Friday, November 5, 2010

Fed Cup final to be played this weekend

Defending champions Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, and Roberta Vinci of Italy will play team USA this weekend in the 2010 Fed Cup final. The final will be held on a hard court in San Diego, with team USA represented by Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Liezel Huber, and Coco Vandeweghe.

The draw ceremony took place today. The opening rubber will feature 2010 French Open champion Schiavone against Vandeweghe. In the second match, Pennetta will play Mattek-Sands. Sunday's matches will feature Pennetta against Vandeweghe, and Schiavone against Mattek-Sands. The doubles rubber will be played for Italy by Errani and Vinci, and the USA's doubles team will be complosed of Oudin and Huber. The rules allow for changes to be made, and it is not unusual for captains to make them.

Italy defeated the USA 4-0 in last year's Fed Cup final; Italy also won the Fed Cup title in 2006. The USA is now 9-1 against Italy; however, the USA team won its last title in 2000.

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