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Kvitova sends Czechs into Fed Cup final

Ostrava, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Petra Kvitova notched a straight-set victory over Caroline Garcia on Sunday to send the Czech Republic into the Fed Cup final for the fourth time in the last five years.

Kvitova earned a 6-4, 6-4 win in the first reverse singles match Sunday to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the best-of-five semifinal tie. The two-time Wimbledon champ also won her first singles match on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Kristina Mladenovic.

Sunday's second reverse singles match was not played and the French salvaged one point this weekend with a doubles victory from Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier. The duo rallied after a disastrous first set and captured an 0-6, 6-3, 10-8 triumph over Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Russia will be the opponent for the Czechs in November's final. The Russians advanced Sunday with a 3-2 win over Germany, taking the decisive doubles rubber after the Germans had stormed back from an 0-2 deficit.

The Czechs beat the Russians in the 2011 finale and will host Russia in November. The 2011 title started the latest run for the Czechs, who beat Serbia in the 2012 final and topped Germany for the crown last year.

France, which fell to 3-3 all-time against the Czechs in the Fed Cup, hasn't won the title since 2003.