Fed Cup Final: Petra Kvitova Gives Czech Republic 1-0 Lead
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Continuing her excellent Fed Cup record, the Czech Republic's top player — Petra Kvitova — gives Czech Republic the first tie after finding her form early in the second set and ultimately dominating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Kvitova has now won 15 Fed Cup rubbers for the country which has dominated the competition in recent years, last losing in 2013 to Roberta Vinci during semifinal round play.

Rough Start

The match didn't start off in the way the Czech player wanted, committing 16 unforced errors in the opening set against an opponent who loves playing in fast hard court conditions. The 24-year-old Russian reached two indoor finals this fall, winning the General Ladies Linz title in Austria and finishing runner-up at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. With Kvitova playing below the level, it seemed Pavlyuchenkova would be able to use her indoor prowess to give Russia a huge advantage with the upset. 

Turning it Around

The hopes of the Russian team were quickly dashed though as Kvitova came out firing early in the second set, getting the early break and never looking back. With her big lefty serve and ground strokes, the match was always going to be dependent on the form of Kvitova and in the second and third set she was able to produce high quality tennis. Kvitova delighted the home crowd with a great display of shotmaking hitting winners off both wings, finishing points at net and dominating off her first serve winning 77% of points. Pavlyuchenkova couldn't offer much of an answer and struggled in her own service games with below 50% first serve percentage and throwing in seven double-faults total including two in the final game. In the end Kvitova overwhelmed Pavlyuchenkova in the final two sets to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Next up in the Fed Cup final will be the match between Russia's number one Maria Sharapova and Karolina Pliskova, who lacks experience only competing in her fourth Fed Cup rubber.