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Italy win the Fed Cup

2009-11-09 13:08 BJT

Italy surged to its second Fed Cup title by destroying the United States in the final. Italian Flavia Pennetta took on American Melanie Oudin in the first of the two reverse singles.

Italy's Flavia Pennetta reacts as she wins over US Melanie Oudin during their Fed Cup World group final's match in Reggio Calabria. Italy have claimed their second Fed Cup title in three years as Pennetta cruised to a 7-5, 6-2 win against American teenager Oudin. (AFP/Vincenzo Pinto) 
Italy's Flavia Pennetta reacts as
she wins over US Melanie Oudin
during their Fed Cup World group
final's match in Reggio Calabria.
Italy have claimed their second
Fed Cup title in three years as
Pennetta cruised to a 7-5, 6-2 win
against American teenager Oudin.
(AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

The world number 11 Pennetta put Italy ahead when she comfortably beat Alexa Glatch on Saturday. This time, Oudin gave her an early boost when the 18-year-old surrendered her serve in the first game. Pennetta showed she was the better player through much of the first set, but suffered a wobble when Oudin broke back at 5-5. The American then double faulted to lose serve in the next game and hand back the advantage to the Italian. Pennetta quickly sealed the set 7-5.

Oudin played as the top-ranked American entrant in this Fed Cup tie as 49th in the world. But she fell apart in the second set and lost her serve three more times, giving Pennetta the luxury of dropping her own service once before securing a 7-5, 6-2 victory in front of nearly 4,000 noisy Italian fans. Since Italy claimed the overall Fed Cup victory, the fourth singles match between Francesca Schiavone and Glatch was scrapped. That left Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to entertain the crowd with a win over Vania King and Liezel Huber in the doubles. Errani and Vinci won 4-6, 6-3, and 11-9 in a super tie-break instead of a third set. It was Italy's first triumph over the U-S, which holds the record with 17 Fed Cup titles in 10 tries.