Raducanu levels for Britain in BJK cup

US Open champion Emma Raducanu gained on her Billie Jean King Cup debut to stage Britain with the Czech Republic in Prague.

Raducanu’s swift rise was evident earlier than she beat Tereza Martincova 7-5, 7-5 in what was her first match for Britain and her first skilled match on clay in Friday.

Her third win of the yr got here with added strain after teammate Harriet Dart misplaced to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-0 within the opening singles. Vondrousova and Raducanu will meet within the first reverse singles on Saturday.

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The Czechs are favoured to win the best-of-five qualifier for the finals in November. They’ve gained the Cup six instances since 2011 although they’re with out their three highest ranked singles gamers – No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, No.7 Karolina Pliskova, No.28 Petra Kvitova — and No.1-ranked doubles participant Katerina Siniakova.

Elsewhere, Italy led France 2-0, Kazakhstan led Germany 2-0, Poland led Romania 2-0, and Spain led the Netherlands 2-0.

In late ties, the US was internet hosting Ukraine in Asheville, and Canada had Latvia in Vancouver.

Belgium acquired a walkover win over Belarus after the latter and titleholder Russia have been suspended for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Australia changed Russia within the finals, to affix 2021 finalist Switzerland and Slovakia.

Iga Swiatek celebrated her first aggressive match since turning into world No.1 by thrashing Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in lower than an hour. Swiatek prolonged her singles profitable streak to 18 after Polish teammate Magda Linette gained the primary level from Irina-Camelia Begu.

Swiatek can safe Poland’s place within the finals when she faces Begu within the first reverse singles on Saturday.

In Alghero, Italy’s Jasmine Paolini got here from a set and a break down and saved two match factors to beat France’s Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2) in two-plus hours. Camila Giorgi beat Oceane Dodin 6-1, 6-2, additionally for the primary time.

France has gained from 0-2 down solely as soon as, nevertheless it was in opposition to Italy in 2015.

In Nur-Sultan, Yulia Putintseva upset Angelique Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for a report fifteenth win within the Cup for Kazakhstan. Then Elena Rybakina overran Laura Siegemund to place the favoured Germans in a deep gap.

In s-Hertogenbosch, there have been straight-sets wins for Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Nuria Parrizas-Diaz, who notched her first Cup singles win.

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