Czechs top Spaniards to reach Fed Cup semis
Seville, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - The Fed Cup quarterfinal between the visiting Czech Republic and host Spain finally concluded Monday, with the Czechs sneaking out a 3-2 victory in the best-of-five affair in Seville.
After rain wreaked havoc on Saturday and Sunday, with only one of five scheduled rubbers being completed, no less than four matches had to be staged on an unscheduled Day 3 in Seville.
Spain headed into Monday with a 1-0 lead, but the Czechs won 3-of-4 matches, including a deciding doubles rubber when Andrea Hlavackova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova handled a Spanish tandem of Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, on the red clay at Centro de Tenis Blas Infante.
Monday's singles matches saw Czech Klara Zakopalova outlast Spaniard Maria- Teresa Torro-Flor 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, Suarez Navarro overcome Klara Zakopalova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Czech Lucie Safarova come back to best Soler-Espinosa 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The Safarova victory set the stage for the deciding doubles encounter.
Saturday's lone result in Seville saw Suarez Navarro subdue Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-4.
The Spaniards own five Fed Cup titles, while the Czechs, seeking a third title in four years, were back-to-back Fed Cup champs in 2011 and 2012.
The Czechs and Spaniards have now split four all-time meetings, with the Czechs also winning in 2009.
The Czech Republic, captained by Petr Pala, will host reigning champion Italy in a semifinal in April. The other semi will pit Australia against visiting Germany.
02/10 12:59:51 ET