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Czech Republic names Kvitova, Safarova to Fed Cup squad

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PRAGUE (AP)

The Czech Republic has named its highest ranked players on Wednesday to face Spain in next month first round of the Fed Cup.

World No. 6 Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, ranked 27th are expected to play the singles at the Feb 8-9 series on an outdoor clay-court in Seville.

Kvitova was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum while Safarova wasted a match point in her third-round loss to eventual Australian Open champion Li Na.

Klara Zakopalova and Andrea Hlavackova have also been selected for the Czech team.

The Czechs - winners of the Fed Cup in 2011 and 2012, won their last series against Spain 4-1 in the 2009 first round, but trail the Iberians 2-1 in their head-to-head record.

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