Italy reaches Fed Cup final

Roberta Vinci put Italy into the Fed Cup final, beating Lucie
Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Monday in a series
postponed a day because of rain.

Vinci gave Italy a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five playoff against
the defending champion. The match was played before a sparse crowd,
with most visiting fans having traveled home Sunday.

Italy will play for the championship in November against Russia,
which defeated Slovakia in Sunday’s other semifinal.

Vinci recovered from a 5-3 deficit in the second set to serve
for the match at 6-5. Safarova broke back to force the tiebreaker,
which she dominated. Vinci then broke for a 5-3 lead in the third
set before winning on her third match point.

The final doubles match was canceled.