Italy Wins Third Fed Cup

Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone led Italy to its third Fed Cup title on the weekend.

Published November 07, 2010 12:00

Italy Wins Third Fed Cup
Italian Fed Cup Team

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA - They were a perfect 2-0 on Day 1, and after a slight hiccup in the first match of Day 2, Flavia Pennetta beat Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets to wrap up another Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for Italy.

On Day 1, Francesca Schiavone beat Vandeweghe, 62 64, while Pennetta beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 76(4) 62. Melanie Oudin put the US on the board in the third singles match, routing Schiavone, 63 61, but Pennetta clinched the victory with a 61 62 win over Vandeweghe on Sunday afternoon.

"It's amazing to win a match like this," Pennetta said. "I was feeling really good on the court and I think all of the team is very happy now. It's amazing to be here. This will be with me all my life so it's really nice and really exciting."

Italy is now the sixth country in the history of Fed Cup to win three or more titles - the US has 17, Australia has seven, the Czech Republic and Spain have five and Russia has four. Italy's other two titles came in 2006 (beating Belgium in the final, 3-2) and 2009 (blanking the United States in the final, 4-0).

Oudin's win over Schiavone was her third career Top 10 victory, after beating Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva last year in Grand Slam play.

"I don't think she expected the ball to come back that many times, especially when she was trying to come in. I came up with some really good passing shots," Oudin said. "I played good defense, and offense when I had the chance."

The doubles rubber, which would have pit Oudin and Liezel Huber against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, was not played after Italy clinched the tie.

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