Russia are through to the semis of the Fed Cup after Maria defeated Polish No.1 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 7-5 in Krakow, Poland. Russia won the tie 4-0.
The match lasted an hour and 46 minutes as Maria won the first set in only 33 minutes and dropping only one game. The second set proved to be tougher as Maria had a a 5-2 lead but lost three games in a row as Radwanska levelled the set 5-5. Maria re-grouped and won the next two games to seal the tie.
Maria had 39 winners throughout the match compared to her opponent 16 winners. Maria had a first serve percentage of 59% and won 65% of points on first serve and 54% of points on second serve.
After the match, Maria said:
“It’s a great feeling to be able to finish it off the way that we did. It became really tense in the end. I’d never been in that position before and I definitely felt like I had a lot of responsibility. Aga always plays really well until the end, too. She was making it very difficult for me, but I’m really happy I came through in the end. I had a really great team supporting me.”
In the final match, Vitalia Diatchenko and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Klaudia Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska 6-4 6-4.
In the semis to be played in April, Russia will play Germany at home.