Kvitova to play in Fed Cup final

  • Last Updated: November 2 2012, 14:05 GMT

Petra Kvitova has declared herself fit and will lead the Czech Republic into this weekend's Fed Cup final.

Petra Kvitova: Will play singles on Saturday

The former Wimbledon champion was forced to withdraw from last week's WTA Championships in Istanbul due to a viral illness, putting her place in the Czech team to face Serbia in doubt.

However, Kvitova's name was put forward and she will play Saturday's second rubber against Jelena Jankovic.

That match will follow Lucie Safarova's battle with Ana Ivanovic at Prague's O2 Arena.

Ivanovic, the world number 12, carries fond memories of the Serbian men's team's victory in the Davis Cup two years ago, with the image of Novak Djokovic tearing his shirt off in celebration still fresh in the mind.

The 24-year-old will take that on court with her, hoping for a similar outcome on Sunday night.

"I remember a couple of years ago I was there when the men were winning and it was epic," she told the Fed Cup website.

"We will try our best and to match what the guys did would be amazing."

Sunday will see the reverse singles with Kvitova, who played a key role in the Czechs winning the trophy last year, up first against Ivanovic.

If necessary, the tie will be decided by the doubles rubber.

Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka have been named to play doubles by the Czechs, with Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic picked by the Serbs.

Czech captain Petr Pala fully expects that the overall outcome could go down to the last game, stressing how tight he believes the affair will be.

"We can expect every match to be a close one and decided by only a few points," he said.

"I hope the crowd and surface will help us get three points, but Serbia have two former world number-one players.

"They can play big matches and they are used to playing big matches. I think in this tie, anyone can beat anyone."

The final is taking place on an indoor hardcourt.


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