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Czech Republic leads Italy 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

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OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — The Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals Saturday after Lucie Safarova defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1 in the opening singles match.

The 26th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with a return winner to complete the victory over her 11th-ranked opponent.

“It’s an important victory for our team,” said Safarova, who improved to 2-1 against Errani.

The Czech played aggressively from the start on the fast indoor hard-court at the CEZ Arena, hitting 33 winners to Errani’s four.

The opening set saw both players losing their serve twice in the first five games. Errani then double-faulted in the ninth game to lose her serve for the third time and Safarova clinched the set with a service winner.

“I was nervous at the beginning and made some mistakes,” Safarova said. “But then I managed to focus on my game. I went aggressively for the points.”

Errani continued in the same fashion in the final set, losing her three service games.

Sixth-ranked Petra Kvitova plays Saturday’s second singles for the host against the 54th-ranked Camila Giorgi.

Czech Republic leads Italy 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

KDWN

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — The Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals Saturday after Lucie Safarova defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1 in the opening singles match.

The 26th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with a return winner to complete the victory over her 11th-ranked opponent.

The Czech played aggressively from the start on the fast indoor hard-court at the CEZ Arena, hitting 33 winners to Errani’s 4.

The opening set saw both players losing their serve twice in the first five games. Errani continued in the same fashion in the final set, losing her three service games.

Sixth-ranked Petra Kvitova plays Saturday’s second singles for the host against the 54th-ranked Camila Giorgi.