French Open champion Anastasia Myskina pulled Russia into a 1-1 tie with defending champion France at the Fed Cup final after U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova lost the first singles match.
Nathalie Dechy gave France a big lift in the opener of the best-of-five series by defeating Kuznetsova, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 8-6. Myskina then made sure Russia didn't entirely squander the first day, beating Moscow-born teenager Tatiana Golovin, 6-4, 7-6 (5), at Krylatskoye Ice Palace.
Dechy beat Kuznetsova for the second time this year. Kuznetsova, ranked No. 4, was rattled and committed 77 unforced errors.
"Everyone is fighting hard against me," Kuznetsova said. "I knew it would depend only on me to win or lose this match."
Today, Myskina opens against Dechy and Kuznetsova faces Golovin. Russians Elena Likhovtseva and Vera Zvonareva are to play doubles against Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit.