- In the final chapter of the Billie Jean King Cup, Switzerland will have to bury their title dreams after the singles.
- Instead, the Russians will crown the team world champions for the fifth time in Prague.
- A 2:6, 4:6 for Jill Tishman (WTA 39) against Daria Kasatkina (WTA 28) in the opening match of the Finals heralds defeat.
- Belinda Bencic (WTA 17) can’t turn things around anymore against Ludmila Samsonowa (WTA 40) at 6:3, 3:6, 4:6.
It was a sudden meltdown – without any advertising. In the second set of her second singles match, Ludmila Samsonowa managed to break a 4-2 lead against Belinda Bencic. Up until this point, Swiss women from eastern Switzerland had been dominating the game. I got rid of a false start and took the lead thanks to the average sprint after 3:3.
But after about half an hour, the tide turned to the unfairness of the Swiss captain. With great force, the world-ranked 40th Russian won another 4 out of 5 matches after leading 4:2, thus leading towards victory with his colours.
Although it was a difficult and nerve-wracking way to the finish line and Bencic was still able to make his way to two break balls, Samsonova defeated the Olympic champion 3:6, 6:3, 6:4 after a total of 142 minutes. In doing so, she secured the crucial second point for her National League to win the title in the Billie Jean King Cup, the FA Cup follow-up competition.
Pavlyuchenkova took himself out of the race
Samsonova was only prepared for the second match in a short time, After the nominal number 1, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (WTA 12) was canceled due to a knee injury. This was only the second individual ever for her nation. The Russian broad-based women won their fifth World Team Championships trophy in Prague, their first after 2008.
The latest achievement was presented by Daria Kasatkina. The 24-year-old bought the latest model from Jill Tishman in two sentences. Although the Zeeland women were able to improve after a difficult start, she had to leave the court as a first-time loser in her eighth team tennis appearance (4 singles/4 doubles).
Tishman at first without a chance
Tishman, who started the semi-finals 6-0 the day before in the match against Australia, met the same fate as Storm Sanders this time. After 3 service losses, I only got a scoreboard with 1:5.
A little later, the first sentence disappeared. In the second round, the 24-year-old left-hander had to tear after 3:3. This was the unsuccessful first term in the second final of Swiss tennis, and Bencic was no longer able to make corrections.
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