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Fed Cup: Semifinal showdown

Updated 1332 GMT (2132 HKT) April 23, 2012
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Spearheading Serbia's Fed Cup semifinal match against Russia is 24-year-old Ana Ivanovic. The former world No.1 has enjoyed a recent return to form, rising seven places since the end of 2011 to be ranked 15th in the world. AFP/Getty Images
Serbia will make history when they compete in a Fed Cup final four tie for the first time. Here the team (L-R) Bojana Jovanovski, Natalija Kostic, captain Dejan Vranes, Aleksandra Krunic and Jelena Jankovic celebrate after winning the Fed Cup tie against Belgium in Charleroi in February. AFP/Getty Images
Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski celebrates her victory with coach Dejan Vranes after she helped to beat Belgium in Charleroi. AFP/Getty Images
Russia's semifinal chances have been thrown into doubt with the loss of world No. 2 Maria Sharapova to injury. AFP/Getty Images
Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, will play a big role in the Czech Republic's defense of their Fed Cup title against Italy in the other semifinal. The world No. 3 is hoping for a return to form after injury and illness plagued her last two months. AFP/Getty Images
The Czech team will have to reverse a four-tie losing streak against Italy if they are to reach the final. The 2010 champions will be led by Francesca Schiavone, who also won the French Open that year. Schiavone will lead off against Lucie Safarova. AFP/Getty Images