Tennis-Swiatek sends Poland into BJK Cup finals, Italy and Sweden advance

Poland’s world number one Iga Swiatek handed Romania’s Andreea Prisacariu a double bagel en route to victory on their Billie Jean King Cup qualifier on Saturday, securing a 3-0 win in a tie and a spot in November’s finals.

Swiatek, who put her country up 2-0 on Friday’s Opening Day by thrashing Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-0 for an 18th straight win, continued to tie the stamp on her 20-year-old broke Prisacariu six times Radom, Poland. “I’m really proud of it. Even though I didn’t play it last year, I feel like it’s been a long journey and it took us a few years to progress and qualify. “Swiatek said after her 6-0 6-0 victory.

“It just shows what a strong team we are. Hopefully in the finals we’re going to have even more progress and we’re going to succeed.” Joining Poland in the finals are Kazakhstan, who beat visitors Germany 3-0 with Elena Rybakina coming down to set a three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 4-6 6-3 7-5 in Nur-Sultan.

16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova over a 6-0 5-7 6-2 win over Harriet Dart Keeping Britain’s hopes alive in the tie-up by the Czech Republic 2-2, claiming her first singles victory. Fruhvirtova saved two match points before the second set of the 25-year-old Dart looked to be cruising, but she dug deep to take a doubles decider.

Earlier, Britain’s US Open champion Emma Raducanu lost 6-1 6-1 against the 2019 French Open runner-up in the Marketa Vondrousova with her right foot on the blisters with Prague. “I think I gave my team a little bit of a heart attack,” Dart said. “It’s natural I was a bit nervous to try and close it out.

“Linda is a great player … She fought really hard and I’m just really pleased to get through.” Four-time winners Italy also advanced after Camila Giorgi, who had given her country a 2-0 lead on Friday, secured the decisive point in their victory over France in Sardinia with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of Harmony Tan.

Spain will bid for sixth title, Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza this weekend Canada, led by US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez, and the US are also up for a 2-0 lead in advance of the prime position in Latvia and Ukraine respectively on Saturday.

Belgium is already the winner of Russia’s invasion following international team competitions from Belarus suspended with a walkover. Belarus is a key staging area for the invasion, which Russia calls a “special operation.”

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