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2011 Czech Fed Cup - Sad news from Charleroi about Lucie Safarova

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Lucie on Tuesday suffered a thigh injury during the team's training. Doctors on site said Lucie won't be ready to play on Saturday. Captain Petr Pala decided that Lucie Safarova will be replaced by another Lucie ... Lucie Hradecká.

Get well soon Lucie! Good Luck Czech team!

Czech Fed Cup team in Charleroi, Belgium on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

(From L to R) Lucie Hradecka, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Iveta Benesova, Petra Kvitova and captain Petr Pala

Hradecka replaces Safarova for Fed Cup

Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka will replace the injured Lucie Safarova for their Fed Cup semi-final against Belgium this weekend.

The Czechs are aiming to reach their first Fed Cup final since the country split with Slovakia in 1993. They have lost at the semi-final stage in the last two years.

Safarova, the second-highest ranked player on the team at world number 31, injured her left thigh in training on Tuesday.

"I decided to call up Lucie Hradecka because the doctors said (Safarova) would not be 100 per cent for Saturday," Czech captain Petr Pala said in a video posted on the team's Facebook page.

The team also includes 18th-ranked Petra Kvitova, who beat then-world number one Kim Clijsters in the Paris Open final in February, Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Belgium's Clijsters will also miss the April 16-17 semi-final due to injury.


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