De­pleted teams clash in fi­nal

The Nation - - SPORT -

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the United States are tar­get­ing a record-ex­tend­ing 11th Fed Cup vic­tory this week­end when they face the Czech Repub­lic in a Prague fi­nal set to be miss­ing key play­ers.

Sloane Stephens, Ser­ena Wil­liams and Madi­son Keys are miss­ing on the US squad while a torn calf has ruled out Karolina Pliskova from the Czech team and doubts linger over two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova.

US cap­tain Kathy Ri­naldi has called on world No 36 Danielle Collins, 52ndranked Sofia Kenin and 63rd-ranked Ali­son Riske along­side the Czech-born 15th-ranked dou­bles player Nicole Melichar.

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