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Apr
11

Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as they look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years.

Czech Republic has named a full strength squad to face Belgium in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal clash in Charleroi. Australian Open quarterfinalist and world No. 18 Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as the visitors look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years. Czech captain Petr Pala also nominated Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to take on the Belgians on 16-17 April. The tie could see a rematch of this year’s Open Gaz de France final between Kvitova and Kim Clijsters, which the Czech won 64 63. The Czechs reached the semifinals after Safarova and Kvitova won the first three rubbers of their first round tie against the Slovak Republic, while Belgium overcame USA 4-1 in its opening round encounter.

German captain Barbara Rittner has named her nation’s Fed Cup team for the World Group play-off tie against USA. In-form Andrea Petkovic, who surprised world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Miami earlier this week, will carry the weight of home expectation against the American team in Stuttgart. Julia Goerges, Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Groenefeld make up the team looking to bring to an end USA’s proud history in the top flight of the competition. The Germans are looking for an immediate return to the World Group after losing their play-off to France at the same stage of the competition last year

 

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