Russia would win its fourth Fed Cup title in five years and defeat Spain after Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to seal the nation versus nation team win.
The Russian team reached 4-0 when Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova beat Nuria Llagostera Vives and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-1 in doubles.
On the clay in Madrid Kuznetsova appeared at home, hitting power groundstokes as she went ahead 5-0 before dropping set one, but then regrouping for the win.
“It's an amazing feeling,” Kuznetsova said. “Even though I wasn't playing my
best game, it's so important for me to win this point for the team.”
“I gave her a chance to get back,” she said. “I started to play a little bit of baseline tennis
against her game. I felt so much more energy. I knew my fitness was better.”
Kuznetsova reached the French Open final in 2006 and won the US Open in 2004. She reached a career high ranking of number two in September of 2007.