Fed Cup WG 1: Czech Republic vs Switzerland
?? Barbora Strycova vs ?? Belinda Bencic
Barbora Strycova and Belinda Bencic will do battle in one of the most fascinating matches on Saturday. Strycova and Bencic have both started the year in decent form and both have good record when representing their country. Petra Kvitova is likely to have given the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead with a win over Viktorija Golubic heading into this match, meaning there will be big pressure on Bencic to keep the tie alive for Switzerland.
Belinda Bencic made an extremely promising start to the season at the Hopman Cup where she won the title alongside Roger Federer. At the Australian Open, Bencic defeated Venus Williams in the opening round but was shocked by Lesia Kumkhum in the second round in straight sets. Bencic has a great record when representing her country, an 11/4 overall win/loss record, the 20-year-old clearly enjoys the Fed Cup atmosphere.
Barbora Strycova will step in for an ill Karolina Pliskova to play the second singles rubber. Strycova is in good form having reached back-to-back quarter-finals to start the year in Auckland and Sydney before reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open where she narrowly lost to Karolina Pliskova. Strycova has an impressive overall 19/10 win/loss record in Fed Cup matches.
It was Strycova who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 5-7 6-3 victory in New Haven in 2014.