Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova win the deciding doubles rubber for the second straight year, capturing a fifth Fed Cup title in the last six years over home team France.
WTA Staff

STRASBOURG, France - Led by Barbora Strycova and Karolina Pliskova, the Czech team recovered from a 1-2 deficit against France to win the final three rubbers and seal a fifth Fed Cup title in the last six years.

The two teams started the second day of an already riveting Fed Cup final at one win apiece, and Caroline Garcia broke the tie wide open in front of her home crowd, upsetting Pliskova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to put France two sets from victory.

Enter Strycova, who stepped in for Fed Cup stalwart Petra Kvitova to dismiss Alizé Cornet, 6-2, 7-6(4). Cornet herself a substitute for Kristina Mladenovic, who narrowly lost to Pliskova in the opening rubber, and pushed Strycova to the limit in the second set after the Czech veteran twice served for the match.

It all came down to the doubles as French Open champions Garcia and Mladenovic took on Strycova and Pliskova, both of whom were playing their second match of the day.

Over two grueling sets, the Czechs cobbled together a set and a break advantage before the French roared back, winning three straight games from 2-4 down in the second.

Strycova and Pliskova gamely held and took three games of their own to clinch the tie, 7-5, 7-5, and take home the Fed Cup crown, their third in a row.