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FRANCE AND RUSSIA REACH FED CUP FINAL

Defending champion France and Russia swept their semifinals Thursday and will play for the Fed Cup championship in Moscow.

French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova won singles matches to power Russia past Austria, 5-0. France, led by Nathalie Dechy and Tatiana Golovin, defeated Spain by the same score.

France beat Russia in the semifinals in Moscow last season. France will be playing in its third final this weekend, having won the previous two. Russia is in the fifth final but has never won.

"If we don't succeed in playing our best tennis, we have no chance to win at all," France captain Guy Forget said. "And if we do manage to play our best tennis from the first point to the last -- which is not easy -- maybe we have a small chance."

Meanwhile, Myskina will quit Russia's Fed Cup team if Maria Sharapova joins the squad next year, saying she doesn't like the Wimbledon champion's father, Yuri.

"I feel his behavior is totally incorrect, simply rude. I don't want to be around people like him," Myskina said at the Fed Cup semifinals.

Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev said Sharapova agreed to play Fed Cup next season and added that "those players who will be in better condition" will be on the team.

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