Roundup: Australia reaches semis

Updated: February 9, 2014, 4:58 PM ET
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HOBART, Australia -- Sam Stosur beat Victoria Kan 6-2, 6-3 Sunday to give Australia a winning 3-0 lead over Russia in their Fed Cup World Group tie, lifting the Australians into the semifinals for the first time in 20 years.

Stosur, the world No. 16 and former U.S. Open champion, had too much power for 158th-ranked Kan, winning 24 of 25 points on first serve. Russia altered its lineup to send the 18-year-old Kan into action in the reverse singles but wasn't able to break Australia's grip on the tie.

Stosur and Casey Dellacqua had given Australia a 2-0 lead Saturday when they comfortably won their opening singles.

Australia last played in a Fed Cup semifinal in 1993 on its way to the final against Spain. Russia, which made the final last year, are without their 13 top-ranked players.

Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty later combined to beat Irina Khromacheva and Valeria Solovyeva 6-1, 6-3 in the doubles. The second reverse singles was not played.

Germany advances to semifinals

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Germany reached the semifinals after Angelique Kerber won the first reverse singles to clinch the first-round series against Slovakia 3-0.

Ninth-ranked Kerber defeated Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 7-6 (5) on the indoor hard court at Bratislava's National Tennis Center for the first German victory in the Fed Cup World Group since 2002.

Germany will face Australia in April in its first semifinal since 1995.

In the doubles, Slovakia's Jana Cepelova teamed up with Magdalena Rybarikova to beat Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 and reduce the German overall victory to 3-1.

Kerber converted her first match point in a tiebreaker when Cibulkova's forehand went wide.

Kerber broke Cibulkova three times in the opening set which she clinched with a forehand winner.

Germany took a commanding lead 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series on Saturday after Kerber overcame Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (9), 6-1 and Andrea Petkovic upset Cibulkova 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Rain delays Spain-Czech Republic

SEVILLE, Spain -- A second straight day of rain has forced more delays to the match between Spain and the Czech Republic.

The World Group first round series will now continue Monday with Spain leading 1-0. Earlier Sunday, Czech Klara Zakopalova led the second singles match against Maria Torro-Flor 6-3, 2-0.

Weather permitting, the teams will also play reverse singles and a doubles match if necessary on the red clay court on Monday.

Rain and strong wind in Seville caused a four-hour delay before Carla Suarez beat Barbora Zahlavova 6-1, 6-4 to give Spain the only point of the match so far.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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