Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated fellow former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to pull four-time champions Russia level with Serbia in their Fed Cup semi-final in Moscow.
Ivanovic went into the rubber leading her opponent 6-2 in previous encounters, but crucially it was Kuznetsova who won their only Fed Cup match-up in 2010.
The winner of the semi-final will likely face holders Czech Republic in November's final after the Czechs opened a 2-0 lead over Italy in Ostrava.
Jelena Jankovic had beaten Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 to put Serbia 1-0 up.
Lucie Safarova and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova handed holders Czech Republic its lead over Italy in their semi-final.
Safarova, the world number 23, beat 12th-ranked Francesca Schiavone, the former French Open winner, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 before world number three Kvitova saw off Sara Errani 6-4, 6-3.
AFPTags: tennis, sport, russian-federation First posted April 22, 2012 08:13:48