Fed Cup finalists take on hockey

Virginia Santiago
November 14, 2018

Katerina Siniakova, the world number 31, will face 63rd-ranked Alison Riske in Saturday's second singles rubber.

Riske went 3-1 up in the second set, but Siniakova levelled and took the set to a tie-break which she dominated to seal victory.

The Czechs claimed their 11th Fed Cup title, including five as part of Czechoslovakia.

Playing in her last tie, the 32-year-old Strycova won her match with a backhand victor at the net on her first match point to improve to 11-7 in Fed Cup singles. It will be an interesting match, ' Czech captain Petr Pala said after training, according to the CTK news agency.

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She came close but was denied two matchpoints by doubles expert Siniakova, who stepped into singles play with world number eight Karolina Pliskova out with injury and twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova sick.

In doubles, the last match of the final, Riske and Danielle Collins are scheduled to meet No. 1-ranked pair Barbora Krejcikova and Siniakova. "I'm going to be in the arena to support".

The Czechs won the Fed Cup in five of the previous seven years, and Kvitova contributed to each one to sit fourth among women with the most Fed Cup trophies.

"It's amusing because it's her (Kenin) first one, and this is my last one, so for me it was a lot of emotions". "I feel pretty at home", she added.

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The inexperienced United States of America team are without Serena and Venus Williams as well as Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, while the hosts have Karolina Pliskova injured.

They remain heavy favourites, even without their leading duo, against a USA team featuring three debutants, including Kenin.

"I'm really looking forward to it", Riske said. Both players had their chances but it was Siniakova who played better in the deciding moments to bring the match home in straight sets and push the Czech Republic a win away from another Fed Cup crown.

The competition's two most successful nations were meeting in a Fed Cup final for the first time in more than three decades. "It's disappointing for me because I had two match points and it could have turned things around but".

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