After an intense weekend Petra Kvitova came through a thrilling encounter with Angelique Kerber to win her second rubber of the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final and give the third and decisive point to Czech Republic to beat Germany 3-1 and claim its third title in four years.
On Saturday Czech Republic took a solid 2-0 lead in this Fed Cup final thanks to Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova who won their matches against the Germans Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber. Indeed, in the opening match of this final, Petra Kvitova was totally in the zone, as Petkovic admitted it in press conference, and her heavy shots where to accurate to give any opportunity to the German. After that, Lucie Safarova had to fight a bit more to take the 2nd point for Czech Republic as Kerber had a 4-2 lead in the 2 sets of the match. But Safarova never gave up and Kerber struggled a bit with her nerves which gave the opportunity to Safarova to win this important match.
And on this Sunday, after numerous thrilling exchanges, break and break back, in what will stay one of the match of this 2014 season, Petra Kvitova finally had match point. Tasked with serving for glory after two hours and 57 minutes, the Czech number 1 Petra Kvitova duly delivered for her nation. Missing her first three match points courtesy of a mixture of nerves and fine defence from Kerber, she finally delivered a whole nation giving them a third Fed Cup title. « It was I think an extraordinary match,” said Czech Republic Fed Cup captain Petr Pala. “I am very proud of Petra. She showed how good she is, a true champion. But many respect for Angelique. »
With an eighth Fed Cup triumph, Czech Republic, who won three title this past four years, now move above Australia to become the second most successful nation in the competition, but it took a lot of heart from the Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to get them over the line on Sunday. The world number 4 came through a gripping battle 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 to end any hope of a German comeback from 2-0 down and secure victory for her nation in an amazing atmosphere in front of 13 000 Czech fans in a sold-out O2 Arena in Prague. « It is an emotion I have never had this year,” said Petra Kvitova after she gave the decisive point to the Czech Republic. “Wimbledon was totally different. I didn’t have this emotion, I was playing so well during Wimbledon but here it was really up and down. That’s why it is great to play the Fed Cup Final. It’s for your country but always when you are not feeling great and you don’t have enough energy, you always find something and I’m not sure where I found it. I am just glad that I found it. »
To end this day Germany picked up a point thanks to Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki who beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4 in the dead doubles rubber. Whatever the result of this last match, All the Czech team was over the moon during the trophy ceremony and still at the dinner of champions.
Crédit photos : Czech Fed Cup team Facebbok page