Posted February 05, 2012 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a forehand in her second round match against Serena Williams of the United States of America during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova rallied to beat Sabine Lisicki and give defending champion Czech Republic an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Germany in the first round of the Fed Cup on Sunday. Lisicki took the first set on a tie break, 7-6 (2), but No. 2-ranked Kvitova came from behind for the second time in two days to claim the second 6-4 before seeing out the decisive set 6-1. The Czech Republic will next play Ukraine or Italy in the semifinals April 21-22. Julia Goerges has the chance to salvage German pride against Iveta Benesova later Sunday, before the doubles match featuring Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Angelique Kerber against Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
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