[Yahoo] Dementieva wins, Russia tied with Italy (AP)

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04-23-2005, 07:01 PM
Elena Dementieva defeated Tathiana Garbin in straight sets Saturday to help defending champion Russia earn a split with Italy after two matches in their first-round Fed Cup world group series. Dementieva, ranked fifth in the world and fresh off a final last week in Charleston, S.C., beat Garbin 6-4, 6-3 on clay at Circolo Tennis in this southern Italian city.