In Ostrava the Czech Fed Cup team was, once again, jut unstoppable. Petra Kvitova and her teammates Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova haven’t let any chance to France in this Fed Cup semifinal. The Czechs are on an amazing 14 consecutive live rubber victory and will now face Russia in the Fed Cup final.
The Czech Fed Cup is really impressive this past years. No matter who is playing, they always win. That’s really how it looks like as they seem to have so many talented players and a real Fed Cup spirit. This will be the 4th Fed Cup final for the Czech team in the last 5 years and this victory against France was their 14th consecutive live rubber victory. That’s such impressive numbers, and of course it makes Petr Pala, Czech Republic captain, very proud of his girls: “It always feels great. It’s not a habit, you have a great feeling to achieve another final. I have to thank all the girls. They play great, year after year, tie after tie, committing themselves. That’s the key for success. I feel very lucky to work with such good girls.”
On Saturday Lucie Safarova made an amazing comeback after saving 5 match points against Caroline Garcia to give the first point to her team. Then, Petra Kvitova finds her game back to get the 2nd point for the Czechs after a not brilliant but solid match against Kristina Mladenovic. And today, Petra Kvitova knew she could give the decisive point to her team and make all the Cez Arena really happy and proud if she managed to win over an opponent she observed the day before: “I knew what I should expect. I saw Garcia yesterday when she played against Lucie and she played very well. I was prepared for a very tough match and I was lucky to break her at the beginning of the first set. I was a little bit more relaxed than I was before. I’m glad that my serve worked much better than yesterday.”
Even if everybody start to be used to see Petra Kvitova be a solid leader for the Czech team (she has a 25-6 record in Fed Cup singles), this semifinal was very special for her as she made her come back on tennis courts after a two-month break due to exhaustion as she explained it in her last blog for the BBC. With her two good wins in Ostrava this weekend the Czech lefty will start her clay-court season in Stuttgart next week with a bit more confidence in her game: “I am happy for that. Two wins during the weekend is always great and I am glad to have them for sure.” This Fed Cup tie between Czech Republic and France ended with finally a victory for the French team as Kristina Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier managed to beat Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 0-6 6-3 10-8 in doubles to make give a final 3-1 win to the Czechs.