The United States ran the hazard of knocking out the Women’s Tennis Cup qualifiers for the women’s teams on Saturday night earlier than beating Latvia three-2, while veteran big name Serena Williams suffered her first loss in a singles suit in her complete tournament career.
The United States seemed poised to win and advance to the final after advancing 2-zero on Friday after Serena and compatriot Sophia Kennin gained their first singles matches in Everett, Washington.
But Latvia’s Elena Ostapenko revived her u . S .’s hopes of defeating Kennin, currently crowned Australian Open champion, 6-three, 2-6, 6-2 ultimate night.
Latvia’s possibilities of a comeback have been boosted with the aid of the victory of world-magnificence participant Anastasia Sevastova over Serena in an exciting three-group in shape (7-6), (three-6), (7-6), with both teams tied (2-2).
The choice is postponed to the doubles healthy between Ostapenko and Sevastova and Alison Risk and Bethany Matic Sands.
Serena entered the suit after 14 wins in all her previous tournaments.
The American husband, who was no longer exhausted like his Latvian counterpart, controlled to win (6-four) and (6-0), saving Serena and Kennin, and gave his country the qualifying card for the final to be held inside the Hungarian capital Budapest next April.
The very last of the match, wherein 12 groups will participate for the primary time, also qualified Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Russia and Belarus, in addition to France, Australia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, the hospitality.
And earlier than the American-Latvian confrontation, young Canadian Laila Annie Fernandez made a large marvel by way of defeating world number one Belinda Panchic of Switzerland, but her efforts have been in vain after the Swiss certified for the very last.
Canada, which competed with out U.S. Open champion Bianca Andrescu and Eugenie Bouchar, changed into behind (2-zero) on Friday but Fernandez, 17, ranked 185th inside the world, beat Penicic 6-2, 7-6.
But the fairy story wasn’t whole as Yale Tichman defeated Canada’s Gabi Dabrovsky, who makes a speciality of doubles fits, 6-3, 6-4 to say the victory for her country (three-1).
Spain reached the very last after Carla Suárez Navarro decided her united states of america’s victory over Japan.
Spain took the lead (2-zero) towards Japan on Friday and 31-year-old Suarez Navarro wasted no time in getting her country’s victory over Kurumi Nara (6-1) and (6-three).
Nara, ranked 137th inside the world, competed inside the final moments after her compatriot Naomi Osaka, ranked first in Japan, became sent off after her shameful loss to Sarah Soribes Turmo on Friday.
The four-time Russian champion defeated Romania in Cluj while Anna Blinkova and Anna Kalinskaya received the doubles play-off suit towards Jacqueline Adina Christian and Elena Gabriela Ross.
Belgium drew 1-1 with Kazakhstan on Friday however Elise Mertens beat Yulia Potentzeva 6-1 7-6 after which Kirsten Flippkins beat Zarina Dias with two straight sets to settle the tie in their favour.
Germany proved their strength towards Brazil while Laura Sigmund scored her 2d singles win to present her united states of america irreplaceable progress (3-zero).
Slovakia ended Great Britain’s hopes in Bratislava after giving Heather Watson hope with the aid of triumphing the third singles in shape, but Anna Karolina Schmidlova beat Harriet Dart to reach the final.
Belarus (three-2) defeated the Netherlands after Alyaksandra Sasnovich and Arena Sabalinka defeated Kiki Bertens and Demi Shores 4-6 6-3 7-6 within the doubles play-off.
The Federation Cup follows the method of the Davis Cup for men’s teams via preserving finals in which several groups compete in a single city, where 12 groups will compete in its finals in Budapest in April.
The groups can be divided into four groups, with the first to advance to the semi-finals.
Financial revenue from the televised broadcast of the event organized by means of the International Tennis Federation has multiplied and, as a result, the organizers have allocated a prize of $18 million. The players will receive $12 million, whilst $6 million will go to the countrywide federations.