Schiavone, who won at Roland Garros in 2010, is at No. 11 in the WTA rankings. Pennetta is at No. 20, Vinci No. 25 and Errani No. 48.
No. 1 in the Fed Cup rankings, Italy won the trophy in 2006, 2009 and 2010. The team holds a 3-0 record over Ukraine, including a 4-1 victory at Kharkiv in the first round in 2010.