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Czechs Sweep Italy In Fed Cup SFs

The Czech Republic will be looking for their third Fed Cup title in four years when they square off with Germany.

Published April 20, 2014 12:13

Czechs Sweep Italy In Fed Cup SFs
Petra Kvitova

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - Petra Kvitova's triumph over Roberta Vinci on Sunday clinched the Czech Republic's victory over defending champion Italy and a berth in November's Fed Cup final.

Read about Germany's Fed Cup semifinal win over Australia right here.

The tie began on Saturday, with Lucie Safarova a 64 61 winner over Sara Errani and Kvitova a 64 62 victor over Camila Giorgi.

Then on Sunday, Kvitova gave the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead with a 63 75 defeat of Vinci, who was brought into the line-up to replace Errani and took a 23-4 Fed Cup record into the contest.

"I'm very happy for the Czech Republic and our team," Kvitova said. "It was a very tough match against Vinci. I was ready for her, but she showed very good tennis.

"I played almost in my hometown. It was beautiful to see my parents and everyone who came to support us. It's unbelievable for us and we're happy to be in the final again."

Kvitova had lost two straight big matches in her series with Vinci, in the 2013 Katowice final and during Italy's win over the Czechs in the 2013 Fed Cup semifinals. But this time, Kvitova fired 32 winners compared to 13 for Vinci and converted on four of eight break point chances compared to two of 11 for Vinci. That improved her to 19-3 indoors in Fed Cup play and 18-4 on hardcourts.

The Czech Republic finished off their 4-0 sweep with Andrea Hlavackova and Klara Koukalova outlasting Giorgi and Karin Knapp, 62 57 119.

The Czechs, who beat Spain in February to open their 2014 Fed Cup campaign, will be at home again in the final against Germany from November 8-9. They have a 6-1 lead in that series and will be seeking their eighth Fed Cup title and third in the past four years.

There were also World Group playoffs held this weekend, with Russia beating Argentina, Canada topping the Slovak Republic, Poland edging Spain and France getting past the United States. Eugenie Bouchard came up big for Canada, and World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Garcia recorded three wins each for Poland and France, respectively.

World Group II playoff action was highlighted by Sorana Cirstea and World No.5 Simona Halep leading Romania to victory over Serbia.

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