Kvitova, Safarova lead Czechs in Fed Cup
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has named its highest ranked players on Wednesday to face Spain in next month first round of the Fed Cup.
World No. 6 Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, ranked 27th are expected to play the singles at the Feb 8-9 series on an outdoor clay-court in Seville.
Kvitova was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum while Safarova wasted a match point in her third-round loss to eventual Australian Open champion Li Na.
Klara Zakopalova and Andrea Hlavackova have also been selected for the Czech team.
The Czechs - winners of the Fed Cup in 2011 and 2012, won their last series against Spain 4-1 in the 2009 first round, but trail the Iberians 2-1 in their head-to-head record.