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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Team Hurt By Illness




PERTH, Australia -- The Russian women's tennis team, already reeling from the sudden withdrawal of its best two players, suffered another setback Friday when one of its replacements was struck down by illness.


Yekaterina Syssoeva threw a scare into the Russian camp Friday when she became nauseous during the draw for this weekend's World Group II tie against Australia.


The 16-year-old was sent back to the Russian team hotel and told to rest but was expected to play this weekend.


Syssoeva, ranked a modest No. 399 in the world, will play in both the singles and doubles after Russia's top two players, Anna Kournikova and Yelena Likhovtseva, withdrew from the team.


Kournikova, the world No.16, pulled out because of a strained stomach muscle while 37th-ranked Likhovtseva had declared herself unavailable.


Syssoeva will play Australia's top-ranked player, Rachel McQuillan, in the second of Saturday's two singles matches on grass at Perth's Royal King's Park.


She will then play Kerry-Anne Guse in Sunday's reverse singles before teaming up with Anastasia Myskina in the doubles. McQuillan, the world No. 60, will also play singles and doubles. She faces Russia's Tatyana Panova in Sunday's reverse singles.


Guse will face Panova in Saturday's opening singles rubber.


"We're confident, and we're ready to go," Australian captain Lesley Bowrey said. "If the girls play as well as they have been this week, I'm confident they'll win the tie."


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Second seed Alex Corretja and defending champion Albert Costa were upset and ousted from the Trofeo Conde de Godo on Thursday, with Costa going down in straight sets in only 65 minutes. Italian Andrea Gaudenzi took care of Corretja of Spain 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.


"I was a little too passive in the first set, but when I lost I relaxed into my game and got more aggressive," Gaudenzi said. "I was in total control of the last two sets."


Costa was overpowered by the lightening forehand of fellow Spaniard Alberto Berasategui 6-4, 6-4.