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Elena Vesnina Leads Russian Team in Fed Cup

12. January 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

The Russian team has always been among Fed Cup favorites, making the finals eight times and winning the crown four times between 2004 and 2008. But this year, Russia’s top players have to sit out.

 

Russia’s captain blames busy schedules and injuries as the reasons why their Top 20 ranked players will not compete in February’s Fed Cup quarter finals against Serbia.

 

Unfortunately, the first round of the Cup takes place in the period between the Australian Open and a series of major tournaments in the U.S. That’s why our top stars can’t play,” Captain Shamil Tarpishchev told Reuters.

 

With favorites like Dinara Safina, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Elena Dementieva not available to play, world ranked #23 Elena Vesnina will lead the squad.

 

Elena Vesnina was born in Lviv, Ukraine and currently lives in Sochi, Russia. She began competing in tournaments in 2002 when she was 16 years old and this past year has been her best yet with her highest career world rank.