Defending champions Russia beat Israel 4-1 to reach the Fed Cup semifinals which will be held in April.
Russian world number seven Anna Chakvetadze secured the tie after seeing off Israel’s Tzipi Obziler 6-4 6-2.
Dinara Safina and Elena Vesnina completed the victory by beating Shahar Peer and Obziler in the dead doubles rubber 6-0 1-6 6-4.
Earlier, Maria Sharapova crushed Israel’s number one Shahar Peer 6-1 6-1 to give the Russians a 2-1 lead. Sharapova was not at all surprised that Peer, ranked 17th in the world, managed to win only two games. “I have a good past record against her and I was not surprised… I hit a very powerful flat ball and she is more defensive, so it does not surprise me,” said the Australian Open champion.