After two Saturday’s matches of the 2015 Fed Cup final, the Czech Republic and Russia were tied at 1-1, as their top players Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova both recorded victories, thus further increasing the anticipation of their big showdown that was about to kick off Sunday’s action in Prague.
The world No.6 Kvitova started Day 2 on a big note, breaking Sharapova in the opening game and making the atmosphere in the o2 Arena electric. The Czech held on to that lead all the way through the first set, winning it 6-3, helped by Sharapova’s double fault and badly-timed shot in the final game.
Despite saving two break points to hold for 1-0, Kvitova succumbed to Sharapova midway through the second set, as the Russian recorded her first break of the match to lead 3-2. And even though Kvitova broke back right away for 3-all, Sharapova took charge when it mattered most, went 5-4 up and easily served out the set. The Russian team celebrate it accordingly!
In the decider, Kvitova’s level of play collapsed and Sharapova stormed to a 3-6 6-4 6-2 victory, ending Kvitova’s eight-match Fed Cup winning streak.
I know this is totally random, but I like this pic of Sharapova’s Nike shoes. Of course Masha coordinated everything!
To keep Czech hopes of defending their Fed Cup title alive, Karolina Pliskova will have to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the upcoming match.
— Jimmie48 Photography (@JJlovesTennis) November 15, 2015