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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Russia drop Sharapova for Fed Cup
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova has pulled out of Fed Cup matches twice this year
Maria Sharapova has been dropped from the Russia team for the Fed Cup final against Italy in Moscow in September.

The world number two angered Russian tennis officials after pulling out of last week's semi-final at the last minute, saying she was not fit.

"I feel it just wouldn't be right to invite Sharapova this time," said Russia team captain Shamil Tarpishchev.

Asked if he would pick Sharapova next year, Tarpishchev said he would review the situation at the end of the season.

Florida-based Sharapova is yet to make a Fed Cup appearance for her native country.

The 20-year-old also pulled out of the first-round tie against Spain in April.



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