Eurosport - Sun, 07 Feb 20:17:00 2010
Italy, Russia, USA and the Czech Republic emerged as the Fed Cup semi-finalists after coming through their respective ties on Sunday.
Italy will play the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, while the USA will face Russia. All matches will be played on April 24-25.
Serbia 2-3 Russia
Jelena Jankovic had beaten Kuznetsova 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the first match of the day to give the home side the lead.
But Kleybanova beat Ana Ivanovic 6-2 6-3 in the fourth rubber to level the tie at 2-2, then teamed up with Kuznetsova to beat Ivanovic and Jankovic 6-1 6-4 in the doubles.
Ukraine 1-4 Italy
Italy are still on track to retain the Fed Cup after a straightforward 4-1 win over Ukraine in Kharkiv.
The two teams had been locked at 1-1 after the first day, but Flavia Pennetta beat Alona Bondarenko 7-5 7-6(3) to give the visitors the advantage.
Francesca Schiavone then recovered brilliantly after losing the opening set 6-2 against Kateryna Bondarenko in the final singles rubber, winning the next two sets 6-1 6-1 to guarantee the Italian victory.
"I played much better under pressure and I was fighting from the beginning to the end even if I did not always reach my best," world number 12 Pennetta said.
France 1-4 USA
Melanie Oudin won the opening match of the day on Sunday to give the USA victory over France in Lievin and put them into the semi-finals of the Fed Cup.
Oudin beat Julie Coin 7-6(3) 6-4 to give the visiting team an unassailable lead, with the two teams then splitting the remaining dead rubbers.
"I was a bit nervous and she was serving great, but as the match advanced I got more and more confident and I'm obviously thrilled that I was able to allow the US to go to the semis," Oudin said.
Czech Republic 3-2 Germany
Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke were the unlikely heroines for the Czech Republic as they won the crucial deciding doubles tie against Germany in Brno to make the semi-finals of the Fed Cup.
Yet in the deciding doubles rubber it was one-way traffic as Hradecka and Peschke thrashed Groenefeld and Tatjana Malek 6-1 6-3 to emerge as winners.