Prague: The Czech Republic claimed its third Fed Cup title in four years after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought hard to overcome Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday.
In a matchup of two top-10 players, Kvitova prevailed 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in nearly three hours to give the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series on the indoor hard court at Prague's O2 Arena.
"It was an amazing match from both of us," Kvitova said. "It was a very big fight. I'm just glad that I did it. It was really up and down from the beginning of the match. It was always a big fight about every single point."