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France Claims Victory in Women's Tennis Fed Cup - 2003-11-23


Amelie Mauresmo led her team to its first Fed Cup tennis championship in six years, as France beat an injury-depleted United States 4-1 in the final of the best-of-five women's competition in Moscow.

Mauresmo won all eight of her singles matches in the competition, including an easy 6-2, 6-1, victory over American Meghann Shaughnessy Sunday, that gave France an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

Emilie Loit increased the lead to 4-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Alexandra Stevenson, before the American doubles team of Martina Navratilova and Lisa Raymond avoided the shutout with a 6-4, 6-love win over Loit and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro. With that win, the 47-year-old Navratilova improved to 39-0 in Fed Cup matches. But it was the end of her record streak of always being on the winning Fed Cup squad at 22.

The Americans sent an injury-depleted team to the Fed Cup. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles all missed this year's competition.

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