Zvonareva, Kuznetsova lead Russia vs. Italy
Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Makarova have been picked in the Russia team to face two-time defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals.
The third-ranked Zvonareva is back for the first time since playing in the title-winning team against Spain in 2008. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last season.
Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion currently ranked 14th, and No. 21 Pavlyuchenkova won their reverse singles and paired up to win the doubles in Russia's stunning comeback win against France from 2-0 down in the first round in February.
The 39th-ranked Makarova has a 1-1 record in Fed Cup.
The tie will be played on a hard court at Megasport Arena on April 16-17.
Four-time champion Russia is undefeated in nine home series since losing to France in the 2003 semifinals.
Russia holds a 4-1 advantage with Italy's sole victory coming in the 2009 semifinals. Both nations have dominated the Fed Cup since 2004, winning seven titles between them.