Australia bests Slovakia in opening match of Billie Jean King Cup


Australia and Kazakhstan claimed victories on the opening day of the Billie Jean King Cup, the most important workforce occasion in girls’s tennis.

The Australians, bidding for a primary title in the competitors in 48 years, beat Slovakia 2-1 in Group B due to victories by Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in singles.

Kazakhstan gained by the identical rating towards Britain, the host nation, in Group C after Yulia Putintseva and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina gained their singles matches.

Australia is a seven-time winner of the competitors previously often known as the Fed Cup. All of its titles got here from 1964-74.

Sanders beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-3, whereas Tomljanovic was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the Scottish metropolis of Glasgow.

Kuzmova teamed up with Tereza Mihalikova to beat Sanders and Ellen Perez in the doubles.

Putintseva recovered to beat Katie Boulter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Rybakina, ranked No. 22, dispatched Harriet Dart in a 6-1, 6-4 win.

In the doubles, Rybakina and Anna Danilina misplaced 7-5, 6-3 to Olivia Nicholls and Alicia Barnett, who have been making their match debuts.

There are 12 groups in the competitors and they’re cut up into 4 teams of three. Each match consists of two singles and a doubles.

The group winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, with the ultimate on Sunday.


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