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Sports Swiatek powers Poland to BJK Cup finals, Raducanu loses

17:11  16 april  2022
17:11  16 april  2022 Source:   msn.com

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RADOM, Poland (AP) — Poland reached the Billie Jean King Cup finals for the first time after top-ranked Iga Swiatek overpowered Andreea Prisacariu of Romania 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday.

  Swiatek powers Poland to BJK Cup finals, Raducanu loses © Provided by The Canadian Press

Swiatek needed just 52 minutes to extend her singles winning streak to 19 in her second competitive match since becoming world No. 1.

“It took us a few years, step by step, to progress and qualify finally,” the 20-year-old Swiatek said in an on-court interview. “Hopefully in the finals we're going to show even more progress. I'm really proud of us.”

Swiatek's victory made it 3-0 for Poland in the best-of-five qualifier for the finals in November. The 2020 French Open champion beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-0 on Friday.

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Italy and Kazakhstan also advanced on Saturday. Camila Giorgi beat Harmony Tan of France 6-2, 6-0, giving the Italians their third straight win. Elena Rybakina made it three in a row for Kazakhstan over Germany by beating Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.


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In Prague, Marketa Vondrousova routed U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu 6-1, 6-1 to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 edge over Britain.

Raducanu, slowed by a blister on her foot, had debuted in the competition with a victory over Tereza Martincova on Friday but struggled against Vondrousova on a cold morning at the outdoor clay court.

Vondrousova, a former French Open finalist playing on her home court, needed just 62 minutes to beat the 19-year-old Raducanu, who took a medical timeout after the first set.

The Czechs have won the Cup six times since 2011 though they are without their three highest ranked singles players — No. 2 Barbora Krejcikova, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, No. 28 Petra Kvitova — and No. 1-ranked doubles player Katerina Siniakova.

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