Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March, 2004, 19:34 GMT 20:34 UK
Fed Cup call for Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova needs Fed Cup experience to qualify for the Olympics
Teenager Maria Sharapova could make her Fed Cup debut for Russia in April as the country moves to ensure she can play in the Athens Olympics in August.

Fellow teenage prodigies Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova could also face Australia in the World Group tie.

Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev said the trio needed Fed Cup experience to be eligible for the Olympics.

"We want all three, Sharapova, Safina and Kuznetsova, to be eligible for the Athens Olympics," said Tarpischev.

Sharapova, 16, has already established herself by winning two WTA titles, reaching Wimbledon's fourth round in 2003 and the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.

Kuznetsova, 18, also has two WTA titles to her credit.




RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport