Sunday, February 8, 2009

Italy goes to Fed Cup semifinal

Italy has sent a strong message to its Fed Cup host nation by winning all four of the rubbers played this weekend. The first day, Flavia Pennetta defeated Amelie Mauresmo and Francesca Schiavone defeated Alize Cornet. Today, Pennetta easily defeated Cornet, 6-2, 6-2, and Sara Errani defeated Mauresmo, 6-3, 6-4. Italy also won the doubles rubber, 6-4, 6-4.

Joining Italy in the top half of the draw is Russia, who ended the weekend with a 5-0 lead over China. China had to play without the injured Zheng Jie.

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