Billie Jean King Cup – successful start: Switzerland defeats Italy

  • Switzerland won their Billie Jean King Cup opener against Italy 3-0.
  • Jil Teichmann (WTA 35) wins her singles match against Elisabetta Cocciaretto (WTA 65) after more than three hours in three sets.
  • Belinda Bencic (WTA 12) defeats Jasmine Paolini (WTA 59) 7-5, 6-3 to secure the second and deciding point for Switzerland.
  • In the final but unremarkable doubles, Bencic/Teichmann also get the 3rd point for the team of captain Heinz Günthardt.

The tennis team of Switzerland presented itself at the Billie Jean King Cup final tournament in Glasgow. Thanks to the victories of Belinda Bencicová and Jil Teichmannová, last year’s finalists already led 2:0 before the final doubles. Bencic/Teichmann eventually won 7:6 (7:5), 6:1 over the Italian duo Paolini/Martina Trevisan.

The Swiss team leader and world number 12 had previously registered a second and deciding point against Jasmine Paolini (WTA 59) with a 7-5, 6-3 win. The first set was a battle. Serving for the set at 6-5, Bencic was down 0-40 but turned away all three break chances.

In the second round, the 25-year-old native of Eastern Switzerland squandered a quick 2-0 lead, but after another break at 4-3, she didn’t let anything burn her.

Teichmann’s three-hour fight

Teichmann took the first step towards the opening win. The Swiss world number 35 player won the singles match against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who was 30 positions worse after defending the match point 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (7:5).

It was a real rollercoaster ride that the twenty-five-year-old left-hander experienced with an Italian four years younger. Teichmann seemed to lead decisively 6-3 and 4-2 before losing six games in a row. A real battle of attrition unfolded in the deciding set. The first three games in the third round alone lasted over half an hour and contained no less than 46 (!) points.

Meanwhile, the Swiss have lost four serves in a row. At 3:5, she saved a match point and managed to turn the match around. It was therefore logical that after more than three hours a tie-break had to be decided. He uses his third match point in this one.

Against Canada on Friday

In the second match of the group, Switzerland will face Canada on Friday. Only group winners qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals.

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