Fed Cup: Italy clinches win over Australia

Updated: February 6, 2011, 12:39 AM ET
Associated Press

HOBART, Australia -- Flavia Pennetta extended her Fed Cup winning streak to 10 matches with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jarmila Groth on Sunday, sending two-time defending champion Italy past Australia in a first-round World Group match.

Francesca Schiavone gave Italy the lead earlier Sunday, outlasting Samantha Stosur 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-5 in the first reverse singles in a rematch of last year's French Open final won by the Italian player.

Groth had scored a 6-7 (4) 6-3, 6-3 victory over Schiavone in her Cup debut for Australia on Saturday, and Stosur lost 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4 to Pennetta.

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