Had Petra Kvitova fallen to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second day of Fed Cup and had Russia then gone on to win the title, her year would not have sparkled as much as it does now after she came back from a set and 0-3 down in the third to stop the two-time Grand Slam champion 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Then Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stopped Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-4 and the tie went down to the fifth and deciding rubber where Czechs Lucie Hradecka/Kveta Peschke took down Maria Kirilenko/Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2, giving their nation their first Fed Cup crown since 1988, when they were still playing as Czechoslovakia.
Props must go to the veteran Peschke, who has been a Fed Cup warrior for her country, but there is no way the team would have made it that far without Kvitova, the country’s most promising player since Hana Mandlikova who stormed undefeated through the last three weeks of the year winning Linz, the WTA Championships and the Fed Cup final, notching 12 straight victories. In Fed Cup, she won all of her six 2011 matches in three different ties.
The tall lefthander is without question the WTA