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United States falls to Italy in Fed Cup in Cleveland
First time the Fed Cup has been held in Ohio since its 1963 inception

Kabir Bhatia
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For the second year in a row, Italy topped the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup, held in Cleveland over the weekend.

The women's equivalent to the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup was held in Ohio for the first time since its inception in 1963. 

Karin Knapp defeated Pittsburgh native Alison Riske to secure the win for defending champs Italy, dropping the U.S. 3-1.

Lauren Davis, from Gates Mills, made her Fed Cup debut, and provided a bright spot by combining with Madison Keys to defeat Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci in a world group doubles match.

The United States has won the Fed Cup 17 times, the last time in 2000. The U.S. has been runner-up three times since. This year, top players like Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens were out with injuries. Italy now faces either Spain or the Czech Republic in the semifinals in April.
United States falls to Italy in Fed Cup in Cleveland

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