The U.S. trails Czechs 2-0 in the Fed Cup final
Prague — Barbora Strycova and Katerina Siniakova won their singles for the Czech Republic to take a commanding 2-0 over the defending champion United States in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.
Strycova rallied from a set down to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.
Siniakova stretched the advantage by dispatching Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (2) to the delight of more than 14,000 fans at Prague's O2 Arena.
"It couldn't be better," Siniakova said. "But it's not finished yet and we need to be ready for tomorrow. We need to stay focused and I believe that we will win."
The Czechs are one win away from their sixth title in eight years.
U.S. captain captain Kathy Rinaldi gave credit to the Czech players but said, "I really think we could have been up 2-0, too.
"It was just a day of missed opportunities in my opinion. Anything can happen in the Fed Cup and tomorrow's another day."
To win, the 18-time champion U.S. would have to become the first team to come back from 2-0 down in the final.
In today's reverse singles, Kenin will go against Siniakova, and Riske will meet Strycova.
In doubles, the last match of the final, Riske and Danielle Collins are scheduled to meet No. 1-ranked pair Barbora Krejcikova and Siniakova on the indoor hard-court.
Siniakova broke Riske for 6-5 in the second set but the 63rd -ranked American forced a tiebreaker.
The Czech dominated it, converting the second match point when Riske sent a backhand wide.
"I was just enjoying the moment and trying to play my game," Siniakova said. "I was enjoying the atmosphere and everything. It was amazing for me."