Karolína Plíšková is to replace Petra Kvitová in the first round of
the Fed Cup against Romania, taking place in the Czech city Ostrava from
February 9th -10th.
Kvitová, who took second at the recent Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne, has decided to focus on upcoming contests in St. Petersburg and Doha.
Apart from Plíšková, on the Czech women’s team are Kateřina Siniáková, Barbora Krejčíková and Markéta Vondroušová.
The winner of this clash will face either France or Belgium in the semi-finals, in April.
The Czech Republic is the current Fed Cup title holder and has won 6 of the last 8 editions.
Petra Kvitová was beaten at the Australian Open by 21-year-old Naomi Osaka
6:7 7:5 4:6 on Saturday, dashing her hopes of a third grand slam title.
Petra Kvitová was playing in her first grand slam final since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014 and only two years after the knife attack at her home that put her career at risk.
“It's a great tournament to be in, it has been a while since I've been in the final. I want to thank my friends and family back home. I want to thank everyone who made it possible to help me come back and play” Kvitová said after the dramatic match.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has reached the Australian Open finals,
after defeating her unseeded American opponent Danielle Rose Collins by a
score of 7-6, 6-0.
It is the first time Kvitová has made the finals in Melbourne and her third overall appearance in a Grand Slam tournament.
Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková lost her own semi-final match in Melbourne on Thursday to Japan's Naomi Osaka in three sets, by a score of 2-6, 6-4 and 4-6.
The final between Kvitová and Osaka takes place on Saturday.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open
for the first time. The Czech was losing 1-5 in the third set but saved
four match points to eventually overcome Serena Williams of the US 6-4 4-6
7-5. Plíšková will now face Naomi Osaka for a place in the final. She
has never won a Grand Slam tournament.
Wednesday’s result makes an all-Czech final in Melbourne possible as two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová will face Danielle Rose Collins of the US in the other semi-final.
Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The
Czech women’s tennis number one overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-1
6-4 in 70 minutes on Tuesday to continue a very impressive run at the first
Grand Slam tournament of the season. Kvitová has not dropped a single set
on her route to the last four in Melbourne.
In the women’s doubles, Barbora Strýcová and Markéta Vondroušová have also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Another Czech pair, Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková, exited at the quarter-final stage.
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