Author: Andrew Younger
Published: 10:16 06/09/2014
The Grand Slams may have finished for the year but major tennis tournaments keep coming thick and fast.
The Fed Cup final takes place in Prague on 8-9 November with Germany and Czech Republic battling it out to become the premier nation in women’s tennis.
The Czech team come into the final top of the world rankings and early favourites with star player Petra Kvitova ready to lead the line once more like she has done throughout the entire campaign.
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She is likely to go toe to toe with Germany’s no.1 Angelique Kerber who is ranked among the top 10 players in world Tennis and unbeaten in 2014 Fed Cup singles matches.
Kerber has reached four finals so far in 2014 but is yet to clinch a singles title. You would have to go back to September 2013 for her last taste of success on the tour when she crowned champion at the Generali Ladies Linz.
Kvitova, however, will come into the final as reigning Wimbledon champion after she triumphed in SW19 after defeating Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 in a convincing finals display.
This winning mentality is one that could prove crucial when it comes to the crunch time, and its one the Czech team as a whole, not just Kvitova, will benefit from.
The Czech Republic have won seven Fed Cup titles with their last two wins coming as recent as 2011 and 2012. These victories will still be fresh in the minds of some of the Czech players who can take the invaluable experience of playing in the heat of the final into the 2014 event.
Germany, however, have not claimed a Fed Cup victory since 1992 and they have not so much as been to a final since. To their players, even the experienced Kerber, this will be a new experience, which will bring about a unique set of pressures that the Germans have not yet encountered.
Whether they will rise to the challenge or crumble under the pressure remains to be seen, but with two stars like Kerber and Kvitova ready to do battle, this final is not one to be missed.
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