A picture taken late on Feb. 4, 2016 shows Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova attending the Fed Cup dinner in Moscow. AFP PHOTO / ANDREI GOLOVANOV
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Maria Sharapova remained on course for the Rio Olympics as the five-time Grand Slam champion was Friday named in Russia's doubles team for their Fed Cup first-round tie against the Netherlands in Moscow this weekend.Russian team skipper Anastasia Myskina then announced the country's top-ranked player Sharapova, the world number six, will play in the tie's concluding doubles rubber alongside 18-year-old Darya Kasatkina.Under qualification rules, a player must be nominated three times in an Olympic cycle in order to be eligible for the Games in Rio in August.Sharapova won all four Fed Cup rubbers she played in 2015 including the two singles matches in the final which Russia lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic.
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