PALERMO, ITALY: Roberta Vinci defeated Lucie Safarova 63 67(2) 63 to seal Italy's place in the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group final with a 3-1 win over Czech Republic.
Singles wins for Sara Errani and Vinci on the opening day of play against Safarova and Petra Kvitova gave Italy the best start possible as they finished day one 2-0 ahead.
Petra Kvitova refused to give in and kept the Czech hopes of retaining the title alive with a 26 62 60 victory over Sara Errani on Sunday but then a combination of rain and bad light meant that the remaining rubbers could not be played on Sunday.
Play resumed on Monday with Vinci taking on Safarova and it was the Italians who advanced to the final, where they will host Russia in November.
Watch highlights of the tie here.