MOSCOW (Agencies) - Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won their reverse singles and paired up to win the doubles match on Sunday as Russia staged a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat France 3-2 in the World Group first round. France stung highly favoured Russia on Saturday, when Alize Cornet and Virginie Razzano swept the opening singles. Cornet rallied to beat two-time major winner Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Razzano then took a 6-3, 6-4 victory over three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. Pavlyuchenkova, replacing Sharapova, narrowed the gap, beating Cornet 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Kuznetsova downed Razzano 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's second reverse singles to leave the tie to be decided by the doubles match. The Russians beat Alize Cornet and Julie Coin, 7-6 (4), 6-0. Russia was broken while serving for the first set at 5-4 but prevailed in a tiebreaker. Kuznetsova and Pavlyuchenkova completely dominated the second set and won the match on the third match point. Kuznetsova said they both had problems in the beginning of the match because of a lack of doubles practice. "I like to play doubles and feel very comfortable in it, but I need time to adapt," Kuznetsova said. "We relaxed after winning the tiebreaker and making an early break in the second set. We started to play more simply and aggressively." Cornet said it was her fault that France lost the doubles match. France captain Nicolas Escudo said that no one could have predicted that France would be leading 2-0. In her singles match, Kuznetsova broke in the ninth game of each set against Razzano and closed the match with an overhead smash on her second match point. "We'd played a couple of mentally and physically tough games before I equalized 4-4 in the second set," Rosanne said. "I relaxed then a bit and lost concentration. I tried to level at 5-5 but luck was not on my side. It was Pavlyuchenkova's first Fed Cup win in three matches. She also lost to Francesca Schiavone of Italy in reverse singles in her debut, the 2009 semi-finals. Russia captain Shamil Tarpischev said Sharapova had failed to recover after the Australian Open, was not serving well and there was no sense taking a risk with her on the second day. Russia will host two-time defending champion Italy in the semi-finals on April 16-17. Four-time Fed Cup champion Russia remained undefeated in nine home series since losing to France in the semi-finals in 2003. Russia's comeback was only its fourth since the Fed Cup moved to a best-of-five format in 1995. Belgium take unbeatable lead: In Antwerp, Australian Open winner Kim Clijsters came from behind to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-7 (10), 6-2, 6-1 Sunday to give Belgium an insurmountable 3-0 lead over the United States and a place in the semi-finals of the Fed Cup World Group. Mattek-Sands gave the US team its first set of the weekend when she outlasted Clijsters in the tiebreaker.