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Italy shorthanded for Fed Cup semi
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Italy shorthanded for Fed Cup semi

Published Apr. 6, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Two-time defending champion Italy will be without regulars Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta for its Fed Cup semifinal in Russia next week.

The fourth-ranked Schiavone announced last week she will skip the tie to prepare for the clay-court season and the defense of her French Open title.

The 20th-ranked Pennetta pulled out with a shoulder problem.

Captain Corrado Barazzutti instead called up No. 37 Roberta Vinci, No. 43 Sara Errani, No. 95 Alberta Brianti and No. 123 Maria Elena Camerin.

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It's the first callup for Brianti, and the first in six years for Camerin.

Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova are on Russia's team for the April 16-17 semifinal in Moscow.

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