Czech Republic suffer Karolina Pliskova blow ahead of Fed Cup final

Karolina-Pliskova unhappy

The Czech Republic will have to do without Karolina Pliskova in the Fed Cup final against the United States.

The world No 8 picked up a calf injury during last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore, where she reached the semi-final, and hasn’t recovered fully ahead of the showpiece event next weekend.

Team spokesperson Karel Tejkal told reporters she was with “diagnosed a torn calf and renewed chronic problems with the wrist”.

Pliskova tweeted that she was “terribly sorry” to miss the final, adding: “Already in Singapore I had days when even walking hurt and I felt terrible, but I didn’t think it was important

“Our team is so strong that the girls will replace me.”

World doubles No 1 Barbora Krejcikova will replace the 26-year-old in the Czech squad, which will be led by world No 7 Petra Kvitova while Barbora Strycova and 31st-ranked Katerina Siniakova are also part of the team.

The Fed Cup final will take place at Prague’s O2 Arena from November 10-11.