Kvitova set for nervy Fed Cup final

Playing for the Czech Republic is never easy, but Petra Kvitova is excited about this weekend's Fed Cup final against Russia in Prague.

Kvitova and her Czech team-mates will be cheered on by 10,000 home fans this weekend, though with that support comes the pressure of expectations.

"I was nervous every time I step on court," Kvitova said. "Especially here, when the full crowd is cheering for us. I never be without the nerves playing Fed Cup for Czech Republic. It's going to be difficult.

The Czech Republic are defending champions, and Russia have assembled a strong team in an attempt to take the cup away from them.

Maria Sharapova will be joined by Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.

"It's good Maria is excited and I hope she likes Prague," Kvitova said. "I know she will be prepared.

"I am very excited that they are coming in full power, so that's great, to have amazing final at home. It's going to be full again. It's going to be a lot of nerves again. And exciting."

Czech captain Petr Pala added: "We have them [on] their backs, but it's going to be a really close tie and I don't see any favorite, even on paper."

For her part, Sharapova knows her performances against Kvitova will be key.

"She's a very aggressive player," Sharapova said. "She has a lot of depth and power. She goes for her shots. I think when she commits to her game and she executes, it's a very powerful game."