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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.

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