Petra Kvitová failed to secure a second title in Dubai on Saturday, losing
3:6, 6:1, 2:6 to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the final.
Kvitová had won all six sets she'd played previously against Bencic and had won seven of her last eight finals, but she could not overcome the Swiss' aggressive game.
The two-time Wimbledon winner dropped to 17-4 on the season.
Karolína Plíšková is to replace Petra Kvitová in the first round of
the Fed Cup against Romania, taking place in the Czech city Ostrava from
February 9th -10th.
Kvitová, who took second at the recent Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne, has decided to focus on upcoming contests in St. Petersburg and Doha.
Apart from Plíšková, on the Czech women’s team are Kateřina Siniáková, Barbora Krejčíková and Markéta Vondroušová.
The winner of this clash will face either France or Belgium in the semi-finals, in April.
The Czech Republic is the current Fed Cup title holder and has won 6 of the last 8 editions.
Petra Kvitová was beaten at the Australian Open by 21-year-old Naomi Osaka
6:7 7:5 4:6 on Saturday, dashing her hopes of a third grand slam title.
Petra Kvitová was playing in her first grand slam final since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014 and only two years after the knife attack at her home that put her career at risk.
“It's a great tournament to be in, it has been a while since I've been in the final. I want to thank my friends and family back home. I want to thank everyone who made it possible to help me come back and play” Kvitová said after the dramatic match.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová has reached the Australian Open finals,
after defeating her unseeded American opponent Danielle Rose Collins by a
score of 7-6, 6-0.
It is the first time Kvitová has made the finals in Melbourne and her third overall appearance in a Grand Slam tournament.
Her compatriot Karolína Plíšková lost her own semi-final match in Melbourne on Thursday to Japan's Naomi Osaka in three sets, by a score of 2-6, 6-4 and 4-6.
The final between Kvitová and Osaka takes place on Saturday.
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