Kvitova beats Golubic, Czechs lead Swiss 1-0 in Fed Cup

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Kvitova beats Golubic, Czechs lead Swiss 1-0 in Fed Cup
FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in action during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2018 tennis tournament final match in St.Petersburg, Russia. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will face Viktorija Golubic in the opening match as the Czech Republic plays Switzerland in the first round of the upcoming Fed Cup. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, FILE)

PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame a second-set scare to beat Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 Saturday and give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead against Switzerland in the Fed Cup first round.

The 100th-ranked Golubic double-faulted to drop her serve in the eighth game of the final set, allowing the 21st-ranked Kvitova to serve out the match. The Czech converted her first match point with a backhand volley at the net.

After winning the first set, Kvitova looked to be heading for an easy victory, breaking Golubic in the opening game of the second set. But she struggled with her serve, giving the Swiss a chance to come back with six straight games.

Barbora Strycova played for the Czechs in the second singles against Belinda Bencic later Saturday in the World Group match.