The Czech girls have won their 4th Fed Cup in 5 years, in a thrilling finale in Strasbourg, indoors 3-2, with a live Doubles decider. The 1st game of the tie was a sensational battle between 2 of the young stars of the game, Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic, who needed 30 games to split them in the deciding set, the longest in history, before Pliskova prevailed.
Garcia bought the French back into the contest with a resounding 7-6 6-3 job on Petra Kvitova, leaving Petra down and out with injury. Then the tremendous work of Caroline Garcia continued as she stunned Pliskova 6-3 3-6 6-3, showing all of her potential and thrilling the local crowds.
Barbora Strycova then received the call to replace Kvitova and turned in a sterling performance to defeat Cornet who replaced Mladenovic, so she could be fresh for Doubles after the marathon with Pliskova.
And Strycova did not disappoint as she got the better of Cornet, 6-2 7-6, to keep the contest alive. The doubles was a cracking encounter between, Garcia/Mladenovic and Pliskova/Strycova, Karolina did remarkably well, after all the tennis she had played in the leadup to the finale. The Czech team prevailed 7-5 7-5, and are forging a stupendous record in the Women’s team event.
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