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Date: Feb 13, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, PARIS
Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen defeated Russia’s Anna Blinkova 6-3, 7-5 in the second
singles rubber of their Fed Cup World Group II tie at the Druzhba Arena in Moscow on Saturday to square the contest 1-1 after the first day’s play.
Taiwan had fallen behind earlier when Ekaterina Makarova beat Lee Ya-hsuan 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in 2 hours, 18 minutes in the opening singles rubber.
The Russian world No. 39 fired down seven aces and converted seven of 17 break points, winning 105 of the 198 points contested to overpower the Taiwanese world No. 258.
However, world No. 121 Chang converted eight of 16 break points, winning 74 of the 130 points contested against 160th-ranked Blinkova in 1 hour, 23 minutes to level the tie going into yesterday’s reverse singles and doubles rubbers. [FULL STORY]