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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Poland advances to the Billie Jean King Cup finals thanks to Iga Swiatek

Poland advances to the Billie Jean King Cup finals thanks to Iga Swiatek's performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Iga Swiatek, Poland’s red-hot world number one, did not drop a game in her Saturday singles match against Romania’s Andreea Prisacariu.
  • Camila Giorgi secured the crucial point in Italy’s victory over France in Sardinia with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of Harmony Tan.

In her Saturday singles encounter against Romania’s Andreea Prisacariu, Poland’s red-hot world number 1 Iga Swiatek did not drop a game, ensuring Poland’s place in the Billie Jean King Cup finals in November.

Swiatek, who put Poland up 2-0 on Friday by smashing Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-0 for her 18th straight victory, kept up her hot form in Radom, breaking Prisacariu six times.

The Czech Republic, Spain, Kazakhstan, Italy, Belgium, the United States, and Canada will join Poland in the finals.

“I’m quite pleased with myself. That was something I was putting a lot of effort into. Even though I didn’t play last year, it’s been a long road for us to get to the finals, and it took us a few years to get there, “Swiatek remarked after winning 6-0, 6-0.

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“It simply goes to demonstrate how strong of a unit we are. Hopefully, in the finals, we’ll be able to display even more improvement and triumph.”

Marketa Vondrousova and Karolina Muchova won the doubles decider for 11-time champions the Czech Republic, beating Harriet Dart and Katie Swan 6-1 7-5 in Prague to clinch a 3-2 triumph against Britain and a berth in the finals.

In singles action, Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up, defeated Britain’s Emma Raducanu 6-1 6-1 despite the teenager’s right foot blisters before Dart leveled the tie at 2-2 with a 6-0 5-7 6-2 victory against Czech Republic’s Linda Fruhvirtova.

Kazakhstan advanced at the expense of Germany, with Elena Rybakina overcoming three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-3 7-5 at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

With a 6-2 6-0 hammering of Harmony Tan, Camila Giorgi grabbed the key point in Italy’s triumph against France in Sardinia.

Poland advances to the Billie Jean King Cup finals thanks to Iga Swiatek's performance.
Poland advances to the Billie Jean King Cup finals thanks to Iga Swiatek’s performance. Image from China Daily

Despite the absence of Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza this weekend, Spain will attempt the sixth victory as Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-0 6-4 to clinch their place in the finals.

SHORT UKRAINE FALL

With a 3-2 home win over Ukraine in Asheville, North Carolina, the United States advanced to the finals, but only after the visitors from the war-torn country gave them a scare. Read the entire story here.

Dayana Yastremska and Katarina Zavatska, both underdogs, won their singles matches on Saturday. At the same time, Jessica Pegula & Asia Muhammad of the United States claimed the doubles decider 7-6(5) 6-3 over Yastremska and Lyudmyla Kichenok.

Canada confirmed their berth in the finals by defeating Latvia in Vancouver.

Leylah Fernandez, the runner-up at the US Open, defeated Daniela Vismane 6-2 6-1 on Saturday to give the hosts a commanding lead.

Belgium had an easier path to the finals, as opponents Belarus were suspended from international team competitions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Belarus is a crucial staging location for Russia’s invasion, which it refers to as a “special operation.”

Source: CTV News

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