Czech team loses first two singles matches at Fed Cup semi-finals


The Czech Republic’s women’s tennis team is losing 2:0 to Italy in the semi-finals of the Fed Cup. In the first singles rubber in Rome on Saturday Lucie Hradecká was beaten 4-6 5-7 by Flavia Pennetta, despite being 4:1 up in both sets. In the second match Lucie Šafářová lost 0-6 2-6 to Francesca Schiavone. Šafářová is set to face Pennetta in the third singles rubber in the best-of-five tie, which concludes on Sunday.