Russia and US set up Billie Jean King Cup semifinal clash

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rallied from a acceptable down to bushed Alize Cornet connected Wednesday and assistance the Russian Tennis Federation oust defending champions France and scope the Billie Jean King Cup semifinals for the archetypal clip since 2015.

The Russians volition look the United States aft they bushed Spain 2-1 to assertion archetypal spot successful Group C successful the day's different tie wrong Prague's O2 Arena.

The RTF team, whose 5 players successful Prague are ranked wrong the world's apical 40, needed to triumph conscionable 1 lucifer successful their 2nd round-robin necktie successful Group A aft blanking Canada 3-0 successful their opener.

    Ekaterina Alexandrova mislaid the archetypal rubber to Clara Burel, leaving Pavlyuchenkova, the highest ranked among the Russian broadside astatine 12th, needing to bushed the 59th-ranked Cornet to debar leaving their destiny depending connected the doubles.

      Cornet showed bosom against the big-hitting Russian to triumph the opening acceptable but Pavlyuchenkova recovered an other cogwheel and much powerfulness to borderline a grueling lucifer 5-7 6-4 6-2.

      Cornet reacts during her lucifer  against Pavlyuchenkova.

      Pavlyuchenkova broke Cornet's service 3 times successful the deciding acceptable and converted her archetypal lucifer constituent with an immaculate driblet volley earlier breaking into a jig with teammate Daria Kasatkina connected court.

      "I'm really, truly bushed close present due to the fact that I gave it each retired determination physically and emotionally," Pavlyuchenkova told reporters.

      "I didn't consciousness truthful large earlier the lucifer actually, and successful the archetypal set, I was a spot dilatory for immoderate crushed ... but successful the end, I recovered this astonishing vigor and I was successful that benignant of portion and vibe."

      Burel and Cornet returned to the tribunal for the doubles, hoping to astatine slightest assistance France triumph the necktie but the Russian brace of Liudmila Samsonova and Veronika Kudermetova wholly outplayed them successful a 6-2 6-1 win.

      Under the tournament's caller format, 12 teams person been divided into 4 groups of round-robin play and the radical winners advancement to Friday's semifinals, with the last connected Saturday.

      The United States, grounds 18-times champions, were nether unit aft losing to Slovakia successful their opening lucifer and knew lone a convincing triumph against Spain would beryllium enough.

      Sloane Stephens opened up with a 6-4 6-4 triumph implicit Nuria Parrizas Diaz earlier Danielle Collins thrashed Sara Sorribes Tormo for the nonaccomplishment of lone 1 crippled to seal triumph successful the tie.

      A straight-sets triumph for Spanish brace Aliona Bolsova and Rebeka Masarova implicit Caroline Dolehide and Coco Vandeweghewas was purely world arsenic Kathy Rinaldi's US were assured of archetypal spot successful the radical connected a superior sets win-loss percentage.

        Russia, who won the erstwhile Fed Cup 4 times betwixt 2004-2008, volition conscionable the US connected Friday.

        Thursday's enactment concludes radical play with Australia up against Belarus successful Group B and Switzerland taking connected the hosts Czech Republic successful Group D.

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