Spain grabs 2-0 Fed Cup lead against China

April 26, 2008 at 3:32 PM
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BEIJING, April 26 (UPI) -- Carla Suarez Navarro and Nuria Llagostera Vives gave Spain a surprising 2-0 lead over favored China Saturday in a Fed Cup semifinal in Beijing.

Suarez Navarro started the day by beating Shuai Peng 6-3 7-6 (7-4) and Llagostera Vives, followed with a 6-3 6-4 win over Jie Zheng.

"I played a great last two games," Llagostera admitted, "but it would not be the first time a team has been 2-0 down and has won three points on the second day so we have to be focused (Sunday)."

A nation has bounced back from a 2-0 first-day deficit just three times since the international women's tennis competition started in 1963.

The Spain-China winner faces either Russia or the United States in the final in September.

Russia holds a similar 2-0 lead in Moscow.

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