Caroline Garcia downed Petra Kvitova in straight sets to rescue a vital point for France in the second rubber of the Fed Cup final.
WTA Staff

STRASBOURG, France - Caroline Garcia downed Petra Kvitova in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-3 to rescue a vital point for France in the second rubber of the Fed Cup final.

Kvitova came into the matchup with all of the confidence following a streak of confidence-building wins in Asia - capped off with her win at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai - and a 2-1 lead in the head to head record against Garcia.

But the French World No.23 didn't read the script, even when Kvitova blasted two aces in the opening game. Garcia kept herself within touching distance, trading blows at the baseline to send the set into a tiebreaker.

Losing the opening set by such a narrow margin only seemed to galvanize the Czech, who was dialed in from the start and broke in the opening game. But Garcia broke right back and built up a 4-1 lead to stay in control of the encounter.

The pair continued to wrestle for the momentum; Kvitova stayed on the attack with her powerful forehands to work her way back into the set as Garcia continued to extend her lead. The Frenchwoman never let go, though, and closed out the match with a final break of the Kvitova serve to take the rubber 7-6(6), 6-3.