- Switzerland continue their good run at the final Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow and are group winners in the semi-finals.
- In the decisive duel with Canada, Belinda Bencicová and Viktorija Golubic make everything clear in the singles. Because Canada wins the final doubles match, it ends 2-1.
- In the semi-finals, Heinz Günthardt’s team will face either the USA or the Czech Republic.
Switzerland is still running like clockwork in the final Billie Jean King Cup tournament. After a 3-0 victory over Italy, where Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann took care of the points, Viktorija Golubic and Bencic again brought the decisive factor in the duel with Canada.
Golubicová (WTA 77) defeated Bianca Andreescu (WTA 45) 2:6, 6:3, 6:4 after the increase. Then Bencic (WTA 12) replaced Leylah Fernandez (WTA 40) 6:0, 7:5.
This meant that Switzerland were group winners and semi-finalists before the final four. Gabriela Dabrowski/Fernandez’s 6-2, 6-1 doubles win over Jil Teichmann/Simona Walthert kept Canada on point.
Switzerland will face a strong team in the round of 16 one way or another: the opponents will be either the USA or the Czech Republic.
Bencic keeps pace with Fernandez at bay
With a 1-0 lead thanks to Golubic in his back, Bencic played brilliantly in No. 2 singles. She managed an almost flawless performance in the first set. The Eastern Swiss did not drop a single match against the 2021 US Open finalist, winning the match in just 25 minutes to nil.
But it did not continue in the same style. The left-hander from Canada rallied in the second set and was now absolutely level. A number of rallies have developed that are worth seeing. At 4:4, Bencicová managed a break, which she was unable to confirm. But with another breakthrough serve, the individual Olympic champion made it 6-5 a few minutes later. And this time she kept her nerve on her own serve and served the match home.
In her first appearance at this year’s Billie Jean King Cup, Golubic lost the opening set against Andreescu, the 2019 US Open winner, 6-2. But the Zurich woman once again showed her fighting qualities. She won the second set 6:3 and advanced to 5:1 in the decisive round thanks to her strong play.
But again it was close. At 4:5, 30:30 from Andreescu’s point of view, the Canadian made two simple mistakes, so Golubic could still raise his hands in celebration.