9 Nov 2009

Italy win the Fed Cup

7:17 am on 9 November 2009

Italy have won the Fed Cup women's teams tennis title with a 4-nil victory over the United States in the final.

Flavia Pennetta charged past Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-2 in the third singles rubber to give an unassailable 3-nil lead to the hosts, who were helped by Serena and Venus Williams again opting not to compete for the U.S.

Italy, who first won the trophy in 2006 and overcame defending champions Russia in this year's semi-finals, had never beaten the Americans in nine previous Fed Cup ties.

The Americans, who have racked up a record 17 Fed Cup titles but have not lifted the trophy since 2000, continually struggled and failed to win a set in the singles.