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               === Kvitova will lead Czechs in Fed Cup final ===
 
 Prague, Czech Republic (Sports  Network) - On a day when she withdrew from the
 WTA Championships, it was announced that Petra Kvitova would lead the reigning
 champion Czech Republic in next week's Fed Cup final against visiting Serbia.
 
 The 2011 Wimbledon champion Kvitova pulled out of the WTA Championships due to
 a  viral  illness that  slowed her  in a round-robin  loss against this year's
 Wimbledon  runner-up  Agnieszka Radwanska in  Istanbul on Tuesday. Kvitova was
 the reigning champion at the prestigious season-ending event.
 
 Czech  captain Petra  Pala selected the world No. 6 Kvitova, 17th-ranked Lucie
 Safarova,  and  doubles specialists Andrea  Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who
 played in this year's U.S. Open and Olympic finals.
 
 Team Serbia, guided by Dejan Vranes, will counter with former world No. 1s Ana
 Ivanovic  and Jelena  Jankovic, as  well as  Bojana Jovanovski  and Aleksandra
 Krunic.
 
 The  Czechs  and Serbs will  square off in a  best-of-five affair on an indoor
 hardcourt  at  Prague's O2  Arena. The two  nations have never  met in Fed Cup
 play.
 
 The  Czech Republic  beat Russia in last  year's final in Moscow to secure its
 first  championship  since the  former  Czechoslovakia,  a five-time  Fed  Cup
 champ, split in 1993.
 
 
 
 10/24 12:06:02 ET