Czech Republic avenged the semifinal defeat its team had suffered in Palermo in 2013 with a convincing display against reigning champions Italy. The result sees the Czechs through to a third final in four years, where they will be at home to Germany.
Lucie Safarova gave the Czechs the best possible start, with a straight sets win over world No. 10 Sara Errani, as the clay-court specialist struggled with the fast surface in Ostrava. Petra Kvitova continued the momentum with a comfortable win against Camila Giorgi, before battling to victory against Roberta Vinci in the first match on Sunday to seal the tie for Czech Republic. The result also means that the Czechs replace the Italian team at the top of the Fed Cup Nations ranking.