Kvitova out of Fed Cup final vs. United States
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.