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19 March 2010


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Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal between Italy and Czech Republic will be held in Rome on 24-25 April.

The tie will be played outdoors on red clay at the Foro Italico Stadio "Nicola Pietrangeli". The venue has a capacity of 4,000, and will be staging Fed Cup for the first time.

Italy and Czech Republic have met on six previous occasions, with the head-to-head score currently level. Italy, however, has won the last three ties between the two nations, most recently in 2005.

Italy is the defending champion, having claimed its second title by defeating USA in last year's Final. In the first round, Corrado Barazzutti's side claimed a 4-1 victory over Ukraine in Kharkiv.

The Czech team has won the title five times, with all its victories coming between 1975 and 1988. Czech Republic reached the semifinals by clinching a 3-2 win over Germany in the first round in Brno, with the tie being decided on the doubles rubber.

In the other semifinal, USA faces Russia at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

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