U.S., Spain gain Federation Cup final


NOTTINGHAM, England -- Mary Joe Fernandez outlasted Jana Novotna, 6-4, 0-6, 9-7, in an error-dominated match yesterday to lead the United States into the final of the Federation Cup.

The U.S. team will meet top-seeded Spain today.

Fernandez's victory and Jennifer Capriati's earlier 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Radka Zrubakova clinched victory for the U.S. team in its best-of-three semifinal with Czechoslovakia.

Zina Garrison and Gigi Fernandez then completed a 3-0 sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Eva Sviglerova and Regina Rajchrtova in doubles.

It will be the 20th time in 28 Federation Cup tournaments that the U.S. squad has been in the final. The Americans have won 14 times, twice as often as any other nation.

Singles victories by Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario led Spain to victory over Germany in the other semifinal.

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