- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MOSOW (AP) - Maria Sharapova will lead Russia against Spain in the Fed Cup next month.

Sharapova will make her third appearance for Russia. The three-time Grand Slam champion won both of her singles matches against Israel in 2008. She lost in opening singles against France last year.

Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev also selected two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 31 Nadia Petrova and Australian Open quarterfinalist Ekaterina Makarova for the Feb. 4-5 best-of-five series on the indoor hard court at the Olympic Arena in Moscow.

Russia has won the Fed Cup title four times since 2004. Russia is 5-1 against Spain, which won the title five times between 1991 and 1998.



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