Czechs v Germany in Fed Cup final

  • Last Updated: April 20 2014, 15:41 BST

The Czech Republic will host Germany in November's Fed Cup final after both posted last-four wins on Sunday.

Germany celebrate qualifying for the Fed Cup final
Germany celebrate qualifying for the Fed Cup final

The Czechs ended Italy's reign as holders when Petra Kvitova gave her side an unassailable 3-0 lead in Ostrava.

With the hosts already 2-0 ahead from the opening day's play, the former Wimbledon champion beat Roberta Vinci, preferred to Sara Errani for the Italians, 6-3 7-5.

The Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Klara Koukalova also won the dead doubles rubber, beating Karin Knapp and Vinci 6-2 5-7 11-9 to complete a 4-0 whitewash.

The win puts the Czech Republic into their third final in four years - they won both the 2011 and 2012 finals.

Germany's wait for a return to the final has been considerably longer - 22 years in fact, the days of Steffi Graf and Anke Huber.

Angelique Kerber fought back from a set down to beat Australia's Sam Stosur and send Germany back to the final for the first time since 1992.

World number seven Kerber ground out a 4-6 6-0 6-4 victory in two and a quarter hours.

Having lost a tight first set to Stosur, Kerber responded in emphatic fashion by reeling off seven straight games to put herself firmly back in the contest.

"It's a really special moment for us," Kerber said afterwards. "We are all working hard to get to the final and win against Australia."

"It was tough and I knew I had to play my best tennis to beat Sam because she is a Grand Slam champion.

"After the first set I was just thinking about playing for the team and I was fighting until the last point. I was a little bit nervous on the last points but now I'm just happy.

"After 1992 we are now in the final and it means a lot for Germany and it's an honour for all of us."

Australia gained a consolation win in the final doubles rubber, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua beating Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 10-2 to make the final score in the tie 3-1.


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