Agence France-PresseOctober 23, 2013 11:16
Russia have no chance of winning their Fed Cup final against Italy in Cagliari, team captain Shamil Tarpishchev said on Wednesday.
Announcing a young, severely-depleted side for the tie, to be played on November 2 and 3, Tarpishchev was frank about the outcome.
The team features Alexandra Panova, ranked 138th in the world, Alisa Kleibanova, 186th, Irina Khromacheva (231) and Margarita Gasparyan (317).
"Frankly speaking we have practically no chances to win the final," Tarpishchev said. "We're going there not to win but to give our young tennis players experience."