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Czech Republic, Italy, Russia Advance in Fed Cup Women’s Tennis

February 10, 2013

Petra Kvitova defeated Australia’s Samantha Stosur in three sets today to give defending champion the Czech Republic an unbeatable 3-0 lead in a Fed Cup tennis quarterfinal. Italy, Russia and Slovakia also advanced.

Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, won 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in Ostrava in the top team competition in women’s tennis. The Czechs then won the “dead rubber” doubles match for a 4-0 scoreline.

Italy downed the U.S. 3-2 in Rimini, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci winning the decisive doubles 6-2, 6-2 against Liezel Huber and Varvara Lepchenko.

Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova gave Russia a 3-2 win over Japan with a 6-2, 6-2 doubles victory over Japan’s Ayumi Morita and Misaki Doi in Moscow.

Jana Cepelova and Daniela Hantuchova had wins over Bojana Jovanovski and Vesna Dolonc as visitors Slovakia built a winning 3-1 lead over Serbia in Nis.

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