MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia have suffered an injury blow ahead of this weekend's Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic after team leader Vera Zvonareva failed to recover from a shoulder injury. Team skipper Shamil Tarpishchev has been forced to make a last-minute replacement of the seventh-ranked Zvonareva by including Elena Vesnina in his squad for the women's team tennis showdown at Moscow Olympic Stadium. "We don't see ourselves as favourites," said Tarpishchev, whose side are bidding for a fifth title. "Judging by the latest results I'd say the Czech team are looking favourites as our girls have failed to win any trophies in the recent months." Maria Kirilenko, ranked 27, faces a tough opener against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who comes into the final full of confidence after winning the season-ending WTA championships in Istanbul to become world number two. Svetlana Kuznetsova, currently 19th, and Czech Lucie Safarova, ranked five places below, complete the opening day's schedule. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina will team up for a potentially key doubles showdown on Sunday agaisnt Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke. "The Fed Cup is a completely different competition standing apart from the WTA circuit tournaments," said Pavlyuchenkova. "Everybody is feeling a very special responsibility and the regular rankings mean almost nothing in the Fed Cup matches. The team spirit and the quality of preparations in the last days before the start will decide the winner." The Czech Republic are bidding to lift their first Fed Cup since 1988, when the former Czechoslovakia won the prestigious trophy for the fifth time. Draw for the Fed Cup World Group final tie: Saturday Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Petra Kvitova (CZE) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) Sunday Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Petra Kvitova (CZE) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Lucie Safarova (CZE) Anastasia Pavlyuachenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Lucie Hradecka/Kveta Peschke (CZE).