facebook
twitter
search
search

Spain beats China 4-1 at Fed Cup

April 27, 2008 at 2:07 PM

BEIJING, April 27 (UPI) -- Spain finished a surprisingly easy 4-1 win Sunday over China in a Fed Cup semifinal in Beijing.

The rout was completed when Nuria Llagostera Vives downed Peng Shuai in straight sets 6-4 6-4.

"We knew we could win the tie but we never expected to win three matches in a row," Vives, the 76th-ranked player in women's tennis, said during a post-match news conference. "We had our golden years with Arantxa (Sanchez-Vicario) and Conchita (Martinez) … but now we have a new team and new generation."

In a meaningless final match, Zheng Jie, who has been recovering from ankle surgery, overcame Carla Suarez-Navarro, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3, giving China its lone match win before a sellout crowd at the Beijing International Tennis Centre.

Spain, which last won the Fed Cup in 1998, faces defending champion Russia in the Fed Cup final in September.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories