Czechs to miss Kvitova, Safarova in Fed Cup against Canada
PRAGUE (AP) — Defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic will face Canada without Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova in the first-round tie at Canada next week.
Kvitova and Safarova led the Czechs to their third Fed Cup title in four years in the final against Germany in November.
The rising star of Czech tennis, Karolina Pliskova, will be the team leader for the Feb. 7-8 tie on an indoor hard-court at Quebec City.
Tereza Smitkova, Denisa Allertova and Lucie Hradecka have also been selected in an inexperienced team.
The Czechs have never lost to Canada in the Fed Cup.