Kvitova takes Czechs into Fed Cup final

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova sent holders the Czech Republic into their fourth Fed Cup final in five years after breezing past France’s Caroline Garcia in straight sets here on Sunday.

On the hardcourt of the CEZ Arena in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, the left-handed world number four beat 29th-ranked Garcia 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 32 minutes.

The Czechs, who won the Fed Cup title in 2011, 2012 and 2014, will take on either Russia or Germany in the final.

In Sunday’s clash of the teams’ No.1 players, the 25-year-old Kvitova showed she was back in shape after a month-long break from the sport as she won the 25th of her 31 Fed Cup singles rubbers.

The first set offered aggressive tennis with Kvitova earning two breaks against one for Garcia who tossed her racket and slammed the ball into the ground in frustration.

In the second set, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion showed her dominance over the 21-year-old French youngster, taking a 5-1 lead which Garcia only managed to narrow.

On Saturday, world No.13 and Czech No.2 Lucie Safarova beat Garcia 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1.

Kvitova then saw off 58th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.

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