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
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.