Italy is the 2-time defending Fed Cup champion, but their team depth will be tested in their upcoming semi-final against Russia. Top singles player Francesca Schiavone and top doubles player Flavia Pennetta, also a strong singles player, will both miss the tie. Schiavone is prepping to defend her French Open championship while Pennetta is out with a shoulder injury. Team Italy will rely on Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci as their top two players along with Alberta Brianti and Maria Elena Camerin. It will be a tough task against a strong Russian team featuring Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova. This would have been a tough match up for champion Italy even with Schiavone and Pennetta.
Team Italy earlier in the year against Team Australia