Kvitova seals Fed Cup for Czechs in thrilling match
By Jason Hovet
PRAGUE (Reuters) - World number four Petra Kvitova sealed the Fed Cup title for the Czech Republic with a thrilling win over Germany's Angelique Kerber, giving her country its third success in the premier team tournament in women's tennis in the last four years.
Kvitova pumped her fist and danced with team mates after outlasting the 10th-ranked German 7-6 4-6 6-4 in a fluctuating three-hour match.
"I am just glad I did it," Kvitova, who added to her haul of three WTA titles in 2014 including a second Wimbledon crown, said from courtside.
"It was really up and down from the beginning of the match. It was a big fight for every single point."
The win gave the Czech team an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Germany who were making their first final appearance since Steffi Graf led them to the 1992 title.
The Czechs have now won the Fed Cup eight times, including five as Czechoslovakia. Only the United States have won more, with 17 in total, the last coming in 2000.
Martina Navratilova, who won the event with the 1975 Czechoslovak team, was among the capacity 13,000 crowd at the O2 Arena in Prague, where the nation last hoisted the Fed Cup trophy in 2012, the second of back-to-back championships.
Kvitova and team mate Lucie Safarova swept to straight-set wins in the opening matches on Saturday, putting the German side - led by Kerber and Andrea Petkovic - in a tight spot. Continued...