The Moscow Times reports that Belgium has easily dispatched Russia in the quarter finals of the Fed Cup:
LIEGE, Belgium -- French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second Fed Cup match in as many days Sunday, beating Yelena Dementyeva 6-2, 6-0 to give Belgium an insurmountable 3-1 lead over double defending champion Russia.
The victory moved Belgium into the semifinals in July, when it will host the United States. The Americans beat Germany on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters swept past Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-4 to move Belgium in front for the first time. Henin-Hardenne, ranked fourth in the world, showed her love of playing on clay and never gave Dementyeva a hope with a performance that delighted the sellout crowd of 5,000 at the Country Hall.
Despite the concluding doubles having no impact on the final result, Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters would still play the match together to prove there was no bad blood between them.
"It was great with the whole team together. There is a great atmosphere," said Henin-Hardenne.
Dementyeva dominated Clijsters on Saturday with a straight-sets win, giving the Russians hope of staying on track for a Fed Cup triple.
But Henin-Hardenne outlasted world No. 5 Nadia Petrova 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to put Belgium back in the tie and then overwhelmed Fed Cup specialist Dementyeva in just over an hour with a flurry of winners.Tiny Belgium has now crushed Russia three times in a row in their Fed Cup meetings. Here endeth the supposed coming "dominance" of Russian women in tennis, rumors of which started in Russophile ears in 2004 when Russians won three of four slams. It's been straight down hill since then, as with most things sporty where Russia is concerned (see below La Russophobe notes that Russia was a total disaster at the Calgary World Figure Skating event earlier this year).