PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Fed Cup final draw was made on Friday and it's going to be a fantastic weekend at the O2 Arena - it all starts with the first two singles matches on Saturday, pitting Petra Kvitova against Andrea Petkovic and then Angelique Kerber against Lucie Safarova.
"I will do everything I can, and our team as well, to finish the year on a high and keep the trophy here for another year," Kvitova said at the draw. "I've had a great year, and it's been a great week too - we've had some great practices during the week and I know we're prepared for it. The weekend is always a little bit tricky with nerves, but it's great that we'll have a lot of fans supporting us."
Though she's fantastic in Fed Cup play - 21-6 in singles - Kvitova might have some trouble against Petkovic, given Petkovic has beaten Kvitova in four of their last five meetings. They also had very different results at the WTA's season-ending events - Kvitova fell in the round robin stage at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, while Petkovic went all the way to the title at the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions in Sofia, the German's third WTA title of the year.
"She played unbelievable tennis in Sofia and I know I need to expect anything from her," Kvitova said. "But it's been a long time since we last played each other, so things might be different now, and it's a really fast surface here, much different from Singapore or Sofia. So we will see what happens."
Petkovic could also have a boost from receiving the Fed Cup Heart Award on Friday - read more here.
The second singles match on Saturday features a much less familiar match-up, with Kerber beating Safarova in their lone previous meeting, which actually came more than two and a half years ago.
"It's been a while since we last played," Safarova said. "She's been a Top 10 player for a few years now so I'm expecting a really tough match, but we're on my home ground now, so hopefully that will help me. I'm really excited about playing here in Prague and I'll just try to do my best tomorrow."
The Germans are hoping to end a 22-year drought - their last Fed Cup title came way back in 1992.
"I'm really excited, we all are," Kerber said. "It's our first final as a team so we're all really looking forward to doing our best, taking all the energy with us and trying to win the title this weekend.
"And I think we're actually the underdogs in the final. The Czech team has much more pressure because they're playing at home in front of so many fans. We have some fans coming too, though."
The Czechs have a much smaller drought of two years - they won back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.
The reverse singles matches will take place on Sunday, pitting Kvitova against Kerber in an all-Top 10 face off and then Safarova against Petkovic in a battle between No.2s. The doubles will follow, with Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka squaring off with Germans Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki.