Maria Kirilenko will take on Lucie Safarova on Sunday in the fourth match of the Fed Cup 2011 final
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Provided that the captains don’t decide to make changes to their line-ups, Maria Kirilenko and Lucie Safarova will meet on Sunday in the fourth matchup of the Fed Cup final tie between Russia and the Czech Republic. With the scores locked at 1-1 after the first day’s play, this match could decide the outcome of the competition.
Kirilenko put up a spirited defence against Petra Kvitova on Saturday, but the world No. 2 was producing some superb shots, and cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Kirilenko, playing at her first Fed Cup since 2006, will be eager to prove her worth to the Russian team.
Safarova is in a similar position, after being soundly beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-2, 6-3). The Czech was put on the back foot early on, and she never really came close to threatening Kuznetsova’s grip on the contest.
Kirilenko has a 4-1 head to head record against Safarova, which bodes well for Russia. Past form might not be a huge indicator of what to expect though. With this being such a significant clash, mental strength and will to win might be the deciding factors.
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