Zee Sports to showcase Fed Cup action in September

MUMBAI: Zee Sports will air the semi finals of the women team tennis event Fed Cup live from 15 to 16 September 2006.

In the first semi final, Spain will take on Italy. In the second semi final, Belgium will clash with USA for top honours.

In the first semi final, Spain will take on Italy. This is the fourth contest between the two nations, with the countries tied with two wins each. The last time they met was at the round robin stage of the World Group in 2000 where Spain defeated Italy 3-0, and subsequently went on to reach the final.

The line up of the Spanish team includes Anabel Medina Garrigues,Virginia Ruano Pascual, Lourdes Dominguez-Lino, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo with Miguel Margets as captain. The Italian team will be led by Corrado Barazzutti. Other players of the team are Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Mara Santangelo and Romina Oprandi.

In the second semi final, Belgium will clash with the US. This is the fourth meeting between the two nations. America enjoys a 4-0 lead. The last time they met was in the 2005 opening round in Delray Beach, Florida, where USA easily overcame an injury-hit Belgium 5-0.

The line up for Belgium includes Kim Clijsters, Leslie Butkiewicz, Kirsten Flipkens and Caroline Maes. America's team will consist of Jill Craybas, Jamea Jackson, Vania King and Mashona Washington.

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