GENOA, Italy (AP) Italy eased to a commanding 2-0 lead over France after the first day of their Fed Cup tie, as Camila Giorgi and Sara Errani both won in straight sets on Saturday.
Giorgi had to save two break points in her opening set before going on to beat France No. 1 Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 in the second rubber to put Italy firmly in charge.
The Italian broke twice as she dominated the second set.
Errani earlier ended Caroline Garcia's undefeated record in the competition, winning 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Garcia had also beaten Errani in their two previous meetings, but it was third time lucky for the Italian in a tight match, which saw eight breaks of serve in the first set, and five in the second.
The last time the two teams met, in 2009, Italy won 5-0.