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Safarova lifts Czechs to second straight Fed Cup title

5:47 AM, Nov 4, 2012   |    comments
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Prague, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - Lucie Safarova rolled to a straight- set win over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic on Sunday to give the Czech Republic its second straight Fed Cup title.

The Czechs carried a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five tie into Sunday's reverse singles play, but Ana Ivanovic kept Serbia's slim hopes alive with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Petra Kvitova in the first match of the day.

Safarova then went out and blasted Jankovic, 6-1, 6-1, in just 77 minutes to give the host nation an insurmountable 3-1 lead. Safarova won both of her singles matches this weekend, giving the Czechs their first point Saturday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Ivanovic.

The Czech Republic won its first Fed Cup title as an independent nation last year, beating Russia in the final. The former Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993, won five Fed Cup championships.

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