Doubles win puts Czech in Fed Cup semifinals

Feb. 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

SEVILLE, Spain, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Andrea Hlavackova claimed a doubles win Monday that gave the Czech Republic a 3-2 Fed Cup series victory over Spain.

Zahlavova and Hlavackova teamed for a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and Silvia Soler-Espinosa to complete the seesaw series and advance the Czechs into the Fed Cup semifinals against defending champion Italy.

The doubles match completed a rain-delayed series in which neither side was able to won consecutive matches until the fifth game of the best-of-five quarterfinal.

Spain entered the day with a 1-0 lead but Klara Zakopalova was able to finish off a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over Maria Torro-Flor.

Zakopalova was put into action for the next match but fell 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Suarez Navarro. Lucie Safarova, who had been ill, answered for the Czechs with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 decision over Soler-Espinoza, leaving the match to be decided in doubles.

The Czechs fought off a pair of set points in the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points for the advantage. They went ahead with a third-game break but Spain pulled even with a break in the sixth game to get to 3-3.

That, however, would be the last game the Spanish would win as Zahlavova and Hlavackova broke immediately back, held serve and recorded a fifth break to win the series.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Steve Kerr takes leave from Golden State Warriors for back rehab
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp avoids jail in plea deal
Report: Miami Marlins interview Bo Porter for manager's job
Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler practices, might return in Week 4 from hamstring injury