Fed Cup: Czech Republic set up final against USA
The Czech Republic will face defending champions USA in the Fed Cup final.
Petra Kvitova beat Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-2 in Stuttgart as the Czechs defeated Germany 4-1.
Madison Keys beat Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to give the USA an unassailable 3-1 lead against France in Aix-en-Provence. France won the dead-rubber as the tie finished 3-2.
The Czech Republic will host the 10-11 November final having won five of the past seven Fed Cup titles.
Leading 2-0 from the opening day of singles, the Czech Republic saw their progress checked as Julia Goerges gave hosts Germany a brief life-line with a 6-4 6-2 win over Karolina Pliskova.
But after two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova needed just 58 minutes to beat Kerber, the Czech Republic sealed their 4-1 win as Germany were forced to retire from the doubles rubber.
"I am very relieved. I was getting nervous before this game," said Kvitova. "We had a great position from yesterday, I think Julia played a really good match.
"I knew we still needed one point from our last two games and I just did my best."
The USA were level at 1-1 with France after the opening singles rubbers, but sealed victory as Keys followed up Sloane Stephens' earlier 6-2 6-0 win over Kristina Mladenovic.