Czech Republic, Spain locked in Fed Cup battle

By Dejan Kalinic 12 February 2017 930
Czech Republic, Spain locked in Fed Cup battle

Defending champions the Czech Republic are locked in a Fed Cup battle as three of the four quarter-final ties were level at 1-1 after Saturday's play.

The Czechs have won the past three titles, but split their singles rubbers on the opening day against Spain in Ostrava.

Garbine Muguruza overcame Barbora Strycova 6-0 3-6 6-1 to put Spain ahead before Karolina Pliskova proved too good for Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 7-5.

It was a day of tight battles, with second seeds France level with Switzerland in Geneva.

Timea Bacsinszky put the hosts ahead with a 7-5 6-4 win over Alize Cornet, but Kristina Mladenovic levelled for France by beating Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4.

In Minsk, Belarus and Netherlands are also level at 1-1.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich overcame Michaella Krajicek 4-6 6-3 6-2 before the Dutch squared the tie, Kiki Bertens battling past Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

The United States are the only team with some control, although rain slowed them down against Germany in Hawaii.

After a German anthem mix-up, Alison Riske beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (12-10) 6-2.

Coco Vandeweghe was on the verge of putting USA 2-0 ahead, but she will have to return to finish on Sunday, leading Julia Goerges 6-3 3-1.

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