By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press
PRAGUE (AP) — Russia received each singles matches to defeat Switzerland 2-0 within the closing of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday to declare the trophy for the fifth time.
Liudmila Samsonova rallied to seize the decisive level with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tokyo Olympics singles champion Belinda Bencic.
Daria Kasatkina gave Russia a 1-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 victory towards Jil Teichmann.
The competitors was previously often called the Fed Cup.
In a dominant show, Kasatkina blasted a forehand winner to earn a break level within the seventh game of the second set that she transformed for a 4-3 lead. She was not in a position to maintain her serve within the following game however obtained one other break for 5-4 earlier than serving the match out on her first match level.
The Russian stormed the opening set, breaking Teichmann thrice and dropping her serve as soon as.
“I believe the start was essential, we have been each nervous however I managed little bit higher the nerves,” Kasatkina mentioned.
It was the second victory for the Russian within the match after beating Canada’s Carol Zhao within the group stage to enhance her file within the competitors to 5-1 whereas Teichmann recorded her first loss after three wins.
“An superb feeling,” Kasatkina mentioned. “I received the primary match (within the group stage), now I play within the closing and I’m blissful I’ve introduced this essential level to my crew.”
Russia reached its first closing since 2015 within the competitors they received in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
The Swiss reached their first closing since ending runner-up in 1998, their solely closing look
The 12 groups within the finals have been divided into 4 teams of three groups. Only the group winners superior to Friday’s semifinals.
Russia dominated Group A within the match after victories over defending champion France and Canada earlier than eliminating the United States within the semifinal.
The U.S. is essentially the most profitable nation within the competitors with 18 trophies.
Switzerland superior to the semis from Group D, thought of the hardest within the match, defeating each the Czech Republic and Germany on the way in which.
In the semis, the Swiss swept Australia 2-0, profitable each singles matches.
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