Kvitova boosts Czechs to Fed Cup win

Feb. 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova edged Samantha Stosur for a three-set win Sunday that lifted the defending champion Czech Republic to a Fed Cup series win over Australia.

Kvitova beat Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in Saturday's opening match of the best-of-five series and put the Czech ahead 3-0 with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 decision Sunday over Stosur.

The Czechs are looking to be the first team to win three consecutive Fed Cup titles since Spain in 1993-95. Prior to that, Czechoslovakia won three straight years over 1983-85 and the United States won seven times in 1976-81.

The Czech Republic, in the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, will go against either Italy or the United States in the April 20-21 Fed Cup semi.

Wins Saturday by Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, who beat Stosur 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4), had the Czechs up 2-0 in the series.

Stosur didn't face a break point in jumping to a 1-0 set lead versus Kvitova and had a match point at 5-4 of the second but Kvitova saved that and rallied in the tiebreaker. Kvitova built a 5-0 lead in the third set only to have Stosur battle back to 5-4 before Kvitova was able to finish off her sixth break of the match and secure the series.

Stosur was a hard-luck loser in both her matches. She won as many points as Safarova (101-101) Saturday and as many as Kvitova (92-92) Sunday. She had more breaks (seven) than Kvitova, also.

New Fed Cup rules abandoned the meaningless fourth singles match but the Czechs made the official score 4-0 when Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka teamed for a 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) win over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in a doubles match.

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