Kristina ends Coco's 13-match Fed Cup run, Czechs dominate Germany

Kristina ends Coco's 13-match Fed Cup run, Czechs dominate Germany

The sides were level at 1-1 after Saturday's singles until US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-0 in 54 minutes to give the Americans an early advantage on Sunday.

Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. in action against Kristina Mladenovic of France during their match of the Fed Cup World Group semi final tie between France and the United States in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, 21 April 2018.

The final will be played on the indoor hard courts of Prague on the Czech Republic from November 10-11.

"I knew (Pauline) would play well, she was so good against Sloane yesterday. I was getting nervous before this game", admitted Kvitova.

Paris: The United States aim to prove again that they can thrive without Serena and Venus Williams when they tackle France for a place in a second consecutive Fed Cup final this weekend.

But she was unable to repeat those heroics against Stephens who had given the Americans their first point when defeating Parmentier 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 in Saturday's opening match.

"It feels unbelievable to do that for my team and put us in the finals again", said the 23-year-old Keys.

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"I knew I had to start very strong today and continue that throughout".

Waiting for the USA in the November final are the Czechs, who swept past Germany 4-1 in the other semi-final in Stuttgart.

"From the beginning of the match, I knew I had all the weapons".

Keys' victory handed the defending champions an unassailable 3-1 lead over France in the semi-final tie before the hosts won the dead doubles rubber. "It takes me days to recover from a Fed Cup loss, whereas with a normal match within a day you're bouncing back - but the wins are incredible".

Kvitova and Pliskova rolled the Czechs to a 2-0 lead after day one with straight-set wins over Julia Goerges and Kerber.

The German No.1, the 5th woman to play Fed Cup for Germany for 10 years after Anna-Lena Gronefeld (13 years), Anke Huber (11), Helga Masthoff (11) and Barbara Rittner (11), claimed her seventh win in the competition thanks to a hard-working game and a deadlier first serve. Captain Kathy Rinaldi chose to replace Coco Vandeweghe, extremely disappointed yesterday for her first defeat after 13 consecutive wins, with no.13 Madison Keys, called to face Pauline Parmentier for the first time in her career.

"The girls did so well, both today and yesterday".


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