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Czechs 2-0 up on U.S. in Fed Cup final

Czechs 2-0 up on U.S. in Fed Cup final

With the Czech Republic ahead, Katerina Siniakova took to the court to face Alison Riske of the US. The Russian-born American making her Fed Cup debut kept piling up errors early into the second set with Siniakova taking a 3-0 lead.

Alison Riske will be the second singles player on court tomorrow for the U.S. in the Fed Cup final as her country looks to win back-to-back competitions for the first time since the turn of the millennium.

Twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova, whose training has been limited this week due to a high temperature, could still play on Sunday.

A 4-1 deficit in the first set proved too much for Riske to recover from, and while she showed fight to break when her opponent was serving for the match in the second, the American fell 6-1 down in a awful tie-break, Siniakova claiming victory with her second match point.

Yet they still remain heavy favourites against a US team featuring three debutants, including Kenin, because their best players are all unavailable. "I feel pretty at home", she added.

The mighty Czech Fed Cup team will hope to harness all its home support in Prague this weekend when it comes up against one of its most formidable adversaries, the USA.

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Both players made 32 unforced errors and the American had 23 winners _ two more than Strycova _ but the Czech made her experience count in the decisive points.

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The US, eyeing a record-extending 19th title, are missing Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams and Madison Keys.

"Anything can happen in Fed Cup and tomorrow is another day", she said.

"It was an unbelievable match for me".

United States captain Kathy Rinaldi said she also believed in her players. Kenin reeled off four games in a row to move in front and had two match points in the 10th game, though she failed to convert either.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Kenin will go against Siniakova, and Riske will meet Strycova.

In doubles, the final match of the best-of-five series, Riske and Danielle Collins will play for the United States against the No. 1 doubles pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Siniakova.


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