QUEBEC CITY (AFP) – Defending champions the Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup semi-finals on Sunday, defeating hosts Canada 4-0 without dropping a set.
Karolina Pliskova defeated Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-2 to give the visitors an insurmountable 3-0 lead. The Czechs booked a spot against France in April’s semi-finals, while Germany, last year’s runners-up, will face Russia.
The Czechs were without fourth-ranked Petra Kvitova and 15th-ranked Lucie Safarova while the Canadians were without seventh-ranked Eugenie Bouchard.
Pliskova needed only 72 minutes to capture the clincher, smacking 28 winners against 27 unforced errors. She fired four aces and won five of her eight break-point chances. The second reverse singles, by now a dead rubber, went unplayed, while in the concluding doubles, the Czech duo of Denisa Allertova and Lucie Hradecka downed Francoise Abanda and Dabrowski 6-1, 7-6 (7/2).