Czechs edge France to retain Fed Cup title


STRASBOURG, France: Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova clinched the Czech Republic’s fifth Fed Cup title in six years on Sunday (Monday in Manila) after beating France in the deciding doubles rubber in Strasbourg. With the tie level at 2-2, US Open finalist Pliskova teamed up with Strycova to defeat French Open doubles champions Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 to prolong the Czechs’ reign. It was their third triumph in succession and 10th overall, with only the United States boasting more titles with 17.



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