Petra Kvitova lived up to her moniker as the Czech No. 1 on Sunday afternoon, as she helped guide her country to a third title in four years with a thrilling encounter against Angelique Kerber.
The world No. 4 secured the third and final point in a breathtaking three-set display that ended 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 to give her nation the third and final point in the rubber, and their eighth overall Fed Cup title. The contest lasted a total of 2 hours and 57 minutes and required four match points to end the German team’s resistance.
“It was an amazing match and I’m just glad I did it,” Kvitova said. “It was up and down from the beginning of the match and I had to fight for every single point. Maybe I was just lucky in the end. We will celebrate now.”
Kvitova fought back valiantly from 4-1 down in the final set to win the next four games and put herself in a winning position. She eventually edged out Kerber and secured her Czech team their third title since 2011.
“I’m a little bit sad, but I think it was an unbelievable match – we had ups and downs and we were fighting until the last point,” Kerber said. “The crowd was unbelievable. Now it’s over but it’s still an experience to be in the final and in the end I think the Czech girls deserved to win it.”
This is also the Czech team’s third overall title as an independent nation. Czechoslovakia won the tournament on five separate occasions, including three straight times between 1983-85.