"Every Fed Cup I'm playing, I'm nervous. Francesca played unbelievable tennis. I'm very happy I won."
That's what Petra Kvitova said after she won her Fed Cup match against Francesca Schiavone. Kvitova was down a break in both sets, but won 6-4, 7-6. The stats for the match are worth examining, by the way.
Kvitova's win put the Czech Republic back into the final, though the Czech Republic lost the fourth rubber (Errani def. Hlavackova). Italy had to retire during the doubles rubber because Flavia Pennetta injured her wrist again.
Kvitova's indoor win streak has now increased to 29 consecutive matches.
The Czech Republic's opponent in the final--which will be held at home--will be Serbia. This is the first time that Serbia has ever reached a Fed Cup final. The team went into today's rubbers tied 1-1 with Russia. Ana Ivanovic then defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and it was up to Jelena Jankovic to seal the big win. She did, though--toward the end--she made it hard for herself, giving up repeated game points. But she did defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4. The dead doubles rubber was played, and Russia won it.
Here are the results for the World Group playoffs:
USA def. Ukraine, 5-0
Japan def. Belgium, 4-1
Slovak Republic def. Spain, 3-2
Australia def. Germany, 3-2
And the results for the World Group II playoffs:
France def. Slovenia, 5-0
Switzerland def. Belarus, 4-1
Sweden def. Great Britain, 4-1
Argentina def. China, 4-1