Czechs edge France to retain Fed Cup title
KAROLINA PLISKOVA and Barbora Strycova clinched the Czech Republic’s fifth Fed Cup title in six years yesterday after beating France in the the deciding doubles rubber in Strasbourg.
With the tie level at 2-2, US Open finalist Pliskova teamed up with Strycova to defeat French Open doubles champions Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 to prolong the Czechs’ reign.
It was their third triumph in succession and 10th overall, with only the United States boasting more titles with 17.
“Unbelievable. We don’t have words yet, we are going to celebrate. The feeling is something so special, even if it’s our fifth title. It’s really unbelievable,” said Strycova, a member of the title-winning teams in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
“It’s one of the best trophies I am going to win. I am going to place it next to the one from last year,” added Pliskova. – AFP
Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova (R) and Karolina Pliskova celebrate at the end of the Fed Cup final between France and the Czech Republic in Strasbourg yesterday. –