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               === Ivanovic will open against champion Czechs ===
 Prague,  Czech  Republic (Sports  Network) -  Former world  No. 1 Ana Ivanovic
 will  play in  Saturday's opening  singles rubber  in the  2012 Fed  Cup final
 between her Serbian team and the host and reigning champion Czech Republic.
 Ivanovic  will take the court against Lucie Safarova, while the second opening
 singles  bout will pit eighth-ranked Czech star Petra Kvitova against Serbia's
 other former world No. 1, Jelena Jankovic.
 Sunday's  reverse singles call for the 2011 Wimbledon champion Kvitova to take
 on  the  12th-ranked former French Open  titlist Ivanovic and the world No. 22
 Jankovic  to battle  the 17th-ranked  Safarova. Sunday's  potentially deciding
 doubles match has a Czech tandem of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka,  who
 played  in this  year's U.S. Open and  Olympic finals, facing a Serbian duo of
 Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic.
 Kvitova  was  forced to pull out  of last week's WTA Championships in Istanbul
 because of a viral illness.
 "I  feel  very good. I  practiced yesterday one hour  and something and it was
 quite  okay," Kvitova said. "It's a big end of the season, we play at home and
 I play for the team, for the Czech Republic and that makes me strong."
 The  Czech  Republic is  captained  by  Petra  Pala,  while Serbia  is  guided
 by Dejan Vranes.
 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
 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.
 11/02 11:34:39 ET

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