MOSCOW Russia's Ekaterina Makarova pulled Russia level at 2-2 with Slovakia in their Fed Cup semi-final battle on Sunday, beating Daniela Hantuchova in a tough three-setter here. Makarova won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours 29 minutes to record her first ever win over Hantuchova in three attempts."Today I was in control in all three sets but failed to avoid mistakes and lost the second set," Makarova said. "But I was hoping to clinch my first win over Hantuchova and luckily, I managed to do it. And I still have enough power to play doubles." Earlier on Sunday, Maria Kirilenko beat Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 7-5, 6-1 to reduce the arrears to 2-1. Kirilenko, ranked 13th in the world, made light work of an opponent she has now beaten in three of their four meetings as she triumphed in 1hr 41min.Kvitova keeps Czechs aliveFormer Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova defeated Sara Errani 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 to keep defending champions, the Czech Republic alive in their Fed Cup semi-final against Italy on Sunday. Trailing 2-0 overnight on the clay courts of Palermo, the Czechs, who were also champions in 2011, were looking at defeat before Kvitova's heroics.With rain having already disrupted play, the decision was then taken to complete the tie on Monday with the eventual winners to face either Russia or Slovakia in November's final. Roberta Vinci is due to face Lucie Safarova where a win for the Czech player would see the semi-final decided by the doubles.Safarova and Vinci are tied 1-1 in their previous head to heads, with Vinci winning their only past meeting on clay in Acapulco in 2009. Flavia Pennetta and Francesa Schiavone are then slated to face Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. But Italy coach Corrado Barrazzutti could opt to select Australian, French and US Open champions Errani and Vinci to play.