November 11, 2018 / 11:21 AM / a month ago

Czechs look to clinch sixth Fed Cup title in eight years

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Fed Cup - World Group Final - Czech Republic v United States - O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - November 10, 2018 Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova celebrates during her match against Alison Riske of the U.S. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Katerina Siniakova will look to clinch the Czech Republic’s sixth Fed Cup title in eight years on Sunday as the world doubles number one takes on American Sofia Kenin in the first of the reverse singles rubbers.

The Czechs swept the opening-day singles matches on Saturday to go 2-0 up against the United States, the defending champions, in front of a sold-out O2 Arena in Prague.

No team has ever come back from an 0-2 deficit in a Fed Cup final and the Czechs are unbeaten at home in their last 10 ties, dating back to 2009.

The two most successful countries in the tournament’s history are facing off in a final for the first time in more three decades but both are without their top players.

Americans Serena and Venus Williams, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens were all unavailable while, for the Czechs, Karolina Pliskova pulled out with injury and Petra Kvitova has been sidelined due to illness.

Reporting by Jason Hovet; editing by Clare Fallon

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