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Tennis: Morita closer to first title in Malaysia

Japan's Ayumi Morita edged closer to winning her first ever WTA title after reaching the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open on Friday. The fourth seed had to dig deep in the quarter-final before getting the better of qualifier Luksika Kumkhum. The Thai gave as good as she got before Morita stepped up through the gears to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1. "I'm very happy to be in my fourth career semi-finals. I hope to continue doing my best and try to go further this time," she said.

CORRECTED: Tennis: Russia edge Japan to reach Fed Cup semis

Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova put Russia into the Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday when they secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Ayumi Morita and Misaki Doi for a 3-2 victory. Four-time champions Russia will host Slovakia, who edged 2012 runners-up Serbia 3-2, in April's semi-finals. Russia and Japan had been locked 1-1 overnight before the Asian outsiders went 2-1 up when Morita defeated Vesnina, standing in for the unwell Maria Kirilenko, 6-4, 6-1. Makarova then levelled at 2-2 by easing past veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-1.

Tennis: Russia edge Japan to reach Fed Cup semis

Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova put Russia into the Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday when they secured a 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Ayumi Morita and Misaki Doi for a 3-2 victory. Four-time champions Russia will host Slovakia, who edged 2012 runners-up Serbia 3-2, in April's semi-finals. Russia and Japan had been locked 1-1 overnight before the Asian outsiders went 2-1 up when Morita defeated Vesnina, standing in for the unwell Maria Kirilenko, 6-4, 6-1. Makarova then levelled at 2-2 by easing past veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-1.

Tennis: Morita gives Japan 2-1 lead against Russia

Ayumi Morita gave Japan a 2-1 lead against Russia in their Fed Cup World Group first round tie with a comprehensive straight sets win over Elena Vesnina here on Sunday. Morita won 6-4, 6-1 in one hour 32 minutes to record her second win over Vesnina in their third head-to-head meeting. "I wanted to win very much today and now I'm lucky because I managed to do it," said Morita. "I played well in both my encounters here and I'm really pleased with my performance this weekend."
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