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World Group Semifinal

20 Apr - 21 Apr 2013, Circolo del Tennis Palermo, Palermo, Italy, Clay, Outdoor

Team Nominations

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    • Sara ERRANI
    • Date of birth: 29 Apr 1987
    • Singles ranking: 11
    • Doubles ranking: 5=
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    • Roberta VINCI
    • Date of birth: 18 Feb 1983
    • Singles ranking: 20
    • Doubles ranking: 5=
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    • Flavia PENNETTA
    • Date of birth: 25 Feb 1982
    • Singles ranking: 13
    • Doubles ranking: 36
  • Team captain Corrado BARAZZUTTI
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    • Petra KVITOVA
    • Date of birth: 08 Mar 1990
    • Singles ranking: 6
    • Doubles ranking: 269
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    • Lucie SAFAROVA
    • Date of birth: 04 Feb 1987
    • Singles ranking: 26
    • Doubles ranking: 22
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    • Lucie HRADECKA
    • Date of birth: 21 May 1985
    • Singles ranking: 144
    • Doubles ranking: 11
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    • Andrea HLAVACKOVA
    • Date of birth: 10 Aug 1986
    • Singles ranking: 115
    • Doubles ranking: 12
  • Team captain Petr PALA

News from the tie

Photos

  • Italy celebrates
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE) and Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA) and captain Corrado Barazzutti
  • Italy celebrates
  • Italy celebrates
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Circolo del Tennis Palermo
  • Italy celebrates
  • Italy celebrates
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • The Czech players shelter from the rain
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Captain Corrado Barazzuti and Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Rain delays start of play in Palermo
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Italy Fed Cup team
  • Czech Republic Fed Cup team
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA) and Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE) and captain Petr Pala
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • Italy team
  • Czech team
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Sara Errani (ITA)
  • Italian team at the official dinner
  • Italian team at the official dinner
  • Czech team at the official dinner
  • Czech team at the official dinner
  • Italian team at the official dinner
  • Tie Summary

    Three-time champions Italy host a Czech Republic side bidding for its third consecutive Fed Cup title in 2013 in a box office semifinal clash. The two teams have met on eight previous occasions but though the head-to-head stands at 4-4, Italy have won four of their last five encounters. Czech Republic defeated Italy at this stage last year and have not lost a Fed Cup match since April 2010, incidentally to their next opponents.

    Italy booked a spot in their fifth straight World Group semifinal after coming back from 2-1 down to defeat USA in Rimini. Varvara Lepchenko stunned both Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani to put the visitors 2-1 up after Errani had given Italy the lead, but Vinci put the hosts back on track with a singles win over Jamie Hampton before combining with Errani to defeat Lepchenko and Huber in the deciding doubles.

    Petra Kvitova led the line for Czech Republic once again as Czech Republic defeated Australia 4-0 in the World Group first round in Ostrava. Kvitova defeated Jarmila Gajdosova and Sam Stosur, extending her record in singles rubbers to 13 wins in her last 14 matches, to add to Lucie Safarova’s surprise victory over Stosur in the second rubber. Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka compounded the visitors' misery with a comfortable win over Australian Open finalists Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the dead doubles rubber.

  • All-time head to head

    5 Total 4
    All-time head to head record

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