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Minsk | USA clinch Fed Cup thriller over Belarus

It was a close run thing, but the United States finally secured their 18th Fed Cup championship win in Minsk, thanks to the solid play of CoCo Vandeweghe, who featured in all three winning rubbers over the weekend to deny Belarus the honour. It came down to the wire, however, as team mate Sloane Stephens lost a tense three-setter to allow the hosts to level, after which victory depended on the fifth and final doubles rubber. The USA, fielding Vandeweghe in place of Alison Riske, took the decisive doubles in straight but very tight sets, prompting ecstatic celebrations and...

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Minsk | Fed Cup Final evenly poised

The United States may well be hoping to end its longest Fed Cup title drought but they are being made to fight for the trophy by their hosts, Belarus, who are missing former World No 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in this weekend’s final. While World No 10, CoCo Vandeweghe scored the first rubber, US Open champion Sloane Stephens fell in three tight sets to Belarus’ top available player, Aryna Sabalenka, who is 78th in the world, leaving the tie evenly poised at one rubber apiece...

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Minsk | USA favourites for Fed Cup title

The 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Belarus and USA will be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Chizhovka Arena in Minsk on 11-12 November, the Belarusian Tennis Federation confirmed on Thursday. The 8,807 capacity-stadium is something of a lucky charm for Belarus this year following their surprise victories over Netherlands and Switzerland. Over the coming weekend it will be packed to the rafters as the hosts bid to upset 17-time champions USA, in their first appearance in the Fed Cup Final. Such is the demand to be a part of Belarus’ historic title-bid...

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Nasty turns nasty

The Fed Cup play-off between Romania and Britain is poised at 1-1 following wins by the nationŠ—’s respective number one players — Simona Halep beat Heather Watson 6-4 6-1 and Jo Konta levelled the five-rubber tie with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Sorana...

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‘Proud’ Keothavong

DEBUTING captain Anne Keothavong has declared Š—“IŠ—Èm just so proudŠ— as she led Great Britain into the World Group 11 playoffs in April by overcoming Croatia 2-1 in Estonia. Jo Konta and Heather Watson beat Ana Konjuh and Darija Jurak 4-6 6-4 6-3 in a nerve-jangling...

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GB take on Croatia

JO Konta will lead Great Britain into a promotion playoff against Croatia in the Fed Cup in Estonia. World No.10 Konta, the GB No.1 had to come from a set down to defeat Cagla Buyukakcay 5-7 6-4 6-3 in a 3-0 victory over Turkey which qualified her team, which finished top of its...

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