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DEFENDING CHAMPION CZECH REPUBLIC TO TAKE ON SERBIA AND ANA IVANOVIC THIS WEEKEND ON TENNIS CHANNEL

LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2012

Petra Kvitova Leads Czech Republic against Serbia and Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic for a Chance to Win Seventh Fed Cup Crown

Tennis Channel will provide exclusive coverage of Serbia and the Czech Republic’s championship competition in Prague, this weekend, with comprehensive telecasts Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Highlighting the competition, World No. 8 Petra Kvitova will face former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic for the first time since the 2012 Australian Open, when Kvitova defeated the Serbian to reach the quarterfinals. However, Ivanovic has the career upper hand, holding a 3-1 record against the 2011 Wimbledon champion. Last year the Czech team defeated Russia in Moscow to capture its first Fed Cup title as an independent nation and sixth overall (which includes championships won as Czechoslovakia).

The battle between first-time Fed Cup finalist Serbia and defending champion Czech Republic will consist of two singles matches on Saturday, and two singles matches and the doubles match Sunday. Tennis Channel will carry all matches, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, followed by same-day encore coverage on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET.

Coverage from O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday, Nov. 3:
2:30 p.m. – Singles #1
4:30 p.m. – Singles #2

Sunday, Nov. 4:
11:30 a.m. – Singles #3
1:30 p.m. – Singles #4
3:30 p.m. – Doubles
{1:30 a.m. – Instant Encore Singles}

Serbia and the Czech Republic will meet for the first time as independent nations, although they have faced each other three times in Fed Cup play while competing under the flags of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The Czech team hopes to uphold its unbeaten record of 3-0 against Serbia, although the nation’s most recent of these victories came in 1987. Serbia enters this weekend’s championship after defeating both Belgium and Russia to reach its first final.

The Czech Republic earned its spot in this weekend’s matchup after a pair of impressive 4-1 victories over Germany in Stuttgart and Italy in Ostrava, to reach its second-consecutive Fed Cup final. While competing as Czechoslovakia the country clinched the Fed Cup title five times between 1975 and 1988. The Czech team is captained by Petr Pala and features last year’s Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova.

Serbia is captained by Dejan Vranes and features 2008 French Open champion Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Bojana Jovanovski and Aleksandra Krunic.

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For Further information:
Eric Abner , Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com