2010 Fed Cup final preview

Italy and USA will meet in San Diego this week end for a rematch of last year’s Fed Cup final, won by Pennetta and co 4-0 in Reggio Calabria.
Even though USA lead their head-to-head 9 to 1, italian players are the big favorites in the absence of Serena and Venus Williams. All 4 members of the italian team (Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani) are better ranked than the best US player: Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Hard courts are obviously not Francesca’s and Flavia’s best surface, but they will be both boosted by their recent good results: Schiavone qualified for the first time for the WTA championships whereas Pennetta captured the doubles WTA Championships with partner Gisela Dulko last week.

The US team (Mattek, Melanie Oudin, Coco Vandeweghe, Liezel Huber) looks like Italy’s total opposite: the team is pretty much inexperienced and the singles players (Mattek and Oudin) are all but consistent players. Will they be inspired by the support of the home crowd?

Having won the title 17 times, USA is the most successful nation in Fed Cup, although its most recent triumph was in 2000. Italy is a two-time Fed Cup champion – winning in 2006 and 2009 – and is playing in its fourth Final in five years.

Who will win the 2010 Fed Cup Final?

  • Italy (76%, 16 Votes)
  • USA (24%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 1

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