Serbian newspapers praise women after Fed Cup win

tennis Belgrade - Serbia was hailed as a "superpower" in women's tennis by the national media on Monday after a Fed Cup win over Spain propelled the small Balkan country to the World Group. The Serbian team, which includes two former WTA top players Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, beat Spain 4-0 in Lleida over the weekend.

"Serbians join the elite" "Jelena and Ana in high society" and "Serbia a world power" were some of the headlines dominating the sports pages in the local press.

Most papers carried quotes by Ivanovic and Jankovic saying Serbia "can defeat anybody" and would "be Fed Cup title contenders next year."

The 2009 Fed Cup final pits Italy, which defeated double-title defenders Russia, against the United States in November. Serbia has never before competed in the Fed Cup World Group. (dpa)