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Sharapova to play in Fed Cup for Russia

sports Updated: Dec 01, 2010 01:44 IST
Russian Tennis Federation

The president of the Russian Tennis Federation says Maria Sharapova will lead Russia in the Fed Cup first-round tie against France next season.

Shamil Tarpischev, who is also the Fed Cup captain, says Sharapova has agreed to play in the competition for the first time since making her debut in Russia's 4-1 first-round victory over Israel in 2008.

Tarpischev told Tuesday's news conference that Sharapova has fully recovered from the problems with her shoulder and again could challenge for the number one spot.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, former world number one Dinara Safina, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will also be on the team for the tie on a hardcourt at the Olympic indoor stadium on Feb. 5-6.

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