The Russian Fed Cup team for the semifinal Russia contests against Italy will be made up of Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Ekaterina Makarova.
In her Fed Cup interview, Flavia Pennetta says Schiavone's "the boss."
Patty Schnyder has opted not to play in Switzerland's next Fed Cup tie against Australia because it will be played on grass. Timea Bacsinzky will not play, either. Bacsinsky missed the first part of the season, and wants to focus solely on her clay court game.
And finally, Alicia Molik has been named coach of Australia's junior Fed Cup team