Switzerland in the BIllie Jean King Cup final against Australia

As in their first two matches of the week, Switzerland made the difference in singles. Belinda Bencic (WTA 12) also did not flinch on Saturday when delivering the thrust, winning 6-2 7-6 (8/6) ahead of Karolina Pliskova (WTA 37). Viktorija Golubic (WTA 77) previously beat Karolina Muchova (WTA 149) 6-4 6-4.

Impressive so far in Glasgow, Belinda Bencic nevertheless had to work against Karolina Pliskova. Powerless in the second set until 2-5, the Olympic singles champion found the resources to turn the tide against a player whose lack of consistency in the exchange is often prohibitive.

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Switzerland has therefore fulfilled the first part of its contract by reaching the final of this competition for the third time. Belinda Bencic and Co. hope to offer their country a first crown, to finally erase the failures suffered in the final in 1998 at Palexpo against Spain and last year in Prague against Russia.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The occasion is beautiful, and perhaps even unique. Australia can no longer count on former world number 1 Ashleigh Barty, a young retiree. She relies on Ajla Tomljanovic (WTA 33), quarter-finalist of the recent US Open, and Storm Sanders (WTA 237), who is however only number 8 in the Australian hierarchy.

The Swiss will inevitably be on their guard, even if they had flown over the debates last year in the semi-final against this same team. Jil Teichmann crushed Storm Sanders 6-3 6-0 in the opener, Belinda Bencic dominating Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2 to send Switzerland through to the final.

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