OSTRAVA - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova sent holders the Czech Republic into their fourth Fed Cup final in five years after breezing past France's Caroline Garcia in straight sets here on Sunday. On the hardcourt of the CEZ Arena in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, the left-handed world number four beat 29th-ranked Garcia 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 32 minutes to give the hosts an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

The Czechs, who won the Fed Cup title in 2011, 2012 and 2014, will take on Russia in the final. In Sunday's clash of the teams' number one players, the 25-year-old Kvitova showed she was back in shape after a month-long break from the sport as she won the 25th of her 31 Fed Cup singles rubbers. The first set offered aggressive tennis with Kvitova earning two breaks against one for Garcia who tossed her racket and slammed the ball into the ground in frustration.

In the second set, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion showed her dominance over the 21-year-old French youngster, taking a 5-1 lead which Garcia only managed to narrow. "It was definitely hard," Kvitova said after the game. "I knew what to expect, I played against her last year so I knew how to play and it worked. She likes to play fast, long balls into the body so the rival wouldn't have time. I tried to play the same, go for it from the first ball after the serve so she would have to run and wouldn't have time to dictate the pace," she added, praising Garcia's "very solid performance."

Garcia said the game was "a high-level one". "It was close today, she handled her chances a bit better than I did. I tried to do my best," she said. In the dead doubles rubber on Sunday, France's Kristina Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier beat Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 0-6, 6-3, 10/8 to round off the final score at 3-1.

Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova put Russia into final: Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic in the deciding rubber of the Fed Cup World Group semi-final against Germany on Sunday to put Russia into the final.

Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova won 6-2, 6-3 in one hour 24 minutes to earn a pass into the deciding match with Czech Republic, who beat France in the other semi-final. The Russian duo looked confident from the start producing three breaks in the opening set for a 1-0 lead after 38 minutes, while Lisicki and Petkovic broke back on one occasion. The second set was almost a carbon copy of the first as the Russians broke their opponents serve on three more occasions sealing their victory with an ace by Pavlyuchenkova.

Earlier Sunday Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-0 to level the match at 2-2. "I was obliged to win. Therefore I was nervous at first. But then I started winning my points," Kerber said. "The title which I won last week allowed me to feel confidence. That victory came at the right time."

In Sunday's opening match Petkovic reduced the arrears with a straight-set victory 6-2, 6-1 over Svetlana Kuznetsova. "Yesterday's rest really played a big role for me," Petkovic said. "I don't know how I would play yesterday, but I know that two days of play for me is not possible. The score tells nothing about this match. Some games in the first set were very close. Both of us showed very good clay court tennis during the first set."