Jelena Jankovic's journey to Belgrade during the volcanic ash episode was enough to wear out anyone. She took a flight from Tampa to Atlanta, waited seven hours, then got a flight to Tel Aviv. She then flew to Cypress, and finally, she flew to Belgrade. The worst part is that, because of her wrist injury, she isn't even certain that she'll play. The Serbian Fed Cup team is waiting for the doctors to examine Jankovic and make a report.
Alona Bondarenko's dog, Emily, attended the draw ceremony for Ukraine and Australia.
Clive White points out that the rain in Rome gives Italy even more of an advantage over the Czech Republic.
Tennis Channel will show the USA vs. Russia semifinal live both days.
Justine Henin broke her left little finger in training on Wednesday. She is now scheduled to play with partner Kirsten Flipkens in Belgium's Fed Cup doubles match against Estonia. Kim Clijsters and Yanina Wickmayer will play singles.