In Sports News this Monday: Strýcová is heroine as Czechs turn around tie with France to win Fed Cup for fifth time in six years; and newcomers help national soccer team win first World Cup qualifier to keep Russia 2018 hopes alive.
Strýcová drives turnaround as Czechs win Fed Cup yet again
Plíšková, who has herself been the unexpected saviour of a Czech Fed Cup final in the past, pointed out that Strýcová hadn’t even known whether she would be sent onto the court in Strasbourg.
“She never knew, which made things harder. But Bára played an excellent singles match and then again in the doubles. We’ve played quite a few doubles matches together so we believed in one another. She’s a kind of motivator – she’s able to crank things up in the doubles. And if either of us has a weaker moment, the other one steps up. So far it’s worked out for us.”
“You never get tired of this. Victories, cups and medals never get old. Each one has its own special story. And for me this one in particular will be sweet for me, when I stop playing and look back at my career.”
The Czechs’ non-playing captain Petr Pála will also no doubt look back on Strasbourg with extra fondness. Victory there has made him the most successful non-playing captain in Fed Cup history.