Germany vs Czech Republic Fed Cup semi-finals live stream, preview, schedule and results: Stalwart Kvitova stars as Czechs reach sixth final in eight years

Andrew Hendrie in Fed Cup 23 Apr 2018
  • Germany host Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semi-finals live from Stuttgart between April 21-22
  • Petra Kvitova beat Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart as Czech reach the Fed Cup final for the sixth time in eight years
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Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova (Photo via fedcup.com)

Germany must win all three of Sunday's rubbers after victories for Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova put Fed Cup powerhouse Czech Republic up 2-0: live from Porsche Arena in Stuttgart between April 21-22.

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Germany vs Czech Republic Match Schedule

Rubber #1: Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER), 6-3, 6-2
Rubber #2: Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Angelique Kerber (GER), 7-5, 6-3
Rubber #3: Julia Goerges (GER) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 6-4 6-2
Rubber #4: Petra Kvitova d. Angelique Kerber (GER)

Czech Republic win 3-1


Latest Germany vs Czech Republic Fed Cup Results

Rubber #1: Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER), 6-3, 6-2
Julia Goerges made a bright start but ultimately found herself outclassed on serve and return in a high-quality battle of first-strike tennis which saw Petra Kvitova improve to 29-10 in Fed Cup singles.

Although clay is not Kvitova's favourite surface, she flourishes indoors and had every reason to feel confident in Stuttgart, where she is a former semifinalist. After winning the Premier-level St Petersburg Ladies Trophy indoors in February (trouncing Goerges on the way), Kvitova came into this clash with a 5-1 lead in the head-to-head and delivered an absolutely superb performance. After falling behind an early break 1-3 with an aggressive start from Goerges, Kvitova found her rhythm and drew level to 3-3 - then started to cruise, winning nine of the next 11 games. With the aid of superb returning, she pressured six double faults out of Goerges and kept punishing her second serve when it did land in. In the meantime her own serving was superb, winning 84% of points behind her first serve and losing just two points total on serve in the second set.

Kvitova also produced some dazzling stuff off the ground, including chasing down a Goerges drop shot for a seemingly impossible angled backhand winner.  

'I put the pressure on her by making sure I was putting the return in,' Kvitova said. 'She started to miss a lot, but I didn’t give her any time for (her) good shots. … I didn’t panic. She started to miss her serve more and made a few double faults.'

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Rubber #2: Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Angelique Kerber (GER), 7-5, 6-3
Trailing 0-1, Germany looked to former world no. 1 and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champion Angelique Kerber to restore order - but the left-hander found the racquet all but ripped out of her hand by what 'ace queen' Karolina Pliskova herself described as one of the best serving performances of her season so far. 

Pliskova trailed in the head-to-head coming in and it was easy to see why - the Czech, despite a surprise run to the French Open semifinals last year, is far from a natural clay-courter. Movement is Pliskova's biggest weaknesses, and it's one of Kerber's biggest strengths. The only option for Pliskova was to play nearly flawless first-strike tennis, and that's exactly what she did, breaking Kerber at the very end of a tight first set and then surviving a marathon game to consolidate the break and lead 5-2 in the second, closing the match out two games later.

'It was one of the best matches I played this year with my serve,' Pliskova said. 'A lot of aces and points on my first serve. It’s important against a player like Angie who doesn’t give you a lot of free points. I think it would have been much harder without the serve.'

Pliskova hit 15 aces, 15 winners, won 82% of points behind her first serve and 52% behind her second serve. There was little Kerber could do, and it left the Czechs enjoying a commanding 2-0 lead. 

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Rubber #3: Julia Goerges (GER) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-4 6-2

A determined Julia Goerges kept Germany in this Fed Cup tie with a superb 6-4 6-2 victory over Karolina Pliskova. Goerges had made a bright start in Saturday's opening rubber against Petra Kvitova, opening up a 3-1 lead, only to lose the match, but she never looked like relinquishing the lead against Pliskova when she got in front early on Sunday. Pliskova didn't serve as well as she did 24 hours earlier, but this was still a magnificent performance from Goerges.

Again, she got into a 3-1 lead, but this time, she simply grew from strength to strength. The foundation for this success was strong serving, as she sent down eight aces and did not face a single break point throughout the 56-minute meeting. One break of serve was enough to seal the opening set, while she broke two more times in the second to close the win that brought Germany back into the tie.

Rubber #4: Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 6-2 6-2

Prior to this weekend's Fed Cup tie, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber had split their previous 10 meetings, seven of which went the distance, hence, another long slug between these two appeared on the cards when the draw was made. All of that never materialised, instead, it was Kvitova who powered her way past an oft helpless Kerber. Kvitova was particularly savage on Kerber's second serve, winning 74% of points on the German's second offerings, Whlle she was ruthless on break points, converting five of six opportunities.

Kvitova emerged with a 3-1 lead after a three-break swing in the opening set, and from there, it was one-way traffic. The Czech broke again to take the set, before pulling way from 2-2 in the second set to complete the 6-2 6-2 victory which sends the USA into the Fed Cup final meeting with Czech Republic in November.




Germany vs Czech Republic Squads


Germany: Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber, Tatjana Maria, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jens Gerlach (captain)

Czech Republic: Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Petr Pala (captain)

These two powerhouse nations are very evenly matched heading into the semi-finals in Stuttgart. Both countries will select players ranked inside the world’s top 12 for singles, with host nation Germany set to pick World No. 11 Julia Goerges and World No. 12 Angelique Kerber to go up against Czech Republic’s World No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and World No. 10 Petra Kvitova. 

Germany and Czech Republic are also blessed with a lot of doubles expertise and experience - especially the Czech’s, who have No. 7 Katerina Siniakova and No. 12 Barbora Strycova in their ranks, both of whom can also comes into the singles arena if necessary. Germany will likely field the experienced Anna-Lena Groenefeld in doubles, while Goerges has also had a lot of success in doubles before focusing primarily on singles over the last couple of seasons.

It’s really shaping as a thrilling semi-final showdown. Out of all the players, it’s Kvitova who has the best Fed Cup record, winning 28 out of 38 singles rubbers for Czech Republic, including two in the quarter-finals against Switzerland in February, which was part of a 14-match winning streak the two-time Wimbledon champion put together in collecting titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Pliskova meanwhile has an excellent 9-3 record in singles, winning her last three straight - including an epic 16-14 in the third triumph over Kristina Mladenovic against France in the 2016 final. Kerber (13-10) and Goerges (6-7) don’t possess those sorts of numbers for Germany, but they are both players who are in tremendous form at the moment, and competing in front of their home fans should spark them to some inspired performances over the weekend.

But on paper, it’s Czech Republic who appear to have more depth, with Siniakova and Strycova both more than capable of coming into the singles rubbers if necessary (Pliskova hasn’t been in the best form in 2018), while they are both top 12 doubles players. Germany will need Goerges and Kerber to lift and Groenefeld to draw on her vast doubles experience in order to prevail.

Fed Cup Format


Fed Cup ties are played over the best of five rubbers over two days. Two singles rubbers are played on Saturday, followed by the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday with the tie going to a deciding doubles rubber if necessary.

Player nominations can be changed up until an hour before the start of play.

One nation hosts the tie, with the choice of ground decided by where the two competing teams played last time. Czech Republic played host to Germany in their last meeting, so it’s Germany’s turn to welcome the Czechs in Stuttgart this weekend.

Germany vs Czech Republic History


Czech Republic lead H2H 7-1

Czech Republic hold a dominant record over Germany in Fed Cup, winning seven of their eight previous ties, including the 2014 final in Prague when Petra Kvitova beat Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber and Lucie Safarova toppled Kerber to hand the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Czech Republic also registered a 4-1 victory over Germany in the first round in 2012 before going on to claim the title. Germany’s one and only win came all the way back in 1987, when led by Steffi Graf, they prevailed 2-1 over then-Czechoslovakia in the semi-finals in Vancouver.

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