MOSCOW: Elena Dementieva trounced Iva Majoli 6-1, 6-4 to give Russia a commanding 2-0 lead against Croatia after the opening day of their Fed Cup first round, World Group tie yesterday.
Russian number one Anastasia Myskina beat Karolina Sprem, who was making her singles Fed Cup debut, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 in the first match to put the host nation on the right track.
Dementieva, fresh from winning her first career title last weekend at Amelia Island, was barely challenged by the former French Open champion and captured the opening set in just 19 minutes.
In Bree,Belgium,Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne proved their class to give Belgium a commanding 2-0 lead over Austria.
World number two Clijsters shrugged off the rustiness of being out of action for a month to beat Evelyn Fauth 4-6,6-2,6-2 before the in-form Henin-Hardenne turned in an impressive display to crush Patricia Wartusch 6-2,6-1 to extend Belgium's lead in the best-of-five matches encounter.
Off the circuit since the end of March,Clijsters looked a little ragged in the early stages but recovered well to beat Fauth in one hour 41 minutes. – Agencies