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Team-before-self mentality serves Italians well

Updated: November 9, 2009, 11:43 AM ET
By Sandra Harwitt, ESPN.com

REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy -- The Cinderella story of the 2009 U.S. Fed Cup team has come to a disappointing end. The dark cloud cover on Sunday matched the mood of the Americans, rather than the jubilation of the victorious Italians, who won the Fed Cup for only the second time in history.

Flavia Penetta, Italy's leadoff player in the finale being held at Reggio Calabria, lifted her team to an insurmountable 3-0 lead when she hit a final backhand passing shot to take out Melanie Oudin 7-5, ...

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