Russia won the first edition of the Billie Jean King Cup by defeating Switzerland in the final with two wins to zero on Saturday in Prague, without having to play a decisive double.
In the first single from this final, Russian Daria Kasatkina, 28th in the world, easily eliminated Swiss Gilles Tishman (39th place), in sets 6-2 6-4 and less than an hour and twenty minutes.
“It feels unbelievable. Kasatkina said I am happy to bring this very important point to my team. Mentality was the key to this game. I stayed very solid from start to finish and am happy with my level of play.”
The second song was much closer between Lyudmila Samsonova (40 in the world) and Belinda Bencic (17), who took the first set 6-3. I only lost one round this week, in three matches, prior to this final.
Then the Russian responded with the same score in the second, then broke the entry to advance 2-0 and finish with a score of 6-4 in the third, from the first game point, after 2:22 of the match.
“I have a lot of feelings there now, I have the impression that I am paralyzed and that is really unbelievable,” Samsonova replied after her victory.
“It was an incredible fight, more than just tennis,” added the player who replaced injured Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the last minute.
“It is a historic victory for us,” summed up the captain of the Russian national team, Igor Andreev. I am very proud and very happy for the girls, for the way they played. They are great, they are champions, they are successful because they are a real team and because they are real friends.”
The Billie Jean King Cup succeeds the Fed Cup, the previous competition between nations, whose last edition took place in 2019, and was won by France.
In the semi-finals on Friday, Russia defeated the United States 2-1 and Switzerland over Australia 2-0.
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