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08 February 2013

Stosur looking to stay in World Group

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  • Chris Bowers

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC: Samantha Stosur admits that she would like to win a Fed Cup by BNP Paribas title one day but for now she is just looking for Australia to cement their place amongst the world's best team as they face Czech Republic in Ostrava in the first round.

The Australian side embarked on a 36-hour journey to come back from summer Down Under to be greeted by sub-zero temperatures in the European winter but Stosur is confident they have acclimatised. They also have the benefit, in the form of Jarmilla Gajdosova, of a player who knows the country and customs well and is keen to perform well in familiar surroundings.

Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova headline the Czech team and look back on pleasant memories of playing the Final last November in the capital, Prague. Kvitova is set to play Stosur in one of the matches of the weekend on Sunday but will not be drawn into looking ahead of her opening rubber against Gajdosova.

Jarmilla Gajdosova (AUS) - 08/02/2013

Samantha Stosur (AUS) - 08/02/2013

Petra Kvitova (CZE) - 08/02/2013

Lucie Safarova (CZE) - 08/02/2013

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    Chris Bowers

    Chris Bowers has been on the tennis circuit for more years than he can remember. When he became a father nearly 10 years ago, he decided he wanted to reduce his travel, so limited it to Grand Slams and Davis Cup ties; and as a result he is attending his 58th Davis Cup tie this weekend.



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