Pennetta to open Fed Cup final against Glatch

BY foxsports • November 6, 2009

Flavia Pennetta can settle her score with American Alexa Glatch in the opening match of the Fed Cup final.

Italy meets the United States on a slow red clay court in the best-of-five series beginning Saturday at the Rocco Polimeni club.

Glatch routed Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the French Open. That's been the only blemish on a career year for Pennetta, who won back-to-back titles in Palermo, Sicily, and Los Angeles en route to becoming the first female Italian player to reach the top 10 in August.

"I really didn't play well the first time and she had nothing to lose," said the now 11th-ranked Pennetta on Friday. "Hopefully it will go better this time. I'm going to get together a better game plan with Corrado (Barazzutti, the Italy captain)."

Glatch acknowledged that "it's going be a lot different than last time."

Francesca Schiavone, will face U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin in the second singles on Saturday. Schiavone and the 18-year-old Oudin have also met once before, with the Italian routing the youngster 6-1, 6-1 last year in Indian Wells, Calif.

Oudin, who also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this year, burst into the spotlight with her U.S. Open run. She said the last meeting with Schiavone felt like it took place "three years ago."

"She was very experienced and she handled me pretty easily. But I think I've improved a lot since then," Oudin said. "She's been playing amazing as well. We've both had good years, so I think it's going to be a really good match tomorrow."

The 16th-ranked Schiavone has tended to save her best performances for Fed Cup, when she came from a set down to defeat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals. Lately, Schiavone has also played well on tour — winning a $1 million title in Moscow and reaching the final in Osaka, Japan, last month.

in this topic