Italy won a fourth Fed Cup title with a whitewash 4-0 victory over Russia on Sunday as No. 7-ranked Sara Errani cruised past Alisa Kleybanova before Flavia Pennetta and Karin Knapp won the dead doubles rubber.
Roberta Vinci overcame a surprisingly tough challenge by unheralded Alexandra Panova to win 5-7, 7-5, 8-6 Saturday and give Italy a 1-0 lead against Russia in the Fed Cup final.
Seventh-ranked Roberta Vinci will take on Alexandra Panova and Sara Errani will face 18-year-old Irina Khromacheva on Saturday to open the Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia.
Organizers of the Fed Cup have moved back the date of the 2014 final by a week to avoid competing with other events.
Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep cruised to straight-set victories on Tuesday in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
Russia will be missing its top players when it faces Italy in the Fed Cup final in November.
Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Russia's Vera Dushevina on Tuesday.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion who last won a tournament three years ago, advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup by beating Lesia Tsurenko 7-5, 6-2 Monday.
Eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Monday to advance to the second round of the China Open.
Fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia overcame an illness and reached the second round of the Thailand Open by beating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Pan Pacific Open.
Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis won his fourth career title Sunday by rallying to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the St. Petersburg Open.
Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis advanced to the final of the St. Petersburg Open on Saturday by beating Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 6-3.
Joao Sousa advanced to his first career ATP tour semifinal by beating fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-3 Friday at the St. Petersburg Open.
Top-seeded Fabio Fognini retired with a right foot injury while trailing Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 5-3 Thursday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.
Third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (3 ), 6-3 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.