Victory for Teichmann and Bencic – The Swiss won the Billie Jean King Cup for the first time! – Sporty

  • Switzerland defeated Australia in the final to win the Billie Jean King Cup (formerly the Fed Cup) for the first time!
  • Belinda Bencic, Jil Teichmann, Viktorija Golubic and Simona Waltert achieve historic success under coach Heinz Günthardt.
  • In the final in Glasgow, Jil Teichmann (vs. Storm Sanders) and Belinda Bencic (vs. Ajla Tomljanovic) win their individual matches.

Belinda Bencic (WTA 12) let out a loud scream of joy before falling into the arms of the Swiss team at the Glasgow Tennis Hall. A 6-2, 6-1 win over Ajla Tomljanovic (WTA 33) was not only a display of her tennis skills – as it has been all week – but it was also Switzerland’s first Billie Jean King Cup win. After Jil Teichmann (WTA 35) introduced herself and won the first singles, the Eastern Swiss successfully followed. Switzerland did not manage to take the trophy away and the final doubles was not available either.

“The last defeat last year broke my heart. In the locker room, Jil said to me, ‘We’ll make it next year,'” Bencic said in a subsequent interview at the Platz.

The very opening sentence clearly indicated who was in charge that evening in Glasgow. Tomljanovič was still able to react to the first of 3 breaks by Bencic. But since then the Swiss have been better, dictating rallies, making fewer mistakes and making more winners. In the second round, Bencic won all games from 1:1. The historic triumph was certain after 75 minutes.

As always, all good things come in threes. After last year’s final defeat against Russia and defeat in the 1998 final in Geneva against Spain (then still in the Fed Cup), this is Switzerland’s first triumph at the third attempt in the most important team competition in women’s tennis.

“Fighting pig” says Teichmann

Teichmann had previously ended a veritable rollercoaster of emotions at 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. The 25-year-old, plagued by calf pain after a fall, received a welcome gift in the deciding set: Storm Sanders (WTA 237) had to accept a break to make it 2-3 with a double fault. After that, she was shaky in her service games and finally took her opponent’s serve again in this set.

After 2:18 hours, victory was won on dry land. With the words “You’re a fighting pig!” Viktorija Golubic, who was favored over Teichmann in the semi-finals, praised her teammate’s performance. Teichmann was happy: “I’m starting to feel it physically, but I’m very happy that I was able to get a point. Hop Schwiz!»

For a long time, it looked like Teichmann would easily overcome Sanders’ hurdle. The woman from Biel was leading 6:3, 4:4, while her opponent was no longer moving properly. A medical timeout requiring treatment on his ankle cast doubt on whether Sanders would even be able to finish the game. But with her back to the wall, the Australian turned on the heating. Teichmann, on the other hand, was getting more and more nervous. At 4-5 and on her own serve, she first averted 2 set points before double-faulting at the most inopportune time.

Because Teichmann was subsequently caught and, as is well known, bitten, the memory of this double mistake will probably only cause her to smile broadly in the future. Also because she was able to keep her promise to Bencic from the previous year.

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