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Sharapova to lead Russia in Fed Cup

Maria Sharapova will lead Russia against Spain in the Fed Cup next month.

Maria Sharapova will lead Russia against Spain in the Fed Cup next month.

Sharapova will make her third appearance for Russia. The three-time Grand Slam champion won both of her singles matches against Israel in 2008. She lost in opening singles against France last year.

Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev also selected two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 31 Nadia Petrova and Australian Open quarter-finalist Ekaterina Makarova for the Feb. 4-5 best-of-five series on the indoor hard court at the Olympic Arena in Moscow.

Russia has won the Fed Cup title four times since 2004. Russia is 5-1 against Spain, which won the title five times between 1991 and 1998.