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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Row Mars Myskina's Finest Year

Anastasia Myskina capped a magnificent year for Russian tennis by leading her country to its first Fed Cup title at the weekend, but her feud with Maria Sharapova continues to cast a shadow over the country's success.

Myskina stirred up controversy last week by accusing Sharapova and her father of being disrespectful. She has said she would stop playing for Russia in the Fed Cup if Sharapova was invited to join the team.

Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev, however, has said he would welcome the Florida-based player next season, while there have been suggestions that he should dismantle the current team and build a new one around Sharapova.

"The team would be much better off centered around Sharapova and her close friends like Maria Kirilenko and Anna Chakvetadze instead of Myskina or Kuznetsova," a source within the Russian tennis federation said.

"[The current players] are just jealous of Sharapova. They resent her sudden fame and fortune."

Chakvetadze, also 17, knocked Myskina out of this year's U.S. Open in the second round.

However, Tarpishchev, who also led Russia to their first Davis Cup title in 2002, kept his cards close to his chest.

"We have certain rules in selecting the team and we intend to follow them," said Tarpishchev, who became only the third person to guide his country to Fed and Davis Cup titles, matching the feats of Frenchmen Yannick Noah and Guy Forget.

"Whatever happens next year, no one will be able to take away our achievements this year," Myskina said. "Just like our men did in 2002, we've made history for Russia."

Russian women dominated 2004, sweeping the last three Grand Slam singles titles after Myskina had become the first Russian woman to win one when she beat compatriot Yelena Dementyeva in the French Open final.

The 17-year-old Sharapova continued the trend by lifting the Wimbledon crown, and Svetlana Kuznetsova won the U.S. Open. Sharapova also triumphed at this month's season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles.

Fittingly, Russia had few problems winning the Fed Cup, although the final against a French team missing world No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo and twice Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce proved tricky.

"It was a wonderful year for our tennis and for me personally," Myskina told reporters after leading Russia to victory.

"I won a Grand Slam, reached a semifinal at the WTA Tour Championships and now this victory. You can hardly ask for anything else."

Russian women occupy four of the top six places in this year's rankings, and three more are in the top 15.

The only blemishes on an otherwise perfect resume were not winning the Australian Open or the Olympic title.

It will be hard for Russia to duplicate this year's success, but there is talk of a "Russian Grand Slam" next season.

"No one could ever predict our success this year," Myskina said. "So no one really knows what's going to happen next year."