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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Loses in Fed Cup Final

MADRID, Spain -- Belgium was crowned Fed Cup champion for the first time Sunday after Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters scored devastating singles victories to give it a winning 2-0 lead over Russia in the final.

The Belgian pair have been in irresistible form all week at the eight-nation finals and they clinched the title with a minimum of fuss.

Henin, the world No. 7, secured the first point in the best-of-three final when she claimed a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Nadia Petrova in 50 minutes.

Clijsters, at 18 a year younger than Henin and ranked two places higher in the world, made certain of the title with an equally brutal 6-0, 6-4 win against world No. 15 Yelena Dementieva.

"It's a great win for a little country," said Henin, who was first to run to Clijsters with a hug after the second singles settled the match.

"We came here as favorites and we've done our job on the court."

Henin, who came through an exhausting three-setter against Conchita Martinez of Spain on Saturday, seemed determined to give herself an easier afternoon as she raced through the first set against Petrova in 21 minutes.

She broke in the first game, held her own serve to love and never looked back, picking up two more breaks of serve on her way to taking the first set.

Petrova held comfortably in the first game of the second set, but was still unable to put any pressure on the Henin serve, though, with the Belgian playing an impeccable baseline game.

A crashing forehand winner gave Henin her first match point in game nine. Petrova swung wildly in an attempt to pull out a winner but the ball flashed wide.

Clijsters then set about securing victory in the same style, breaking Dementieva in the first game as the Russian served a double fault on the crucial point.

Dementieva continued to pile up unforced errors, allowing Clijsters to take the set in only 14 minutes.

Like Petrova, the Russian improved in the second set, staying with her opponent until game five.

Clijsters missed her first break point of the second set, blasting a forehand wide of the open court, but she made her second as Dementieva put a simple forehand long.

The Russian saved a match point in game 10 with a brilliant return winner down the line but a stunning Clijsters serve out wide at 40-30 gave her no chance and the Belgian leapt from the court to take the congratulations of her teammates.