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Czech Republic have won the Fed Cup title with victory in the decisive doubles rubber.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova Reacts

The visitors overcame Russia 3-2 in a gripping finale after doubles specialists Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke proved too good for Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina. The Czech pair needed four match points to close out their first Fed Cup victory since 1988 and their first as an independent nation, winning the doubles rubber 64 62 to send their travelling contingent of fans delirious in the Olympic Stadium.

The win was set up earlier in the day when Petra Kvitova battled past Svetlana Kuznetsova 46 62 63 in what was the rubber of the weekend. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had kept home hopes alive by defeating Lucie Safarova in the fourth rubber but it was too little too late.

 

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