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Safarova seals back-to-back Fed Cup titles for the Czech Republic

Safarova seals back-to-back Fed Cup titles for the Czech Republic

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23:29 GMT, 4 November 2012

Lucie Safarova sealed back-to-back Fed Cup titles for the Czech Republic, who beat Serbia 3-1 in Prague.

The Czechs needed just one victory on Sunday after taking a commanding 2-0 lead, with Safarova seeing
off Ana Ivanovic and Petra Kvitova powering past Jelena Jankovic.

White hot: Czech Republic celebrate Fed Cup success

White hot: Czech Republic celebrate Fed Cup success

In the reverse singles, Ivanovic gave Serbia hope in the opening rubber with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kvitova and they would have been further buoyed by the fact Jankovic had won five of her six previous meetings with Safarova.

But the former world No 1 was brushed aside 6-1, 6-1 by Safarova to seal glory for the Czechs, who beat Russia 12 months ago.

Their male counterparts have the chance to complete a team double when they take on Spain in the Davis Cup final in Prague later this month.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012: Maria Sharapova launches defence of grunting

Taking it for grunted Sharapova launches staunch defence of noisy antics

Making her point: Sharapova

Making her point: Sharapova

Maria Sharapova delivered a delicious put-down as the issue of grunting reared its head again ahead of this morning's Australian Open women's semi-finals.

With three of the four protagonists – Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova – known for the noisy habit, the Russian was asked about beaten quarter-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska's complaint that her grunting was off-putting.

'Isn't she back in Poland already When did she get a chance to say that' asked Sharapova, who was due to face Kvitova at 4am UK time.

'Nobody important has told me to change or do anything different. Right now there's no rule change. I don't hear there will be one, so it doesn't matter what my answer would be.'