Czech Republic beats Italy in Fed Cup semis



OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova used her powerful serve and forehand to clinch a victory for Czech Republic over Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals.

The third-ranked Kvitova beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (1) on Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 lead and wrap up the best-of-five series on an indoor hardcourt at the CEZ Arena.

Kvitova converted her second match point with a forehand winner to improve her Fed Cup singles record to 15-4. She has won her last 10 Fed Cup singles matches.

The defending champion Czechs will face last year’s runner-up Russia or Serbia in November’s final.