Sharapova leads Russia into semi-final
25 February 2015,Nirapad News: Maria Sharapova made a rare but decisive Fed Cup appearance on Sunday to help Russia reach the semi-finals, where they will face Germany.
Champions Czech Republic stormed into the last four with a whitewash in Canada and will next face surprise package France, who stunned Italy in Genoa.
Former world number one Sharapova defeated Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 7-5 to give her country an unassailable 3-0 lead in Krakow.
French Open champion Sharapova was playing just her fourth Fed Cup tie since her 2008 debut, but in order to make the Olympics next year all players have to make themselves available for the annual women’s team tournament.
“It is a very important win for me,” said Sharapova, who has often been criticized for not playing enough Fed Cup matches. “Playing for the national team there is always added pressure.”
Sharapova had already beaten Urszula Radwanska in straight sets on Saturday, while veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova surprised Urszula’s sister Agnieszka in three sets.