Defending champion Italy defeated the Czech Republic 5-0 in Fed Cup play this weekend, which means that Italy will once again play in the final, which will be held in the USA in November.
Alize Cornet of France can finally claim a Fed Cup win. She and partner Julie Coin won the deciding rubber against Germany, 6-3, 6-1 against Andrea Petkovic Kristina Barrois.
Also winning a deciding rubber was the Slovak Republic, whose defeat of Serbia places it back in the World Group for the first time in six years.
The semifinal between the USA and Russia also had to go the whole distance, with the USA's Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands winning the doubles rubber against Elena Dementieva and Alla Kudryattseva. The USA returns to the final to play Italy in November.
Here are all of the results:
WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS:
Italy def. Czech Republic 5-0
USA def. Russia 3-2
Belgium def. Estonia 3-2
Australia def. Ukraine 5-0
France def. Germany 3-2
Slovak Republic def. Serbia 3-2
WORLD GROUP II:
Spain def. Poland 4-1
Canada def. Argentina 5-0
Slovenia def. Japan 4-1
The Sweden vs. China tie is still in progress, with Sweden up 2-0.