Czechs call up Pliskova, Kvitova, Strycova against Germany

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World number six Karolina Pliskova to lead the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semi-final tie in Germany on April 21-22.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — World number six Karolina Pliskova will lead the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semi-final tie in Germany on April 21-22, the Czech Fed Cup team announced Wednesday.

Captain Petr Pala has also called up 10th-ranked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 26th-ranked Barbora Strycova, adding, in a post on Facebook, he would name the fourth player later on.

“The team is strong but we are facing a strong opponent,” said Pala, who has led the Czechs to five Fed Cup titles out of the last seven Fed Cup editions.

“The tie will definitely be great for the audience and tough for both teams.”

“The Germans are in a great shape. (Julia) Goerges played the final at Charleston, (Angelique) Kerber plays much better than last year,” added Pala.

The Czechs, who lead 7-1 in head-to-head ties with Germany, beat Switzerland at home in the first round in February while Germany edged past Belarus in Minsk.

The Czech Republic and Germany last met in the 2014 final when the Czechs won 3-1.

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