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Tennis: France Defeats Spain, Advances to Fed Cup Women's Finals


France has defeated Spain, 5-0, to earn a place in the finals of the Fed Cup women's tennis competition in Moscow.

The French started the day Thursday, up 2-0, and then swept the reverse singles and the doubles competition.

Nathalie Dechy of France defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Tatiana Golovin of France downed Marta Marrero of Spain 6-3, 6-4. Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit of France then defeated Marta Marrero and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the doubles 7-5, 6-2.

The French are trying to win their third Fed Cup title and are bidding to become the first nation since the United States in 1999-2000 to win two successive Fed Cup titles. France takes on the winner of the Russia-Austria series. Russia leads that series, 2-0.

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