Tennis – Russia humiliated in Fed Cup, Swiss into semi-finals

Russia and Italy, who have won eight of the last 12 Fed Cup titles, crashed out of this year’s tournament Sunday while defending champions Czech Republic survived to set-up a semi-final duel with Switzerland.

Kiki Bertens

Russia, the champions in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in Moscow.

Italy, who were title winners in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013, were also dumped out in the first round, going down 4-1 to France in Marseille.

The Dutch, without a single player in the top 100, made the semi-finals for the first time since 1997 after Kiki Bertens defeated two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4. Kuznetsova, the world 17.

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