Kvi­tova out of Fed Cup fi­nal vs. United States

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.

Kvi­tovsa was the sec­ond top-10 player lost to the Czechs, af­ter 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.

SYD­NEY >> Dar­ren Cahill says he is end­ing his four-year coach­ing part­ner­ship with No. 1-ranked Si­mona Halep to take a 12-month break and spend more time at home with his fam­ily.

With Cahill, Halep won the 2018 French Open.

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