Australia's horror start to Fed Cup

AUSTRALIA had it all to do overnight after a horror start to the Fed Cup quarter-final tie with reigning champion Czech Republic on Saturday night.

Just hours after Jarmila Gajdosova had lost in three sets to Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-2) 6-3, Samantha Stosur threw away the chance of beating Lucie Safarova to level the contest at one rubber all.

Stosur had hoped the Fed Cup tie would prove a turning point for her so-far deflated 2013 season but errors, including a set-point double fault at 5-3 in the first, proved costly for the Aussie.

"It was kind of good and evil out there at times," Stosur said.But she denied nerves played a part in her performance.

"I thought I moved quite well," Stosur added.

"My slice backhand not only kept me in points but won me a lot of points.

"I was happy with most of my game to be honest."

Stosur was due to face world No.8 Kvitova and if she loses that Gajdosova would not need to play her reverse singles.

The final match scheduled is doubles featuring Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua against Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova.

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