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DOUBLES MATCH CLINCHES FED CUP FOR RUSSIA

In a fitting end to a season dominated by Russian women, the country won its first Fed Cup title Sunday by edging defending champion France, 3-2, when Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva beat Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit, 7-6 (5), 7-5, in the deciding doubles match played in Moscow.

Russia had lost its four previous Fed Cup finals but was led this time by French Open champion Myskina.

The Fed Cup title capped the Russian women's domination of a year in which they won 15 singles titles, including three majors and the season-ending WTA Championships. In the final 2004 WTA Tour rankings, Russian women hold four of the top six spots and seven of the top 15.

Myskina beat Elena Dementieva in the French Open final, Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, and Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Dementieva for the U.S. Open title in another all-Russian final. Sharapova then won the tour championship in Los Angeles this month.

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