Italy has lost 1-4 to the Czech Republic in the semifinals of the Fed Cup. After three matches, the Czechs had a 3-0 lead and were already through to the final. Sara played the 2nd match, on saturday. She put up a good fight against Petra Kvitova, but lost 4-6, 3-6 in the end. On sunday, she played the two so-called dead rubbers, when the tie was already decided. Sara won the 4th singles match (and Italy’s only point this weekend), against Andrea Hlavackova: 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, she teamed up with Flavia Pennetta, but at 6-5 in the first set Pennetta was forced to retire with a wrist injury.
As Sara has withdrawn from the tournament in Stuttgart next week, she has a week off now, and will return to the courts in Budapest.