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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spain, U.S. In Fed Cup Showdown

BAYONNE, France -- Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez won the clinching doubles match to put Spain in the Fed Cup final against the United States.


Spain beat France 3-2, with the Spanish duo beating Nathalie Tauziat and Julie Halard-Decugis 6-4, 2-1 Sunday, after Halard-Decugis quit due to a wrist injury.


Halard-Decugis beat Sanchez Vicario in the fourth singles to force the match into the deciding doubles. Both players came back after an hour's rest to play again.


Halard-Decugis injured her right wrist in the eighth game of the first doubles set. She played sub-par the rest of the way, and then had to stop after the first time she served with her injury, losing her game at love.


Halard-Decugis had defeated Sanchez Vicario 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 25 minutes.


In the first singles of the afternoon, Martinez saved four set points, then breezed to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over France's Mary Pierce. Martinez took 11 of the last 12 games against Pierce.


The teams split the singles Saturday. Pierce beat Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-4, her third consecutive victory over the Spaniard. Martinez topped Halard-Decugis 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Earlier in the day, Monica Seles, playing for the first time for the United States in the Fed Cup, led her new country into the final with a devastating 6-0, 6-2 win over Japan's Wimbledon semifinalist, Kimiko Date.


Seles' win in the opening match of the reverse singles gave the United States an unbeatable 3-0 lead, and it went on to a 5-0 sweep of the tie to set up a clash with Spain in September.


Seles, knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round in a shock defeat, gave the ninth-ranked Date no chance to repeat her giant-killing performance in the Fed Cup quarterfinals, when she beat world No. 1 Steffi Graf.


Seles beat Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-2 Saturday, and she was even more impressive against Date, who appeared sluggish and still not recovered from Wimbledon.