Kvitova Preparing For Sold-Out Fed Cup Final

Petra Kvitova has been gathering strength and is hoping to make one last push this weekend.

Published October 31, 2012 12:00

Kvitova Preparing For Sold-Out Fed Cup Final
Petra Kvitova

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - After the disappointment of having to withdraw mid-tournament from the WTA Championships last week, Petra Kvitova hopes she can still finish 2012 on a high this weekend, as the Czech Republic squares off with Serbia in a blockbuster final at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

Last week was a tough week for Kvitova, who, after feeling something was very wrong during a loss in her opening round robin match against Agnieszka Radwanska, withdrew from the event the next day due to a viral illness.

But the World No.8 - and former World No.2 - is looking on the up again.

"I'm feeling much better than before. I was lying in bed for a few days - I still have a cold, but the sore throat is gone. I've just been resting up and getting some energy, and practicing lightly. I feel like I'll be okay for the weekend."

Some of Kvitova's numbers the past two years could give her team a boost going into this weekend's tie, which takes place indoors at the O2 Arena in Prague - since the start of 2011, she is 10-0 in Fed Cup play, and 25-1 on indoor hardcourts, the only blemish coming to Radwanska last week. But the soft-spoken Kvitova is trying not to get too ahead of herself with expectations.

"I don't like to rate chances - I know we have a slightly better ranking and maybe we're the favorites because we're playing at home, but in Fed Cup anything can happen, and it's also a team competition, so it's very different compared to WTA tournaments. But I know we can beat them - we have a strong team with good singles and doubles players, so we'll just play our best for the Czech Republic."

Tickets for the blockbuster tie sold out in a mere five hours.

"It is amazing. I didn't think it would sell out so fast - five hours is unbelievable. It means that people are looking forward to seeing good tennis and of course victory. We'll try our best for sure. Of course it means pressure too, but otherwise it'll be a great atmosphere in the O2 Arena. I think it will be exciting."

The Czech team is made up of Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova - and Kvitova's three teammates have all had breakout seasons, Safarova cracking the Top 20 for the first time and Hradecka and Hlavackova one of the best doubles teams of the year together (reaching the finals at a slew of massive tournaments, including Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open and, just last week, the WTA Championships in Istanbul).

Serbia has an all-star team too, led by former No.1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, also featuring Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic.

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