The Fed Cup 2013 last clash for the opening round features the returning World Group member Italy against the USA. Italy has the advantage of playing at the home court as it faces USA at 105 Stadium in Rimini, Italy.
The last time both teams faced each other was in the 2010 finals held in San Diego. Italy overpowered the young U.S. team led by Melanie Oudin who actually beat newly minted French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. But that was the only win scored by the Americans as Italy won with 3-1.
This time, the tie will open as American Jamie Hampton will face seventh ranked Sara Errani in the starting match on Saturday.
21st ranked Varvara Lepchenko will play Roberta Vinci in second singles on the indoor red clay court in Rimini, Italy.
Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens are injured, so Hampton and Lepchenko will make their Fed Cup singles debuts.
After reverse singles, Sunday’s doubles features Nastassja Burnett and Karin Knapp for Italy against Liezel Huber and Melanie Oudin of the United States.
The team who will stand victorious will advance to the semifinals stage in April to compete against the winner of the Czech Republic vs. Australia clash. The losing side will head to the World Group Play-offs and will play against one of the winners of the World Group II matchups for the chance to be in the world Group in 2014.
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