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Italy's Schiavone, Pennetta to play Fed Cup semis

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MILAN (AP)

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will lead Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals against defending champion Czech Republic.

Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti also picked Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci on Wednesday to play in the best-of-five home series on an indoor hard court in Ostrava on April 21-22.

Schiavone, who won at Roland Garros in 2010, is at No. 12 in the WTA rankings. Pennetta is at No. 24, while Vinci has climbed to No. 18 and Errani No. 33.

Italy is ranked No. 1 in Fed Cup and won the title in 2006, 2009 and 2010, when it stormed past the Czechs 5-0 in the semifinals.

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