November 4, 2012 / 1:26 PM / 5 years ago

Ivanovic keeps Serbia in hunt for Fed Cup title

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic beat Petra Kvitova 6-3 7-5 on Sunday to keep alive Serbia’s hopes of winning their debut Fed Cup title.

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reacts during their final match of the Fed Cup tennis tournament against zech Republic's Petra Kvitova in Prague November 4, 2012. REUTERS/David W Cerny

World number eight Kvitova had been expected to hand defending champions Czech Republic an unbeatable 3-0 lead on Sunday but former French Open winner Ivanovic produced an inspired display to keep the tie alive.

The 24-year old Serb took the first point for Serbia with a forehand winner on her third match point.

“It is amazing to give hope to our team. Overall I am very happy, it was a very high quality match I played today,” Ivanovic told reporters.

“I knew today I would be playing better and I started swinging from the beginning and worked well for me. (Kvitova) started swinging again (in the second set), getting few winners down the lines, but I managed to stay calm.”

Lucie Safarova will take on Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic in the second reverse singles.

The Czechs are hoping to complete a tennis double as the men’s team take on Spain in the Davis Cup final later this month.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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