Kvitova leads Czechs in Fed Cup semis in Belgium

Australian Open quarterfinalist Petra Kvitova will spearhead the

Czech Republic against Belgium in their Fed Cup semifinal.

Lucie Safarova, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

are also on the team named Thursday by captain Petr Pala for the

April 16-17 series in Charleroi on indoor hard court at

Spiroudome.

The 18th-ranked Kvitova will try to repeat her performance from

the Open Gaz de France in Paris in February, when she stunned

Belgium’s best player Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-3 in the final for her

third career title.

The Czechs are in their third straight Fed Cup semifinal, having

lost to the United States in 2009 and Italy last year.

The Belgians, who won the competition in 2001, reached their

first semifinals since 2006.