US, Russia level in Hopman Cup match

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Taylor Dent of the United States beat Russia's Yuri Schukin 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday to level their Hopman Cup round-robin match at 1-1.

US, Russia level in Hopman Cup match

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Taylor Dent of the United States beat Russia's Yuri Schukin 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday to level their Hopman Cup round robin match at 1-1 and send it to a deciding mixed doubles.Schukin was called into the Russian team after the injury withdrawals of Marat Safin and Teimuraz Gabashvili.Earlier, 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lisa Raymond on indoor hardcourts at the Burswood Dome.Kuznetsova reached a career-high No 4 ranking in October 2004 following her US Open win, beating Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce en route to her first Grand Slam title.High expectationsBut the 20-year-old Kuznetsova couldn't repeat that form in 2005, slumping to No 18 and reaching just one final at Warsaw, where she lost to Justin Henin-Hardenne.Kuznetsova said she had difficulty dealing with high expectations last year. "I put a lot of pressure on myself,'' she said. On Wednesday, Argentina plays Germany and Russia plays Sweden.Russia, the United States, Sweden and Serbia-Montenegro play in Group A while Argentina, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands are in Group B. The group winners play in the final on Friday.



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