Czechs edge France to re­tain Fed Cup ti­tle

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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. –

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