Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Leylah Fernandez received a close to three-hour epic to encourage Canada to victory over hosts Spain on the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Seville on Wednesday.

Former US Open finalist Fernandez overcame Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (9-7) to seal the purpose which gave Canada victory in opposition to hosts Spain within the opening Group C showdown.

Her victory fired Canada into an unassailable lead following the sooner heroics of teenager Marina Stakusic, who loved a debut to recollect as she upset world No 65 Rebeka Masarova 6-3 6-1.

Canada are in pole place in Group C and may seal a spot within the semi-finals with victory over Poland on Thursday.

Martina Trevisan and Jasmine Paolini gave Italy a 2-1 victory over France of their opening Group D conflict.

Trevisan recovered from a gradual begin to beat the skilled Alize Cornet 2-6 6-2 6-2 within the opening rubber.

The 27-year-old Paolini then battled again from 4-2 down within the deciding set to beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and 39 minutes.

Garcia returned to the doubles courtroom with Kristina Mladenovic to beat Trevisan and Elisabetta Cocciaretto 5-7 6-2 10-6 to salvage some extent for France.

“Tomorrow will probably be one other day and will probably be very robust day, for positive,” Italy captain Tathiana Garbin mentioned. “I believe proper now the whole lot continues to be open.”

Italy have now overwhelmed France 5 occasions of their final seven conferences within the flagship girls’s staff competitors.

Thursday’s motion may even see reigning champions Switzerland try to remain alive in Group A as they tackle the USA. Australia may even be on the lookout for their first win as they tackle Kazakhstan.

What’s the Billie Jean King Cup?

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Pioneer and icon Billie Jean King at La Cartuja stadium in Seville

It’s possible you’ll keep in mind it by its earlier title of the Federation Cup, or its abbreviated kind – Fed Cup.

In 2020 the competitors was renamed to honour 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King – who received it seven occasions as a participant and 4 occasions as a captain.

The Finals see 12 qualifying nations break up into 4 teams of three, with solely the winners of every progressing to the semi-finals. All ties will include three matches – two singles, adopted by doubles.

The BJK Cup Finals are being performed at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. It would run by means of Sunday providing a report complete of $9.6m in prize cash, together with $2.4m to the champions.

What are the Teams & Groups?

Group A

Switzerland
Czech Republic
USA

Belinda Bencic
Marketa Vondrousova
Madison Keys

Viktorija Golubic
Karolina Muchova
Sofia Kenin

Celine Naef
Barbora Krejcikova
Danielle Collins

Jil Teichmann
Linda Noskova
Sloane Stephens

Katerina Siniakova
Taylor Townsend

Group B

Australia
Kazakhstan
Slovenia

Kimberly Birrell
Elena Rybakina
Tamara Zidansek

Storm Hunter
Yulia Putintseva
Kaja Juvan

Daria Saville
Zhibek Kulambayeva
Veronika Erjavec

Ajla Tomljanovic
Aruzhan Sagandikova
Nina Potocnik

Ellen Perez
Anna Danilina
Ela Nala Milic

Group C

Spain
Canada
Poland

Paula Badosa
Leylah Fernandez
Magda Linette

Sara Sorribes Tormo
Rebecca Marino
Magdalena Frech

Rebeka Masarova
Eugenie Bouchard
Katarzyna Kawa

Cristina Bucsa
Marina Stakusic
Weronika Falkowska

Marina Bassols Ribera
Gabriela Babrowski

Group D

France
Italy
Germany

Caroline Garcia
Jasmine Paolini
Tatjana Maria

Varvara Gracheva
Elisabetta Cocciaretto
Anna-Lena Friedsam

Clara Burel
Martina Trevisan
Laura Siegmund

Alize Cornet
Lucia Bronzetti
Eva Lys

Kristina Mladenovic
Lucrezia Stefanini
Jule Niemeier

Draper upsets Musetti however Harris bows out

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British star Jack Draper upset prime seed Lorenzo Musetti

Jack Draper progressed to the quarter-finals of the Sofia Open after beating Lorenzo Musetti in straight units.

The Briton continued his spectacular kind by beating the world No 27 and event’s prime seed 7-5 6-2 of their spherical 16 assembly on Wednesday.

Musetti led the opening set earlier than Draper broke within the eighth recreation to degree the scores at 4-4 and he snatched the primary set with one other break within the twelfth recreation.

The world No 82 then received the primary three video games of the second set comfortably, and though Musetti fought again to take the subsequent two video games, Draper was in a position to fend him off with a break within the eighth recreation to safe his spot within the subsequent spherical.

He’ll face Cem Ilkel within the ultimate eight after the world No 259 beat sixth seed Max Purcell 6-3 4-6 6-4.

British qualifier Billy Harris was knocked out of the event earlier within the day after being overwhelmed 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

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