Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 2/4/12

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Dinara Safina of Russia reacts after a play to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during day six of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova took more than two hours to put defending champion the Czech Republic in control of its Fed Cup tie with Germany, while Italy's Francesca Schiavone surprisingly lost to give Ukraine a boost on Saturday. The Czechs led 2-0 in Stuttgart, Russia led Spain by the same score in Moscow, Italy and Ukraine were 1-1 in Biella, and Belgium and Serbia were 1-1 in Charleroi. Germany was without its best player, an injured Andrea Petkovic, but pushed the Czechs hard in both singles. Iveta Benesova overcame Sabine Lisicki 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, then Kvitova was, twice, two points from losing to Julia Goerges in the second set, but pulled through 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in 2 hours, 21 minutes. Goerges, who beat Kvitova in their only previous match, hit some superb service returns and twice broke back in the final set to put the pressure back on the Czech star. ''It was really little difference between us,'' said Kvitova, who won her 26th straight indoor match. She can clinch ...
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