Fed Cup Day One Round-up

Safarova earned a valuable point for Czech Republic on Saturday
Photo: Robbie Mendelson

The 2012 Fed Cup final got off to an explosive start in Prague on Saturday, with hosts Czech Republic storming to a 2-0 lead over Serbia after two singles openers.

Both Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova took straight-sets victories over their opponents to hand their team a commanding lead heading into Sunday, where three more ties are scheduled to be played in the best-of-five final.

Safarova started the day off with a 41-minute dismantling of former world number one Anna Ivanovic. The Czech ran out a 6-4 6-3 victor, while Kvitova – playing Jelena Jankovic – took the second match 6-4 6-1.

The 2011 Wimbledon champion, Kvitova, has been suffering from illness over the last month and pulled out of the WTA Championships last week in order to gain more rest time before the Fed Cup final.

“I did not know what to expect at the beginning,” Kvitova said after her match. “I had a little trouble breathing, towards the end my legs were weakening and I had a headache, so I wished for the game to be over.”

The Czech faces Ivanovic in the first match of Day Two knowing victory will hand her country the title.

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