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              === Czechs open 2-0 lead over Serbia in Fed Cup ===
 Prague, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won
 opening  singles matches  Saturday to give the Czech Republic a commanding 2-0
 lead over visiting Serbia in the Fed Cup final.
 Safarova  was first on  the court for the home nation and she came away with a
 6-4,  6-3 victory over former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic before Kvitova won nine
 straight  games en route to a 6-4, 6-1 rout of Jelena Jankovic, another former
 top-ranked Serbian star.
 Kvitova  will have  the first chance to  give the Czechs a second straight Fed
 Cup  title on  Sunday. The 2011 Wimbledon champ will open reverse singles play
 in  the best-of-five tie against Ivanovic before Safarova and Jankovic meet in
 the day's second scheduled singles match.
 Should  it come down  to doubles in the fifth rubber, the Czechs will send out
 Andrea  Hlavackova and  Lucie  Hradecka  -- finalists  at  the  U.S. Open  and
 Olympics -- against a Serbian duo of Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic.
 After  a trade of  early breaks in the first match, Safarova broke again for a
 4-3  lead and held the rest of the way to claim the first set. She broke again
 to  start the  second set and closed  out the match with another break to give
 the Czechs the first point of the weekend.
 Jankovic  then appeared to give the Serbs some life in the second match with a
 4-2  lead in the opening set, but Kvitova turned it on from there. She won the
 final  four  games of the  first set  and the first  five of the second before
 Jankovic got on the board again. Kvitova then closed it out for a 2-0 lead.
 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.
 This marks the first Fed Cup meeting between Serbia and the Czech Republic.
 11/03 12:30:31 ET

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