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Suarez beats Morita to give Spain win over Japan in Fed Cup

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Associated Press
4/21/2013 10:14:31 AM
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Spain won a reverse singles and a doubles match to beat Japan 4-0 in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.

Carla Suarez downed Ayumi Morita 6-3, 7-5 to give Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead before doubles pair Anabel Medina and Lourdes Dominguez polished off Misaki Doi and Shuko Aoyama 6-4, 7-5 in a meaningless doubles.

"We are all very happy we are now in the World Group," Suarez said. "For us it was a very good tie and we are happy to be there again. The most important thing was winning this match and winning the playoff."

Suarez, who won Spain's first point by defeating Doi on Saturday, used her reliable serve to take the first set. Japan's No. 1 saved one set point before sending her approach shot into the net to fall behind.

Suarez missed a chance to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, letting Morita rally to level at 5-5.

But the Spaniard served out her next game from love before breaking Morita's serve to clinch the match in 1 hour, 48 minutes, when Morita couldn't return her deep forehand.

"When it was 5-5 I tried to concentrate as much as I could on my serve, and in the end my serve was enough," Suarez said. "(Spain captain) Conchita (Martinez) said to think point by point and not to dwell on what had happened, and the end of the game ended up working out really well."

Japan didn't win a set in four matches on the outdoor clay court at Real Club de Polo tennis club.

Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa had also beaten Morita in a singles match on Saturday.

"I tried my best today," Morita said. "I think I had chances like yesterday, but I wasn't able to take them. I would have preferred to play her on a hard court but she was very strong and played well. I learnt a lot of things from today's match."

Spain tennis players celebrate (Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)

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(Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images)
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