Russia Beats Israel in Fed Cup

APSharapova silencing the crowd at the end of her Fed Cup win on Sunday.
RAMAT HASHARON, Israel -- Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze both won their reverse singles matches in straight sets Sunday, and Russia also won the doubles match, giving Russia a 4-1 victory over Israel in the Fed Cup World Group first round.

Chakvetadze clinched the victory for Russia by beating Israel's No. 2 Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 6-2 in the second match of the day.

Earlier, Australian Open champion Sharapova swept past Israel's top player, Shahar Pee, 6-1, 6-1 to give the Russians a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five matchup.

In the final match of the day, the Russian doubles team of Yelena Vesnina and Dinara Safina defeated Peer and Obziler, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

Russia next plays the United States or Germany in the second round. Israel will play in a world group playoff.

Peer, ranked 17th, was unable to counter fifth-ranked Sharapova, who was ferociously accurate throughout the match. After tying the first set at 1-1, Peer lost nine games in a row and couldn't cope with Sharapova's strength and agility. Sharapova won on her fifth match point.

"I realized I was one point from winning the match and I definitely had a few nerves towards the end but I am glad I won," Sharapova said.

Peer was clearly disappointed.

"I did everything I could," Peer said. "I think she was playing really well and putting pressure on me the whole match. I wasn't playing badly but I couldn't win the important points. Her unforced errors were only on the points which weren't important. I guess that's why she's there at the top."