Sanders, Tomljanovic guide Australia into Billie Jean King Cup semis

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Tennis - Billie Jean King Cup - Finals - O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - November 4, 2021 Australia's Storm Sanders celebrates winning her group stage match against Belarus' Yuliya Hatouka REUTERS/David W Cerny

  • Australia to look either Czech Republic oregon Switzerland successful semis
  • Sanders defeats Hatouka, Tomljanovic wins against Sasnovich

PRAGUE, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic won their respective singles rubbers connected Thursday to assistance Australia bushed Belarus and publication the team's spot successful the semi-finals of the new-look Billie Jean King Cup finals.

Australia, chasing an eighth rubric successful the women's squad contention which was antecedently called the Fed Cup, had defeated Belgium successful their opening necktie and their unassailable 2-0 pb against Belarus ensured they volition apical Group B.

Belarus, who person ne'er won a Billie Jean King Cup title, came to Prague without their apical 2 players - satellite fig 2 Aryna Sabalenka and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka - and ended up losing some their radical ties.

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 semi-finals, with the last connected Saturday.

The Russian Tennis Federation volition look 18-time winners United States successful the archetypal semi-final successful the greeting with Australia taking connected either hosts Czech Republic oregon Switzerland successful the evening session.

The 27-year-old Sanders, who made her tourney debut this week, gave Australia the perfect commencement with a comfy 6-3 6-3 triumph successful her archetypal gathering against an error-prone Yuliya Hatouka, ranked 192nd successful the world.

"For maine to travel retired and present nether pressure, it's a large feeling," said Sanders, who won her singles rubber but mislaid the doubles against Belgium connected Tuesday.

"I played a truly coagulated match. I was a small spot bushed from my 2 matches connected Tuesday, but I came retired and conscionable fought truly hard."

Aliaksandra Sasnovich jumped to a 4-0 pb successful the 2nd singles rubber against Tomljanovic earlier the 43rd-ranked Australian, who missed the necktie against Belgium done illness, recovered her footing successful the contest.

Tomljanovic recovered her people arsenic the lucifer progressed and though she could not prevention the opening acceptable she did capable to bushed the 88th-ranked Sasnovich 4-6 6-2 6-3.

"There truly is nary greater feeling," said Tomljanovic. "I came present to assistance the squad and I've ended up doing that, truthful that makes maine happy."

Czech Republic and Switzerland volition play the last necktie of the round-robin signifier successful the evening with the victor progressing to the semi-finals from Group D aft some sides defeated Germany successful their opener.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly successful Mumbai; editing by Toby Davis

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