Kvi­tova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup fi­nal

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World No 5 Pe­tra Kvi­tova will spear­head de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the Czech Re­pub­lic in the Fed Cup fi­nal against Rus­sia in Prague on Novem­ber 14-15, the Czech team said yes­ter­day.

On the hard­court of Prague’s O2 Arena, the Czechs will also rely on ninth-ranked Lu­cie Sa­farova, Karolina Pliskova (15) and Barbora Strycova (42).

Kvi­tova and Sa­farova have led the Czech Re­pub­lic to three tro­phies from the last four Fed Cup edi­tions.

“It wasn’t an easy nom­i­na­tion - it al­most never is - but I have de­cided for this team which gives us the best chances of suc­cess against Rus­sia,” team cap­tain Petr Pala told re­porters.

“Pe­tra and Lu­cie were a clear pick, they have won a lot of games. Karolina has had an ex­cel­lent sea­son,” he added.

Rus­sia have called up world No 3 Maria Shara­pova, 24thranked Eka­te­rina Makarova, Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova (31) and Elena Ves­nina (111).

Ves­nina and Makarova are in the top ten of the WTA dou­bles rank­ings, ranked sev­enth and ninth, re­spec­tively.

The two na­tions have met five times in the Fed Cup be­fore but three of those meet­ings were be­tween Cze­choslo­vakia and the Soviet Union.

The Czech team lead their head-to-head record with Rus­sia 3-2, in­clud­ing a vic­tory in the most re­cent en­counter in the 2011 fi­nal in Moscow.

The Czechs have won the tro­phy eight times, in­clud­ing five vic­to­ries as Cze­choslo­vakia which went on to split into the Czech Re­pub­lic and Slo­vakia in 1993.

Four-time cham­pi­ons Rus­sia, who are try­ing to bounce back from a dis­ap­point­ing 2014 sea­son, when they lost 4-0 to Aus­tralia in their open­ing round clash, will be play­ing in their 11th Fed Cup fi­nal over­all.

Pe­tra Kvi­tova

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