Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone won their matches against the USA in Reggio Calabria today, giving Italy a 2-0 lead in the 2009 Fed Cup final. Pennetta defeated Alexa Glatch 6-3, 6-1, and Schiavone defeated Melanie Oudin 7-6, 6-2.
I didn't see the match between Pennetta and Glatch, but I did see about 2/3 of the other match. Oudin--though she dropped a 4-2 lead--looked good in what I saw of the first set; my understanding is that she was rattled by a rain delay that occurred earlier. In the second set, she made too many unforced errors to have any real momentum, and her ability to move on a clay court is clearly a liability when playing someone like Schiavone.
Pennetta will play Oudin in the third rubber. Italy needs one more win to take the title.