Francesca Schiavone gets Fed Cup nod

Updated: January 25, 2011, 12:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Australian fans have seen plenty of Francesca Schiavone and won't have to wait long to see her again, as she was selected Tuesday to lead Italy's team against Australia in the first round of the Fed Cup on Feb. 5-6.

Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were also picked for Italy's squad, which remains unchanged after winning the past two Fed Cups.

Schiavone's 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 win Sunday over Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Australian Open lasted 4 hours, 44 minutes, setting a Grand Slam record for the longest women's singles match. The Italian later lost to top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

Australia already selected Samantha Stosur, Jarmila Groth, Anastasia Rodionova and Rennae Stubbs to its team.

The Czech Republic also released its Fed Cup roster for its match against Slovakia, announcing that Australian Open quarterfinalist Petra Kvitova will lead the team.

The 28th-ranked Kvitova, who will play second-seeded Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals in Melbourne on Wednesday, will be accompanied by No. 35 Lucie Safarova and No. 63 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

Veteran doubles specialist Kveta Peschke is the fourth member of the Czech team that was announced on Tuesday by captain Petr Pala for the Feb. 5-6 event at Sibamac Arena in the Slovak capital of Bratislava.

The Czechs, who have reached the semifinals in the last two years, have won all three previous encounters against Slovakia.

The two countries formed one state -- Czechoslovakia -- until 1993.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.