Oudin leads US against Russia in Fed Cup semi-final

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Melanie Oudin will assume the leading role when the United States meet Russia in their Fed Cup semi-final this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.

The top-ranked Williams sisters Venus and Serena are out injured so Oudin, ranked a career-high 31, will play Russian number two Alla Kudryavtseva in the opening match today.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US will then square off against world number six Elena Dementieva.

“I played Alla this year at the Australian Open and lost in a tough three-setter,” Oudin said on the US Tennis Association website (www.usta.com) yesterday.

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