Canada secures spot in inaugural Billie Jean King Cup final after defeating the Czech Republic in a gripping doubles match.
Leylah Fernandez and Gabriela Dabrowski led the winning performance against Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, emerging victorious with a score of 7-5 7-6 (7-3) to clinch the tie 2-1 in Seville.
Krejcikova dominated her singles match, but Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova fell short against Fernandez. The tie sealed the fate of Canada’s advancement, while Italy secured a 2-0 victory against Slovenia in another semi-final match.
In a surprising turn of events, Czech Republic’s seasoned Grand Slam champions Krejcikova and Siniakova were bested by Fernandez, who won both her singles and doubles matches, leading Canada to victory.
World number 10 Krejcikova won against Canadian teenager Marina Stakusic, but Fernandez triumphed over world number eight Vondrousova, securing her win 6-2 2-6 6-3.
In a deliberated tie-break, the Canadian pair kept their composure and sealed their historical win against the Czech Republic.
‘Dream come true’
Italy, aiming for their fifth title and first since 2013, defeated Slovenia as Martina Trevisan and Jasmine Paolini both triumphed in straight sets.
Conversely, Slovenia’s unexpected advancement in the competition came to an end as Italy proved to be a formidable opponent with their drive and determination.
Moving forward, Great Britain is seeking to qualify for next year’s Billie Jean King Cup playoffs in their match against Sweden.
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