Ostrava, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - Petra Kvitova clinched a Fed Cup
quarterfinal win for the Czech Republic with a three-set victory over
Australia's Samantha Stosur on Sunday.
Kvitova rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 triumph in the first reverse singles
match, giving the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie.
The two-time defending Fed Cup champs had opened a 2-0 edge on Saturday thanks
to opening singles wins for Kvitova and Lucie Safarova. The Czechs have
advanced to the semifinals for the fifth straight year and will next play the
winner between the United States and Italy in April.
Stosur had dropped her opening singles rubber on Saturday to Safarova, falling
in a pair of tiebreaks, but on Sunday nearly kept the Aussies alive. After
taking the first set in 27 minutes, she had a match point at 5-4 in the
Kvitova, however, saved it and fought back to win the tiebreak and force a
third set. The 2011 Wimbledon champ then carried the momentum and opened a 5-0
lead in the decisive set, only to see the 2011 U.S. Open champ battle back by
winning four straight games. Stosur finally wilted in the 10th game and had
her serve broken for the sixth time.
The second reverse singles match was abandoned and only the doubles rubber
will be played to complete the tie.
The Sports Network