Russia wins incredible final to take Fed Cup by BNP Paribas
In one of the most dramatic weekends possible, Russia has retained the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas after a titanic struggle against a valiant France.
In the gathering gloom and with the clock showing 19:55 local time, a forehand return from Amelie Mauresmo sailed long, and the scratch pairing of Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina had defeated Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce 64 16 63.
It was an unbelievably tense one hour 47 minute final rubber, with all four players giving everything for their countries. Tennis - sport even - doesn't come any more passionate and dramatic than this.