Lucie Safarova was the hero as Czech Republic won their second consecutive Federation Cup title defeating Serbia 3-1.
The Czechs, who had beaten Germany and Italy to reach the decider, proved too good and weren’t required to play the doubles, after Safarova won both of her singles matches and Petra Kvitova, who had battled bronchitis knocked off Jelena Jankovic.
Ana Ivanovic had beaten Kvitova to keep the competition alive, but Safarova prevailed over Jankovic, who had been hampered by a back problem, 6-1, 6-1, to seal a memorable triumph.
“It’s hard to describe how I feel. I played an unbelievable game,” Safarova said.
“I desperately wanted to win and I’m really delighted. It’s fantastic to win at home, in Prague. I played one of the best matches of my career.”
She added: “I don’t feel like a hero. It’s a team competition. We all contributed.
“Petra was sick so she wasn’t at her best today, and I thought OK, it’s going to be my turn this time, and I’m really happy that I did it.”
Meanwhile, a devastated Jankovic apologised for not being at her best.
“I’m really very sorry for my team that I wasn’t able to be at 100 percent today,” Jankovic said.
“I tried my best on the court but it wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t able to move properly. Throughout the match, it was getting worse and worse.”