Petra Kvitová failed to secure a second title in Dubai on Saturday, losing
3:6, 6:1, 2:6 to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the final.
Kvitová had won all six sets she'd played previously against Bencic and had won seven of her last eight finals, but she could not overcome the Swiss' aggressive game.
The two-time Wimbledon winner dropped to 17-4 on the season.
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.
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