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A Fine Day for Fed Cup Doubles

November 7, 2011

It wasn’t exactly a barn burner of a final rubber, but you have to admit a 2-2 tie being decided by a doubles match can be a good thing.

That’s what happened yesterday at the Fed Cup finals with the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke topping the Russians Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina. That clinched the Czech Republic’s first Fed Cup title since 1988.

All four of the players on court for the final rubber were ranked in the top 15, so you knew the match had the potential to be a real exciting one. “Potential” is the key word there, because for all the players’ success, no one was competing with their regular partners. In the end, though, what probably helped the Czechs achieve victory was the veteran play of Peschke.

I’ve had mixed feelings about doubles being the final match in the past, but the circumstances here, where it was the decider, helped me see the Fed Cup format in a new light.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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