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By Tennis Now | Saturday, April 21, 2018

 
Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova pounded 15 aces defeating Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, to stake the Czech Republic to a 2-0 Fed Cup semifinal lead over Germany.

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Authoritative serving put the Czech Republic one win from a Fed Cup final return.

Karolina Pliskova pounded 15 aces defeating Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, to stake the Czech Republic to a 2-0 Fed Cup semifinal lead over Germany on the red clay of Stuttgart.

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In a rematch of the 2016 US Open final, Pliskova permitted just eight points on her first serve and did not face a break point beating Kerber for the fourth time in 11 meetings.

"No one expected it," Pliskova said after helping the Czech Republic wrap up an opening-day sweep.



Contesting its 10th straight semifinal, the Czech Republic can clinch a spot in the Fed Cup final tomorrow when Pliskova faces German No. 1 Julia Goerges in the opening reverse singles match.

Earlier today, Petra Kvitova converted four of five break points dismissing Goerges, 6-3, 6-2, in one hour.

The 28-year-old left-hander raised her Fed Cup career singles record to 29-10. 

Down 1-3 in the opening set, Kvitova found a higher gear reeling off nine of the last 11 games to close an impressive victory.



Kvitova is scheduled to play Kerber in tomorrow's second reverse singles. If necessary, the doubles tie will close the best-of-five match semifinal.

The 10-time Fed Cup champion Czech Republic is playing for its sixth Fed Cup championship in the last eight years.

The winner of the Czech Republic vs. Germany semifinal will face either defending champion United States or France in the November 10-11th final.


 

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