PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Katerina Siniakova says she is thrilled to have been able to be the player who secured an 11th Fed Cup for the Czech Republic.
Siniakova played the second singles rubber of the weekend against Alison Riske before opening up Sunday's action against Sofia Kenin - securing wins in both that meant the final two matches were not required.
"My first experience was really good and I was excited to get out onto the court and I’m really happy I could finish it with the win," she said to media afterwards. "It was amazing and a great feeling – I’ll never forget it."
Siniakova's match against Kenin was an epic, lasting almost four hours, ending in a 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win for the Czech, who had to save two match points.
"I was just trying to fight for every point and focus for every point, be on my game and when I had chances just go for it and be aggressive," she reflected. "I think it went pretty well so I’m happy about it."
Her team-mate Barbora Strycova had begun the weekend in style, beating Kenin 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 in what turned out to be her farewell Fed Cup match.
"I’ve been thinking about [retiring from Fed Cup competition] since the beginning of the year," Strycova revealed. "I’m 32 and sometimes you know things and sometimes you feel it’s the right decision. At the US Open I was thinking about it and I knew this is the right thing. I can’t tell you the reason, I just know this is the right time to go.
"We’ve got so many good players who can play and who can win matches like these. We’ve also got good doubles players. I can go with my head up and I’m proud of myself."