Petra Kvitova takes on in-form Sara Errani in the second singles rubber on day one of the Czech Republic's Fed Cup semi-final against Italy.
Kvitova has been the stalwart of the Czech Republic side over the past year, winning her last eight rubbers. With an even more impressive streak of 27 successive wins indoors, she's the player Italy are most worried about this weekend.
The Italians handed out a 5-0 drubbing to the Czechs in the 2010 semis but with home advantage and a fast indoor hard court, Kvitova is confident that her country will be handing out similar punishment this weekend.
“It will be good revenge,” Kvitova said. “Last time when played against them we lost 5-0, so it wasn’t really a good result and we have bad memories from this. I will have a lot of fans there [in Ostrava]. For Davis Cup [the CEZ Arena] is always full and now we are playing Fed Cup there, we hope it will be full again.”
However Kvitova has been struggling with injury over the US hard court swing and the diminutive Errani is in the form of her life. She reached the Aussie Open quarters in January and has since won two WTA titles.
Prediction: Expect this one to be close but Kvitova to edge through in three.