No team in the 52-year history of the Fed Cup has ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the final, and for a few hours, Kerber and her teammates dared to dream the impossible. But, no sooner had the German No.1 wedged open the door for the comeback of all Fed Cup comebacks than Kvitova slammed it shut in the most resounding fashion.
Kvitova looked to be cruising to victory when she led by a set and 3-0, but Kerber refused to lie down, fighting back to take the second and then surge 4-1 ahead in the decider. Buoyed by a partisan crowd, Kvitova extinguished German hopes once and for all, bludgeoning her way through Kerber's defenses to win the final five games of the match.
"It was an amazing match and I'm just glad I did it," Kvitova said. "It was up and down from the beginning of the match and I had to fight for every single point. Maybe I was just lucky in the end. We will celebrate now."
To her credit, Kerber, who had struggled to find her best tennis against Lucie Safarova 24 hours earlier, performed with great spirit. In the first two sets alone, Kvitova hit nearly 50 winners, but the German refused to be intimidated either by her opponent's relentless assault or the cacophony of noise inside the O2 Arena.
"I'm a little bit sad, but I think it was an unbelievable match - we had ups and downs and we were fighting until the last point," Kerber said. "The crowd was unbelievable. Now it's over but it's still an experience to be in the final and in the end I think the Czech girls deserved to win it."
Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki teamed up to defeat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 6-4, 6-3, in the dead doubles rubber, but it could not take the shine off the Czechs' resounding 3-1 victory that continues their recent domination of the competition, which they also won in 2011 and 2012. In contrast, Germany has not tasted Fed Cup success since Steffi Graf inspired them to victory over Spain 22 years ago.