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Fed Cup: Czech Republic beats Belgium 3-2
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Fed Cup: Czech Republic beats Belgium 3-2

Published Apr. 17, 2011 7:14 p.m. ET

The Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup final Sunday, beating Belgium in the deciding doubles for a 3-2 victory in their best-of-five tie.

Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova topped Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-4 to put the Czechs in their first final since they won the title as Czechoslovakia in 1988. They will play Russia on Nov. 5-6.

The teams split the reverse singles Sunday, with Petra Kvitova defeating Yanina Wickmayer 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead before Kirsten Flipkens evened it at 2-2 by beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-3.

The Belgians could not make up for the absence of the injured Kim Clijsters and the retirement this year of Justine Henin.

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The Czechs advanced to the finals after losing in the semifinals the last two years.

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