The Czech Republic won its second straight Fed Cup on Sunday when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-1, prompting a burst of on-court dancing by the Czech players.
Safarova won the second reverse singles for an unassailable 3-1 lead in the final of the best-of-five series. Jankovic, a former No. 1 player, was slowed by a back injury and was in tears afterward.
The winning point came on Safarova's forehand on her second match point on the hard court at O2 Arena. As the Czech players danced, the ecstatic, sell-out crowd celebrated with the wave.
''It's hard to describe how I feel. I played an unbelievable game,'' Safarova said. ''I desperately wanted to win and I'm really delighted. It's fantastic to win at home, in Prague. I played one of the best matches of my career.''
The Czechs are the third country in a row to successfully defend the Fed Cup title. Russia won the top prize in women's team tennis in 2007-...
The Czech Republic retained the Fed Cup on Sunday when Lucie Safarova thrashed former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-1 in the second reverse singles for an unassailable 3-1 lead in the final.
Safarova sealed the matched in the best-of-five series with a forehand winner on her second match point before an ecstatic sell-out home crowd on a hard court in the O2 Arena.
(November 4, 2012) Lucie Safarova defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1 in Prague to clinch a second straight Fed Cup title for the Czech Republic on Sunday.
The Czechs came into Sunday with a 2-0 lead over Serbia. Ana Ivanovic kept Serbia’s chances alive with 6-3, 7-5 win over the Czech Republic’s top player Petra Kvitova narrowing the gap to 2-1.
Results Sunday from the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and Serbia on an indoor hard-court at O2 Arena:
Czech Republic 3, Serbia 1 Reverse Singles Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, def. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5.
Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, 6-1, 6-1.
Saturday Singles Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia, 6-4, 6...