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KVITOVA LEADS CZECHS INTO FED CUP FINAL

2015-4-20


After going up 2-0 on Day 1, Lucie Safarova saving five match points to edge Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova beating Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets, Kvitova clinched the Czech Republic's spot in the Fed Cup final in the first reverse singles match Sunday, beating Garcia in straight sets too.

It looked dicey at the end - Kvitova watched a 6-4, 5-1 lead evaporate to 6-4, 5-4 - but she summoned up one last big service game to put the WTA Rising Star away after an hour and 33 minutes, 6-4, 6-4.

"I saw Garcia play Lucie yesterday and she played very well, so I was prepared for a tough match," Kvitova said afterwards. "I was lucky to break her from the beginning of the set, and I'm glad my serve worked much better than yesterday - I was very relaxed out there and happy with how I played.

"Clay is coming, and that's always difficult for me, but I hope I can continue like this."

The second reverse singles match between Safarova and Mladenovic wasn't played, and Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier beat Safarova and Barbora Strycova to close the gap in the final score to 3-1.

The Czechs are now a win away from their fourth Fed Cup title in the last five years - they won it in 2011, 2012 and 2014 as well. Italy won the title in 2013, beating the Czechs in the semifinals.

While one team was winning in front of their home crowd in Ostrava, another team was doing the same in Sochi. After storming out to a 2-0 lead on Saturday, Russia watched on as Germany mounted a valiant comeback, winning both reverse singles on Sunday to even it at 2-all, Andrea Petkovic routing Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-1, and Angelique Kerber routing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-0.

But they got their mojo back just in time, with Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina putting on a dazzling display of all-court tennis to beat Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki in the deciding doubles, 6-2, 6-3.

"It was an unbelievable victory. We're so excited," Vesnina said. "I'm proud of my team. All our girls gave so much in this tie, all their heart and energy, and I want to thank our team and our captain.

"This was Anastasia's third match of the tie and I know she was tired, but still she played great."

"Elena helped me a lot today, and the team and crowd too," Pavlyuchenkova beamed.



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