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Defending champion Czech Republic took a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup first-round series after Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova won their opening matches.
Kvitova defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (2), 6-3 before Safarova edged Sam Stosur 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
The Czechs are one win away from the semifinals against Italy or the United States.
Stosur had a 4-1 lead and failed to serve it out at 5-3, despite three set points. She had 10 double faults in the set, which took 1 hour, 23 minutes.
The Australian failed to serve out the second set at 6-5, and Safarova converted her second match point.
In Sunday's reverse singles, Kvitova plays Stosur and Safarova takes on Gajdosova.
In the doubles, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka will play the Australian pair of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, who reached the final at the Australian Open.
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Petra Kvitova saved a match point before clinching victory for defending champion Czech Republic over Australia in the Fed Cup first round series on Sunday.
Kvitova rallied to overcome Samantha Stosur 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in a matchup of top-10 players to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead on an indoor hardcourt at the CEZ Arena.
''It was a very good game,''...
Defending champion Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup first-round series after Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova won their opening singles matches.
Kvitova overcame an early scare to beat Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (2), 6-3 before Safarova upset Sam Stosur 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
The Czechs are one win away from the semifinals against Italy or the United...
Petra Kvitova will begin the Czech Republic's defense of the Fed Cup title against Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia.
Lucie Safarova will play the second singles on Saturday for the host against Sam Stosur on an indoor hard-court at CEZ Arena in the eastern city of Ostrava.
In Sunday's reverse singles, Kvitova first plays Stosur, then Safarova takes on Gajdosova.
In the doubles...
The draw on Friday for the Fed Cup World Group tie between the Czech Republic and Australia on indoor hard-court at CEZ Arena:
Saturday Singles Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, vs. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia
Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, vs. Samantha Stosur, Australia
Sunday Reverse Singles Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, vs. Samantha Stosur, Australia
Lucie Safarova, Czech...