on court in her first Fed Cup match in Moscow and she lost 3-6 4-6 to Virginie Razzano.
After the match, Maria said: “I was giving her far too many free points, I wasn’t serving well, and I wasn’t really being aggressive on the court and I was giving her the opportunity to hit the first ball, and I think the court really suited her today. We are going to go out tomorrow and fight. We never give up and that’s not what our country is known for, and we are going to go out there and battle for what is ours.”
On Sunday, Russia will need to win all of their 3 matches to have an chance of advancing to the semis in April. Maria will be up first against Alize Cornet. Maria has never played Cornet before.