Czechs turn back Denmark in Hopman

Updated: January 6, 2012, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

PERTH, Australia -- The Czech Republic reached the Hopman Cup final against France on Friday, advancing with a 2-0 victory over Denmark after No. 2-ranked Petra Kvitova beat No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets and Tomas Berdych defeated Frederik Nielsen.

The Wimbledon champion held off Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 before Berdych breezed past Nielsen 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the top spot in Group A.

Kvitova and Berdych will play the French team of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet in Saturday's final.

Kvitova can overtake Wozniacki at No. 1 if she wins the Sydney International next week.

Bulgaria beat the United States 2-1 to finish the group stage with two wins.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands gave the Americans the lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tsvetana Pironkova, but Grigor Dimitrov evened it with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Mardy Fish.

Pironkova and Dimitrov combined to win 8-5 in a pro set in the deciding mixed doubles match.

Kvitova was up a set and a break before Wozniacki recovered to win the last four games and force a third set. Kvitova regained her composure in the third and earned an early break to set up her third win in four matches against Wozniacki.

"It was a great match from both of us. I'm very happy I won," Kvitova said. "It was a small test before the Aussie Open."


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