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The US team wins their 18th Fed Cup title ending a 17-year drought

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The US team won the decisive double match to lift the 18th Fed Cup trophy in history ending a 17-year drought. Coco Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in 1 hour and 51 minutes to give the US team the crucial 3-2 point at the Chzhovska Arena in Minsk.

Vandeweghe scored her eighth match win in the Fed Cup this season including six singles and two doubles and remains undefeated. She became the ninth player to achieve a perfect year in Fed Cup singles matches and the first since Petra Kvitova in 2011.

“It was a lot of work and dedication to the Fed Cup in each and every round. To dedicate my time and energy through my season to be able to perform the best I could for the US team”, said Vandeweghe.

Vandeweghe and Rogers won three games in a row from 3-3 and converted the second set point at 5-3. The Belarusian team was leading 5-2 but failed to convert two set points at 5-4. They served to force the match to the third set at 6-5 but the USA sealed the tie-break by 7-3, when Sasnovich netted a forehand. The US team clinched their first Fed Cup title since 2000 after three consecutive defeats in their previous three finals against France in 2003 and Italy in 2009 and 2010.

This year’s US Open semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe beat 19-year-old rising star Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to give the US team a crucial 2-1 lead over home team Belarus.

Both players held on to their serve in the first ten games of the first set. Vandeweghe got her first break in the 11th game with a great point in response and an error from Sabalenka to take a 6-5 lead. Sabalenka broke straight back at 15. Vandeweghe played a solid tie-break on serve and clinched it by 7-5. Vandeweghe got an early break to take a 2-0 lead at the start of the second set. The US player held serve at love and got her second break to race out to a 4-0 lead. Sabalenka got her first game on the scoreboard in the sixth game but Vandeweghe never looked back and closed out the match by 6-1 in 32 minutes.

Sabalenka had become the horoine in the first day when she beat Sloane Stephens in three sets 6-4. by 6-3 4-6

Aliaksandra Sasnovich came back from one set down to upset this year’s US Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6 6-1 8-6 in two hours and and 23 minutes to tie the match at 2-2 forcing the final to the decisive doubles match.

Stephens got the break at love in the third game of the opening set and saved a break point to take a 3-1 lead. She fended off four break points at 4-3 to hold her serve with a stop-volley on the last point. Sasnovich broke serve twice to open up a 5-0 lead and served out to love to cruise to 6-1 in the second set.

In the third set Stephens broke serve at love to take a 5-2 lead but could not hold on to her serve allowing Sasnovich to reel off four consecutive games for 6-5 thanks to a break in the 10th game. Sasnovich dropped three consecutive points from 15-15 allowing Stephens to draw level to 6-6. Sasnovich got another break before serving out for the match to draw the tie to 2-2.

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Injury Heartbreak Motivates Australia In Billie Jean King Cup Tie With Mexico

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SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 09: Storm Hunter of Team Australia reacts during the Billie Jean King Cup Finals group stage match between Australia and Kazakhstan at Estadio de La Cartuja on November 09, 2023 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images for ITF)

The captain of the Australian Billie Jean King Cup team says they are supporting one of their top players after she suffered a serious injury on the eve of their latest tie. 

Storm Hunter, who is currently ranked No.3 in the world for doubles, has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon whilst training at a practice session on Thursday with her teammates. The severity of the injury means she will almost certainly be forced to pull out of this summer’s Olympic Games where she would have been a medal contender, as well as both the French Open and Wimbledon. Hunter has already won a WTA 1000 title this season in Dubai and was also runner-up in Indian Wells. In both of those tournaments, she was partnering Kateřina Siniaková. 

“Unfortunately yesterday in our last practice before the tie, I went down and scans last night confirmed that I have ruptured my Achilles tendon,” said Hunter.
“I am devastated and heartbroken, but incredibly grateful to be around the team and I know I have a great group of people around me that will help me get back on the court as soon as possible.
“Thank you everyone so much everyone for your messages of support and love. I’m excited to stay for the tie and support our Aussie girls.”

According to the Australian press, team captain Sam Stosur said Hunter’s teammates are ‘rallying behind‘ her and “wishing her the very, very best and the quickest recovery possible.”

As a result of the injury, Daria Saville was brought in to play in her country’s singles match on the opening day of their tie against Mexico on Friday. The world No.94 was in top form as she charged to a comprehensive 6-1, 6-0, win over Marcela Zacarias in less than an hour. 

“Yesterday was a pretty tough day for all of us, pretty emotional,” said Saville who has undergone surgery on her Achilles in the past. 
“It’s so nice to have Stormy here supporting us. Not long ago that kind of happened to me … so we’re giving Stormy a lot of love. 
“I felt like I was pretty determined and clearly that showed.”

Despite the blow, Australia is on the verge of beating Mexico. In the other singles match on the opening day, Arina Rodionova came back from a set down to beat Giuliana Olmos 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. With a 2-0 lead, they only need one more win to clinch the tie. 

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Italian Captain Tathiana Garbin Reveals Rare Tumor Diagnoses After Team’s Loss At BJK Finals

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Former top 30 player and captain of the Italian Billie Jean King Cup team Tathiana Garbin has publically announced that she is battling a serious health issue. 

Just hours after her team lost to Canada in the Billie Jean King Cup final in Seville on Sunday, the 46-year-old issued a statement confirming that she is undergoing treatment for a rare tumor that has been found in her stomach. Garbin had her first surgery in October but will have to undergo further procedures in the coming weeks. 

“I really wish to thank my Federation, which has constantly supported me with extraordinary solidarity and sensitivity,” Gabin said in a statement sent to the news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA). 
“Seville was a very important event for me, and I absolutely didn’t want to miss it despite being very close to my operation: the Federation has shown they placed full trust in me. There is nothing that makes me prouder than representing the colors of Italy. “

Gabin says she hopes to raise awareness of medical research and prevention by going public about her condition, as well as hoping to inspire others with her story. She is being treated by Professor Di Candio and Professor Morelli at the Cisanello Hospital in Pisa. 

“I thank my BJ King Cup girls, who have shown me incredible love and support. Their presence and support have been a beacon of positivity in these difficult days,” she said in tribute to her team.
“However, I would like to inform you that I will have to undergo a second surgery, required by the treatment planned by the doctors. Thanks to the rapid recovery I have experienced, I am optimistic about being back on court.”

As a player, Garbin peaked at a ranking high of No.22 in singles and No.25 in doubles. Her sole singles title on the WTA Tour occurred in 2000 when she won the Budapest Open in Hungary. Seven years after that, she reached the fourth round of the French Open in what was her best-ever run at a major event. 

Garbin has served as Italy’s Billie Jean King Cup captain since 2016. 

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Doubles Delight: Great Britain Ousts France 2-1 In Davis Cup Classic

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Great Britain has won the last spot in the Davis Cup finals by prevailing in a highly dramatic clash against France in front of a record crowd in Manchester.

With the must-win showdown level at 1-1, the tie was decided by a rollercoaster doubles match with Dan Evans and Neil Skupski battling their way past Nicolas Mahut and Édouard Roger-Vasselin 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(6). In what was one of the most tense matches ever involving the British team, four match points were saved by the hosts. Evans fended off three whilst serving 4-5 down in the decider before Skupski saved one when he was serving two games later. To add to the drama, in the decisive tiebreaker Britain lost a mini-break advantage twice before prevailing on their second match point. 

“I don’t know how we’ve won that fight, sheer fight. Incredible effort from Dan to come out and win this match with me,” said Skupski.
“The first set wasn’t too good. We regrouped, took a toilet [break] and fought as hard as we could. Dan saving three points in the third set. The rest is history and we’re off to Malaga.” 

The triumph caps off what has been a marathon day at The AO Arena with all three matches going the full distance. A total of more than 13,000 seats was sold for the tie which is a record for a single day of Davis Cup action in the UK. 

Earlier in the day, Evans got Britain off to a perfect start by fighting back from a set and a break down to beat Arthur Fils 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in what was a close fight. At the end of the encounter, there was a tense exchange between the two which continued during the doubles match with Evans seen making gestures towards the Frenchman who was watching from the stands. 

France’s sole victor was Ugo Humbert who beat former Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie 7-6(5),3-6, 7-5. A new confidence blow to the British No.1 who has only won back-to-back matches in one out of his past five tournaments. 

“The team is amazing. We get on very well. Everyone’s played a part. It’s all those guys and girls standing there (in the stands) who are amazing.” Captain Leon Smith commented. 

Britain joins Australia in qualifying from Group B to November’s finals which will be held in Malaga. The team has won all three of their ties played in Manchester with their previous wins being over Australia and Switzerland earlier in the week. 

In total, eight teams have secured their place in the finals. Group stages have also been held in Spain, Croatia and Italy with the top two nations from each of those events progressing. 

Britain is seeking to win the Davis Cup title for only the second time in the Open Era after 2015. 

List of teams through to the knockout stages in Malaga

  • Great Britain
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Serbia
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands

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