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01 April 2011

Czechs at full strength for semifinal clash


Photo: Florian Eiseleczech celebrations

Czech Republic has named a full strength squad to face Belgium in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal clash in Charleroi.

Australian Open quarterfinalist and world No. 18 Petra Kvitova will lead the Czech team as the visitors look to reach the Fed Cup final for the first time in 23 years.

Czech captain Petr Pala also nominated Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to take on the Belgians on 16-17 April.

The tie could see a rematch of this year’s Open Gaz de France final between Kvitova and Kim Clijsters, which the Czech won 64 63.

The Czechs reached the semifinals after Safarova and Kvitova won the first three rubbers of their first round tie against the Slovak Republic, while Belgium overcame USA 4-1 in its opening round encounter.

Petkovic named in German side to face USA

German captain Barbara Rittner has named her nation’s Fed Cup team for the World Group play-off tie against USA.

In-form Andrea Petkovic, who surprised world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in Miami earlier this week, will carry the weight of home expectation against the American team in Stuttgart.

Julia Goerges, Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Groenefeld make up the team looking to bring to an end USA’s proud history in the top flight of the competition. The Germans are looking for an immediate return to the World Group after losing their play-off to France at the same stage of the competition last year.

Petkovic, who reached the semifinals at Miami before losing 36 60 62 to Maria Sharapova, is predicted to break into the Top 20 as No. 19 when the rankings are released on Monday.

Marino set to lead Canada

Rebecca Marino has been named as Canada's No. 1 for its World Group II play-off tie against Slovenia in Koper.

The 20-year-old from Vancouver will be joined by junior Eugenie Bouchard, doubles specialist Sharon Fichman and Stephanie Dubois.

The Canadians will be without former world No. 21 Aleksandra Wozniak, who is missing due to a recurring forearm injury.

Canada lost a thrilling World Group II tie against Serbia in February, while Slovenia came unstuck against Germany. Both sides are fighting for survival in World Group II.

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