Czechs take 1-0 lead over Germany in Fed Cup



STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Iveta Benesova gave the Czech Republic a perfect start to the defense of its Fed Cup title, rallying from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday in the opening match of their first-round series.

Germany’s Julia Goerges was to face Wimbledon champion and second-ranked Petra Kvitova in the second match later Saturday.

The series will be decided Sunday with two reverse singles and a doubles match at Porsche Arena.

Germany’s 10th-ranked Andrea Petkovic was ruled out with a lower back injury.