Serena "confirmed" that she's planning to play Fed Cup. I use quotes because, well, Serena says a lot of things. I'll believe it when she actually serves a ball in Italy.
I stumbled on this quote by an Italian journalist on the Fed Cup site:
The Italian media made the most of Pennetta getting to the top 10 in August, though a few experienced tennis watchers felt the adulation was a little excessive. “It was presented as the biggest thing for our tennis,” says the veteran Italian tennis journalist and commentator Rino Tommasi, “which is very stupid. We have been a bit lucky in Fed Cup, and our men players are so terrible at the moment that it makes the women’s achievements seem bigger than they are. I think it makes people think we can beat the USA, but if Serena plays, it could be decided for the Americans before the doubles.”
Uh, sexist much? Whatever, Rolo Tomassi. You're probably not even real.
I find it a little interesting that Serena is "committing" to Fed Cup given the fact that (1) her leg is taped up and (2) it's being played on clay. That's a lot of grind on a body that's already had a tough year.