France Hosts Dominating Czechs in Weekend Fed Cup Final

by Staff | November 8th, 2016, 10:38 am

France will hold the home court advantage in Strasbourg, but the Czech Republic will bring the firepower this weekend when the Fed Cup final is held on indoor hardcourt on Nov. 12-13.
The Czechs, led by former Grand Slam champ Petra Kvitova and US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, have won the Fed Cup in four of the last five years.

Kvitova said this year’s final will be a little more intimate than the last two 10,000-plus fans packed into her home Prague arena.

“It’s a little bit different,” Kvitova said. “It’s like a little more [loud], and in France it should be around 6,000, 7,000 people coming.”

The resurgent Pliskova last weekend won the WTA’s Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai.

France will be the underdog, countering with world No. 23 Caroline Garcia, and outside Top-40 players Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier, but the Czechs aren’t sitting back.

“To win we need to play better than well,” said Czech captain Petr Pala. “We need the quality and form of our players to be there. If all our girls play well, and the way they are capable of, then it will give us a chance.”

The Czechs have nine Fed Cup titles, second behind the United State’s 17. They are looking to become the first country to win three straight titles since the reign of Spain behind Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez in 1993-95. France last won 13 years ago behind former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo for its second overall title.

France’s Garcia and Mladenovic, who this year won the French Open title, will be formidable if the tie comes down to the final doubles.

“It’s going to be a very interesting and exciting tie,” Mladenovic said. “Just thinking about it…I’m already having goosebumps…It’s always better to play home.”

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17 Comments for France Hosts Dominating Czechs in Weekend Fed Cup Final

RZ Says:

The Czechs have the upper hand in singles, but if it gets to the final doubles rubber, I would have to go with the French team as Mladenovic-Garcia are a strong doubles team.

jalep Says:

Great first round fight going on between Karolina and Kiki! One set apiece in Strasbourg right now. The first set looked like Karolina might run away with the match but Kiki has stepped up and Karolina’s excellent serving has dropped enough to give the French hope.

These two are very close friends in real life. But it’s Fed Cup – and they’re not holding back! I was worried about Kiki.

Margot Says:

Hi jalep. Fabulous match but they need to change the rules, either have a tie in the third or 5 sets, such an advantage for Plish to be serving first in the 3rd.
I tried to log on to tenngrand to give NNY and yourself indeed big commiserations and hugs, but I couldn’t so have them now and please pass them onto NNY.
ooooo =hugs :)

Willow Says:

Hi from me Jalep, and i share in Margots hugs and commiserations ;-)) ….

jalep Says:

Oh, okay, sorry to hear you couldn’t log on, Margot, thank-you. I pass your words along. And thanks to you too, Willow. :)

Right now I’m only marginally interested in tennis. It seems my mind is elsewhere, but yes, I’m all in favor of best of 5 sets for Fed Cup matches and in GS’s, and finals for Masters 1000’s in WTA and ATP both.

Caroline Garcia played the best singles match I’ve ever seen her play to defeat Petra, wow.

Margot Says:

First set France. Caro playing brilliantly, her first serve is firing! Really like her, hope she finds some form next year and starts making waves. Huge talent.
Am wondering if Karolina is tired after that epic yesterday.

jalep Says:

Isn’t Caroline Garcia fabulous?! And so is Karolina Pliskova — she really is cool. Love both of them, Margot.

One set each. And now I have no live Fed Cup coverage. I tried to sign up for an online Davis Cup/ Fed Cup on the Fed Cup site but I was GEOBLOCKED. unbelievable, grrrrrr. Tennistv is no longer going to cover WTA – subscription cancelled there too.

Sob, sob…I have been robbed, Margot …Whaaaaaaaa

jalep Says:

I refuse to pay the additional price for for TC Plus after already paying an exorbitant price to Direct TV to get Tennis Channel. Greedy sobs.

jalep Says:

Margot, Nny sends her thanks for your words and kindness. As do I, thanks again. Sometimes I wake up ready to fight and apply myself to the many causes at risk — other days I wake up too sad and tired.

But congrats to Caroline Garcia – from what I watched of her she’s the best singles player of either team – France or the Czechs! Hope she carries and continues this level into 2017 WTA!

Margot Says:

Cheers jalep, my family and friends pretty upset over here too. We simply cannot believe it. Only good thing from my point of view is the chump may be giving the plonker a job.
Meanwhile CARO! My goodness she was taking Karolina’s serve so early, paid off big time.

Margot Says:

jalep, I’m sulking big time because BBC is not showing evening matches! Can you actually believe it? My license fee….rant, rant!

jalep Says:

I wish you could log into Tennisgrand — for the non-tennis forum anyway. Amy, Nny, and myself all need you.

Dare I ask about this, “Only good thing from my point of view is the chump may be giving the plonker a job.” It made me laugh, thank you very much but is there a translation? :)

Margot Says:

jalep, I even emailed the rickster explain that “hug” was not a code word for “bomb” but alas no joy.
Expect you can guess who chump is but “plonker” is the odious Nigel Farage who has a huge bromance going on with president elect orange.

jalep Says:

Oh yeah, I saw them together grinning and laughing in an elevator…eww. Sometimes I have to laugh but today…all frustration and angst. The yurt in Southern France comes to mind …then I wonder about France too.

Thanks for trying. Rickster has not been keeping up.

Quite a battle between Strycova and Cornet. Amelie sure looks good.

Margot Says:

Looked as if neither wanted to win for a bit there. Cornez is….well…um…volatile. Didn’t think she could do it TBH
Looking forward to the doubles. Kiki is a terrific doubles player.

jane Says:

Big congrats to Pliskova and all the Czech team – well deserved win, well contended finals!! Kudos ladies.

Margot Says:

Huge congrats to the Czech team. Brilliant.
Better luck next time you Fab French.

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