Czechs oust Canada in Fed Cup

Quebec City, QC ( - The defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic advanced in the event with an easy quarterfinal victory over Canada.

Karolina Pliskova and Tereza Smitkova both won their singles matches on Saturday, and Pliskova downed Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-2 in the first match Sunday to close out the best-of-five tie.

Smitkova and Francoise Abanda did not play their singles rubber Sunday, while the doubles matchup of Lucie Hradecka and Denisa Allertova against Dabrowski and Abanda was also won by the Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).

The Czechs are 3-0 all-time versus Canada and 6-0 if you include their results as the former Czechoslovakia.

They will meet France in April's semifinals. France advanced through Italy in their quarterfinal meeting.

The Czechs were playing without world No. 4 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, while Canada was without seventh-ranked Wimbledon runner-up Genie Bouchard.

The three-time champion Czech Republic beat Germany in last year's final.