MILAN – Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will again lead Italy’s bid to regain the Fed Cup title.
Captain Corrado Barazzutti also picked Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci on Wednesday to play Ukraine in the World Group first round on Feb. 4-5 in Biella, Italy.
Schiavone, who won at Roland Garros in 2010, is at No. 11 in the WTA rankings. Pennetta is at No. 20, Vinci No. 25 and Errani No. 48.
Ranked No. 1 in the Fed Cup rankings, Italy won the trophy in 2006, 2009 and 2010. The team holds a 3-0 record over Ukraine, including a 4-1 victory at Kharkiv in the first round in 2010.