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Strycova, Kenin to open Fed Cup final, Kvitova battling sickness

AFP  |  Prague 

will launch the Czech Republic's victory bid on Saturday when she faces American Sofia in the opening match on Saturday.

Czech ambitions to claim an 11th title have been dampened with the loss of both (injury) and Petra Kvitova, who is sick but hoping to recover in time for Sunday.

Strycova, the 33rd-ranked Czech number two, will hope to put the first point on the board when she faces 19-year-old Kenin, who is still in search of her maiden WTA singles title, on the hardcourt of at 1300 GMT on Saturday.

Katerina Siniakova, the world number 31, will then face 63rd-ranked in Saturday's second

Siniakova has replaced seventh-ranked Kvitova as the Czech number one after the two-time champion pulled out of Saturday's singles with a bad cold. On Sunday, Siniakova is due to face and Strycova will then take on Riske.

Siniakova and are then scheduled to face and the Czech-born in the final doubles

The teams may change after day one and if Kvitova gets better, she is certain to appear on the court on Sunday.

The US, eyeing a record-extending 19th title, are missing Sloane Stephens, and

The beat in in last year's final after seeing off the Czechs in the semi-final.

The US and the Czechs are the most successful teams in history, with the hosts also being second best in terms of head-to-head, winning only two of their previous 12 meetings.

Led by Kvitova and Pliskova, the Czechs have won five of the last seven editions including all three finals they have played on Prague's hardcourt.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 19:30 IST