Saturday, April 25, 2009

Italy 2-0 against defending champion in Fed Cup

My two favorite Fed Cup teams are Italy and Spain because they put everything they have into the competition. Today, after her three-set win over Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti said of Francesca Schiavone, "Francesca is a player made for this competition."

Schiavone--possibly the most exciting player in all Fed Cup competition--defeated Kuznetsova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. Earlier in the day, Flavia Pennetta picked up a surprisingly poor season by defeating Anna Chakvtadze 6-4, 6-0.

Pennetta is now scheduled to play Kuznetsova, and Schiavone is scheduled to play Chakvetadze, but don't be surprised if Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev substitutes another player for Chakvetadze. He has both Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova available. The two of them, in fact, are scheduled to play doubles against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

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