Pavlyuchenkova sparkles

Pavlyuchenkova sparkles

The 15th-ranked Pavlyuc­henkova, who replaced Maria Kirilenko after the latter's straight-set loss to Petra Kvitova on Saturday, was just too strong for the Czech number two and set up a doubles decider for the title later on Sunday.

Earlier, Wimbledon champion Kvitova beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the first match of the day to put the Czechs within a point of clinching their first Fed Cup title as an independent nation after splitting from Slovakia in 1993.

Their last triumph came when, playing as Czechoslovakia, they beat the former Soviet Union 2-1 in the 1988 final.

In-form Kvitova fought back from 0-3 down in the final set to reel off the next six games for her 12th consecutive victory since last month's China Open. The world number two also went undefeated indoors for the whole year, recording her 21st victory this season.

Ivanovic sizzles
Ana Ivanovic celebrated her 24th birthday by successfully defending her Tournament of Champions title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 victory over Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in Bali on Sunday.  The victory was the Serb's 11th singles title but first since winning the event last year. Her previous best results in 2011 were achieved with semifinal appearances in Birmingham and Carlsbad.

The Spaniard was seeking her third title of the season following victories in Estoril and Palermo, and had enjoyed an easier route to the final after her previous two opponents this week retired from their matches.

Marion Bartoli suffered an ankle injury and quit after holding two match points and Sabine Lisicki failed to complete the third set of their semifinal due to a back problem.