• Kyodo


Japan and Netherlands are honors even after the first day of play Saturday in their Fed Cup World Group II playoff.

Kurumi Nara ground down Arantxa Rus 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 to give the Japanese the lead, before Dutch No. 1 Kiki Bertens leveled the tie by beating Misaki Doi 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).

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