Pe­tra Kvi­tova ruled out of open­ing sin­gles of Fed Cup fi­nal

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PRAGUE: Amer­ica's chances of re­tain­ing the Fed Cup this week­end im­proved on Fri­day when two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova was ruled out of the open­ing sin­gles for the Czech Repub­lic due to ill­ness.

Kvi­tova was the sec­ond top-10 player lost to the Czechs. Karolina Pliskova was ruled out last Satur­day by calf and wrist in­juries.

The Czechs won the Fed Cup in five of the pre­vi­ous seven years, and Kvi­tova con­trib­uted to each one to sit fourth among women with the most Fed Cup tro­phies.

But she fell ill af­ter the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore and didn't train this week due to a high tem­per­a­ture. She still might re­cover in time to play the re­verse sin­gles on Sun­day.

"Chances are still there [for me to play]," Kvi­tova said af­ter the draw on Fri­day. "I'm feel­ing a bit bet­ter. We're go­ing to de­cide [that] to­mor­row."

Kvi­tova re­turned to the team this year af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­juries she suf­fered dur­ing a knife at­tack at her home in De­cem­ber 2016. She won all four of her sin­gles in the Fed Cup.

"It's un­usual; that never hap­pened be­fore," cap­tain Petr Pala said about los­ing his best two play­ers. "But still I think we're the fa­vorites. I'm still very con­fi­dent about my team."

United States cap­tain Kathy Ri­naldi said she also be­lieved in her play­ers.

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