Billie Jean King Cup: the USA are scared against Ukraine but have the last word

The Ukrainians defended their colors dearly but ended up giving in to the United States. Led 2-0 after the first two singles on Friday, they first reduced the gap thanks to Dayana Yastremska (93rd in the world), who solidly disposed 6-3, 6-4 of Jessica Pegula (14th). Then Katarina Zvatska (201st) achieved the feat of bringing the equalizing point, beating Shelby Rodgers (46th) by the same score, preferred to Alison Riske who had won the day before, against Yastremska, the longest tie-break in the history of the singles event (18/16).

Finally, the salvation of the Americans came from the pair Jessica Pegula / Asia Muhammad (USA), too strong for Dayana Yastremska / Lyudmyla Kichenok 7-6 (7/5), 6-3. The United States join eleven other teams in the final phase of the Billie Jean King Cup, including Switzerland, finalists last year, and Australia, which benefited from the exclusion of defending champion Russia. This epilogue came to close a weekend rich in emotions for the Ukrainian players, inevitably prey to immense concern for their families and loved ones who remained in their country, target since February 24 of a Russian military invasion.

Something hard to describe

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“I always like to represent my country, but there, at the moment, it’s something difficult to describe. My heart remains at home, but my spirit is here”, said Yastremska after her win over Pegula. The American Tennis Federation has announced that part of the ticketing revenue will be donated to an association helping Ukraine.

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