Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova to spearhead Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

The Czechs have won four Fed Cup trophies out of the last five editions, while their rivals France last lifted the trophy in 2003.

AFP October 12, 2016 18:04:41 IST
Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova to spearhead Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

Prague: World number five Karolina Pliskova will lead reigning champions the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final against France in Strasbourg on November 12-13, team captain Petr Pala said on Wednesday.

Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova to spearhead Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

World number five Pliskova will lead the Czechs in Fed Cup final. AP

Pala has also called up 11th-ranked Petra Kvitova, 20th-ranked Barbora Strycova and Lucie Hradecka, ranked 193rd for singles and 14th for doubles.

"It's a pleasure to travel to the finals in France with a team like this," Pala told reporters.

"We have a really strong team and I think we're going there as favourites."

The 24-year-old Pliskova reached the US Open finals this year and made her way to the WTA finals in Singapore at the end of October.

The 26-year-old Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, has sacked two coaches this year as she has been struggling to return to the top ten.

The Czechs have won four Fed Cup trophies out of the last five editions.

France last lifted the trophy in 2003 with a team led by Amelie Mauresmo – the current team captain – and Mary Pierce.

In their last encounter, the Czechs won 3-1 at Ostrava in the 2015 semi-finals. The two teams are 3-3 in head-to-head competition.

Led by Pliskova and Strycova, the Czechs beat Switzerland 3-2 at Luzern in the April semi-finals, while France saw off the Netherlands 3-2 at Trelaze, betting on Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

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