Czechs lead 2-0 after Fed Cup final Day 1, diminish USA’s title defense chances

After the first day of the Fed Cup final, the Czech Republic leads defending champions USA 2-0, which is pretty much an insurmountable lead, as the Czechs have a stronger team, especially if we take into account that for the potentially deciding doubles rubber they have doubles No.1s Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova ready to show their skills.

In the first match on Saturday, Barbora Strycova rallied from a set down to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4, while Katerina Siniakova enjoyed a more straightforward win against Alison Riske 6-3 7-6(2).

In Sunday’s reverse singles, Kenin will play Siniakova, and Riske will go against Strycova. The fifth rubber is scheduled to be between the mentioned world No.1 Czech doubles team and Americans Nicole Melichar and Danielle Collins.

The Czechs are just one win away from their sixth title in eight years and their first Fed Cup victory over USA in more than 30 years.

Cheering their countrywomen from the stands in Prague were Petra Kvitova, who’s been sidelined because of illness, and Lucie Safarova, who has just announced that the 2019 Australian Open will be the last and the only upcoming tournament in her career.

Our Jimmie48 is in the Czech capital, so we have a bunch of photos from the packed O2 Arena.

Let’s see if USA will manage to make a big surprise on Sunday!

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