Scottish Daily Mail

CZECHS RE­TAIN FED CUP CROWN

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THE Czech Repub­lic claimed their fourth Fed Cup ti­tle in five years af­ter Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova se­cured a de­ci­sive dou­bles vic­tory against the Rus­sian pair of Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkov­a and Elena Ves­nina. The Czechs ral­lied to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 vic­tory in Prague to re­tain their crown with a 3-2 tri­umph in the best-of-five se­ries. Maria Shara­pova had ear­lier came from a set down to beat Pe­tra Kvi­tova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first re­verse sin­gles to give Rus­sia a 2-1 lead. But Pliskova kept the Czechs in the fi­nal by de­feat­ing Pav­lyuchenkov­a 6-3, 6-4 in the sec­ond re­verse sin­gles to level the match at 2-2.

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