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Kvitova leads Czechs in Fed Cup against Italy

April 9, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — Petra Kvitova returns to the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup team for the next week’s World Group semifinal against defending champion Italy.

No. 6-ranked Kvitova missed the 3-2 quarterfinal victory in Spain in February due to an illness.

Lucie Safarova, Klara Koukalova and doubles specialist Andrea Hlavackova have also been selected for the April 19-20 series on an indoor hard court in the eastern city of Ostrava.

The two opponents have dominated the competition in recent years. The Czechs won the Fed Cup in 2011 and 2012 while Italy triumphed 2009, in 2010 and last year.

In their last encounter, Italy beat the Czechs 3-1 in the semis in 2013.

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