PRAGUE (AP) — Barbora Strycova rallied from a suite down to offer the Czech Republic a 1-Zero lead over protecting champion United States within the Fed Cup ultimate on Saturday.

Taking part in within the closing Fed Cup fixture of her occupation, the 32-year-old Strycova overcame an early scare to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (Five), 6-1, 6-Four. The American youngster was once making her Fed Cup debut at the indoor hardcourt at Prague’s O2 Area.

Strycova served out the fit with a backhand winner on the internet on her first fit level to toughen to 11-7 in Fed Cup singles.

“I am so satisfied that I may win lately in entrance of any such crowd,” Strycova mentioned. “It is humorous as a result of it is her (Kenin) first one, and that is my closing one, so for me it was once numerous feelings.”

The 33rd-ranked Czech broke her 52nd-ranked opponent within the opening sport of the decisive set to take keep watch over with a 2-Zero lead. The 19-year-old Kenin seemed frightened in entrance of the Czech crowd, serving 3 double faults to path Five-2.

However Strycova did not serve the fit out as Kenin broke again.

Each avid gamers made 32 unforced mistakes and the American had 23 winners — two greater than her opponent — however Strycova made her enjoy rely within the decisive issues.

“For my Fed Cup debut, I used to be beautiful frightened however I used to be ready to deal with it after I stepped at the court docket,” Kenin mentioned. “The ambience was once simply improbable.”

Kenin wasted two damage issues in Strycova’s first 3 carrier video games in the second one set and was once damaged two times to permit the Czech to head Five-1 up and serve the set out.

After trailing Three-1 within the opening set, Kenin prevailed within the tiebreaker.

“I used to be very frightened initially,” Strycova mentioned, including that “at the second one set I began to transport a lot better and I additionally served a lot better which is helping me so much.”

Katerina Siniakova performs American Alison Riske in the second one singles rubber.

The Czechs are in the hunt for their 6th identify in 8 years. The USA, essentially the most a success Fed Cup country, gained its 18th identify closing 12 months in opposition to Belarus.


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