posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 11:49 AM
INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Barbara Schwartz beat Lisa Raymond 10-8 in the third set Sunday to clinch Austria's upset of the United States in the Fed Cup
Coupled with Barbara Schett's 6-3, 6-2 victory over Chanda Rubin in the day's opening match, Schwartz's 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 10-8 victory gave Austria a
3-1 lead in the best-of-5 series.
"It's an unbelievable performance," Schett said. "Reaching the semifinals for the second time in three years is a great accomplishment for a country
Also reaching the semifinals were Russia and France, while Belgium led Spain in the fourth quarterfinal. A new draw will determine the semifinal
The United States has won the Fed Cup 17 times and reached the semifinals in 35 of the competition's 41 years.
But Raymond and Rubin gave the United States a third-string squad, because such stars as Venus and Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer
Capriati opted not to play.