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Petra Kvitova to miss Fed Cup opener

Updated: February 2, 2014, 9:21 AM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE -- The Czech Republic will miss its highest-ranked player Petra Kvitova in next month's first round of the Fed Cup against Spain due to an illness.

No. 6-ranked Kvitova says in a statement on the team's Facebook page on Sunday that a virus forced her to pull out of the Feb. 8-9 series on an outdoor clay court in Seville.

Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova was called up as a replacement.

Lucie Safarova, Klara Zakopalova and Andrea Hlavackova have also been selected for the Czech ...

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