Sports writing, EFE.
Teams from Spain, Poland, Italy and Kazakhstan moved closer to the Billie Jean King Cup final, having won the first two games of their respective qualifying play-offs.
At the expense of the start of the duels between the United States and Ukraine, and Canada against Latvia, these four teams are aiming for the final phase of the tournament. In the air, with everything to be decided, is the clash between the Czech Republic and Great Britain, which ended its first day with a victory for each team.
In Hertogenbosch, on clay, Sara Sorribes and Nuria Párrizas put Spain on course for qualifying, beating the Netherlands 0-2. Spain faces the match without its two main players, Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza, injured. But Sorribes and Párrizas complied.
Sorribes beat Lesley Pattinama 6-4, 6-3 to give Spain the second point in the duel at Maaspoort Sports and Events in Hertogenbosch.
The number one of Anabel Medina’s team took 1h43 to beat the Dutch, 141st in the women’s ranking and without any individual title in her history.
Sorribes, who opened his record in Guadalajara (Mexico) last year and is ranked 49th, confirmed his superiority despite the dynamism and the will of his opponent.
Sorribes’ victory was joined by that of Párrizas, who opened the encounter with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Rus, after 1 hour and 34 minutes of play.
Spain only need one more point to seal their presence in the final of the competition. The duel will be defined on Saturday. Sorribes will face Rus and, later, Párrizas will face Lesley Pattinama. For the doubles confrontation, the initially scheduled are Aliana Bolsova and Rebeka Masarova, who will play against Arianne Hartono and Demi Schuurs.
Swiagtek leads Poland
Iga Swiatek embodied his status as world number one and led Poland in the clash against Romania which is being played at Radomsakie Centrum Sportu. Swiatek inaugurated her status as dominatrix of the women’s circuit with a resounding victory, without hesitation, over Mihaela Buzarnescu (6-1 and 6-0), in 56 minutes.
Swiatek completed her side’s strong start, channeled with Magda Linette’s triumph over Irina Camelia Begu 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. The world number one can seal the goal on Saturday in the first game she plays against Begu.
Next, Dawid Celt’s team will feature Linette against Buzarnescu. For the doubles, Magdalena Frech and Alicja Rosolska are set, who would play against Andrea Mitu and Andreea Prisacariu.
Italy is also planted
On the hard court of the Alghero Tennis Club, Italy got into the final thanks to Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi. He suffered the first to overthrow Alize Cornet. He needed the 3 sets but won 2-6, 6-1 and 7-6(2).
Giorgi took advantage of a procedure against Océane Dodin (6-1 and 6-2), to leave Tathiana Garbin’s team one step away from qualifying.
Kazakhstan left Germany on the brink of elimination in the series being played at the Nur-Sultan National Tennis Center on clay. The team managed by Yaroslava Shvedova forged its presence in the final, with two victories. First, Julia Putintseva came behind Angelica Kerber (3-6, 6-3, 6-2) then Elena Rybakina overtook Laura Siegemund (6-0, 6-1).
Emma Raducanu saved Great Britain, in Prague, against the Czech Republic. The winner of the last US Open beat Tereza Martinkova by a double 7-5, and equalized the duel against the Czech Republic who had taken the advantage in the opening match when Marketa Vondrousova clearly beat Harriet Dart (6- 1 and 6-0).
The clash will be resolved on Saturday. The duel between the two number ones which will open the second session between Emma Raducanu and Marketa Vondrousova will be decisive. Then, Tereza Martinkova and Harriet Dart will play, first. And for the double, which could be decisive, the captains have so far opted for Marie Bouzkova and Linda Fruhvirtova, the home team, and Sonay Kartal and Katie Swan, the visitors.
Seven places are in play for the final of the Billie Jean King Cup 2022, scheduled for November 8-13, and for those who already have a place Switzerland, Australia, Belgium and Slovakia, leaving aside the current champion, Russia due to invasion. to Ukraine. The place is pending and also the direct invitation of a selection, to complete the poster for the final phase.