MOSCOW, January 27 /TASS/. Maria Sharapova has been included in the Russian Federation Cup team for a quarterfinal match against the Netherlands, the Russian Tennis Federation press service said.
Apart from Sharapova, the Russian FedCup team also includes Yekaterina Makarova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Darya Kasatkina.
The FedCup quarterfinal will take place at Olimpiysky sport complex in Moscow on February 6-7.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) press service told TASS that Sharapova should not necessarly appear on the court in Russia’s match vs. the Netherlands in order to secure a berth at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. She formally needs to be part of the team at this match.
According to the ITF rules, any tennis player who wants to play at the Olympics should play in three Federation Cup matches for the national team in the four-year Olympic cycle. In 2015, Sharapova played for Russia against the teams of Poland (quarterfinal) and the Czech Republic (final).
Sharapova is five-times women’s singles Grand Slam winner; and a silver medalist of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Sharapova has 38 victories in the WTA tournaments to her credit, including 35 in singles. She won the 2008 Fed Cup together with the Russian women’s team.
The Federation Cup is the premier international team competition in women’s tennis.