The Czech Republic has cruised into the Fed Cup final for the third time in four years this Sunday after Petra Kvitova gave her country the decisive point in the tie against the defending champion Italy in Ostrava. At the end of the weekend the Czechs won the tie 4-0 without losing a set in singles.
After 2 great wins from Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova on Saturday, the Czech Republic’s leader, Kvitova, ensured her nation will have a chance of winning its eighth Fed Cup crown after she ground out the win 6-3 7-5 against a fired-up Roberta Vinci this Sunday. Spurred on by the colourful make-shift musical band in the stands though, Kvitova repeatedly dug herself out of trouble with her booming serve.
“It was an unbelievable atmosphere but it was a very tough match for me against Roberta [Vinci] who is a very different player to Camila [Giorgi]. She returned very well and my serve didn’t help me as much as yesterday. It was difficult for me but I won the important points,” said Petra Kvitova.
The Czech Fed Cup team captain Petr Pala led his players to a dancing circle on the court before acknowledging the vocal home fans with a team bow. He said the victory gives his team the opportunity to relive great memories of their 2012 Fed Cup victory over Serbia. “It feels great, you never have enough. Really looking forward. We have another home final and we still have memories from that final because it was a really great experience for all of us with a sold out crowd. We are really looking forward but now we want to enjoy this moment,” Petr Pala said.
In the final doubles, Andrea Hlavackova teamed up with Klara Koukalova to overcome Camila Giorgi and Karin Knapp 6-2 5-7 11-9 to make it 4-0 for the Czech. The Czechs will now face Germany in the Fed Cup final which will take place in November at home. « It will be great to play the final at home, » Kvitova said. « We have an excellent team, it’s not just about one player. » It’s the third final for the Czechs in four years after they claimed the Fed Cup title in 2011 and 2012 and won nine of the last 10 Fed Cup ties, losing only to Italy in last year’s semis.