USA had an unbeaten record against Italy before last year’s Final, which the Italians won 4-0 in Reggio Calabria. The head-to-head score between the two nations now stands at 9-1.
Having won the title 17 times, USA is the most successful nation in Fed Cup, although its most recent triumph was in 2000. To reach the Final, the Americans defeated France 4-1 and Russia 3-2.
Italy is a two-time Fed Cup champion - winning in 2006 and 2009 - and is playing in its fourth Final in five years. Corrado Barazzutti’s team defeated Ukraine 4-1 and Czech Republic 5-0 en route to the Final.