Sports Writing, April 15 (EFE).- Teams from Spain, Poland, Italy and Kazakhstan were one step away from the Billie Jean King Cup final after winning the first two games of their qualifying playoffs respective.
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 closed its first day with a victory for each team.
In Hertogenbosch, on clay, Sara Sorribes and Nuria Párrizas put Spain on track by winning 0-2 against the Netherlands. Spain faces the match without its two main players, Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza, injured. But Sorribes and Párrizas complied.
Sara Sorribes beat Lesley Pattinama 6-4, 6-3 to give Spain the second point in the duel taking place at Maaspoort Sports and Events in Hertogenbosch.
The number one of Anabel Medina’s team took an hour and 43 minutes to beat the Dutchman, 141 in the women’s ranking without any individual title in her history.
Sara Sorribes, who opened her record in Guadalajara (Mexico) last year and is ranked 49th, confirmed her superiority despite the push and the will of her opponent.
Sara Sorribes’ victory was joined by that of Nuria Párrizas who opened the encounter with a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over Arantxa Rus after one 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. Sara Sorribes will face Arantxa Rus then Nuria Parrizas 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.
Iga Swiatek confirmed his world number one status and led Poland in the clash against Romania at Radomsakie Centrum Sportu. Swiatek inaugurated her status as the dominatrix of the women’s circuit with a resounding victory, unceremoniously, against Mihaela Buzarnescu (6-1 and 6-0), in 56 minutes.
Swiatek completed the strong start of her channeled team with Magda Linette’s victory over Irina Camelia Begu 6-1, 4-6 and 6-2. The world number one can seal the goal on Saturday, in the first game, which 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.
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 all three sets but won 2-6, 6-1, 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 which is 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 back to Angelica Kerber (3-6, 6-3 and 6-2) then Elena Rybakina overtook Laura Siegemund (6-0 and 6-1).
Emma Raducanu saved Britain in Prague against the Czech Republic. The winner of the last US Open beat Tereza Martinkova with 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 champions the Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. The place is pending as well as the direct invitation of a selection to complete the poster for the final phase.