Tennis – Fed Cup – International Staff Ultimate – Czech Republic v United States – O2 Area, Prague, Czech Republic – November 10, 2018 Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova celebrates profitable her fit towards Sofia Kenin of the U.S. REUTERS/David W Cerny
PRAGUE (Reuters) – Barbora Strycova beat Sofia Kenin within the opening fit of the Fed Cup ultimate in Prague on Saturday to present the Czech Republic a 1-Zero lead towards the US, the protecting champions.
Strycova, filling in for injured international quantity 8 Karolina Pliskova, gave up the primary set to the 19-year-old Kenin, who fought thru early nerves in her first style of Fed Cup motion.
However the veteran Strycova, taking part in her 20th Fed Cup tie after first showing within the match in 2002, confirmed her enjoy, breaking the younger American’s serve seven instances to carry on for a 6-7 6-1 6-Four victory.
It was once the perfect get started for the Czechs, winners of 5 of the ultimate seven Fed Cup titles, who’re with out two in their most sensible gamers.
But they nonetheless stay heavy favorites towards a U.S. workforce that includes 3 debutantes, together with Kenin, as a result of their best possible gamers are all unavailable.
Reporting by way of Jason Hovet; Enhancing by way of Ian Chadband