Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, celebrates her victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, during their Fed Cup tennis match between Russia and Netherlands in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Alexander Zemlianichenko
February 07, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) Last year's finalist Russia suffered a surprise first-round defeat in the Fed Cup on Sunday as the Netherlands built an unassailable 3-0 lead.

With Russian No. 1 Maria Sharapova only scheduled to play the final doubles rubber because of a shoulder injury, Russia had suffered two losses on the opening day before Kiki Bertens secured the win for the Dutch in Sunday's first rubber, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4.

Kuznetsova had come into her encounter with Bertens tired from a four-hour marathon loss to Richel Hogenkamp on Saturday, the longest rubber in Fed Cup history.

The Dutch, without a player ranked in the top 100, had been considered major underdogs against a Russian team whose lowest ranked player, Daria Kasatkina, is No. 61.

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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
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Double Bogey (+2)