London | BJK Cup Groups sorting winners and losers

In Europe/Africa Group I play, Greece took a step closer to the Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs with wins by Valentini Grammatikopoulou and Maria Sakkari to defeat Latvia, 3-0, at the Complexo de tenis do jamor in Oeiras.

Greece, Latvia and Denmark are battling it out to finish in 4th place in the Group, with the successful team booking a place in the 2024 BJK Cup Play-offs.

If Greece can defeat Denmark on Saturday, then they will be assured of a place in November’s Play-offs.

Grammatikopoulou got off to a flying start against Daniela Vismane, winning, 6-0 7-5, in an hour and 19 minutes before team-mate Sakkari followed suit, with a win over Darja Semenistaja by the exact same scoreline.

In the doubles rubber, which could prove crucial should it come down to tie win-loss records, Martha Matoula & Despina Papamichail clinched a close-fought encounter with Adelina Lachinova & Jelena Ostapenko, 6-4 3-6 [10-8].

Elsewhere in the regional Group I event, Portugal came back from 1-0 down to defeat Norway 2-1 and keep their hopes alive of staying at this level of the competition.

The Norwegians have to defeat Bulgaria 3-0 on Friday to avoid being one of the two teams that are relegated to Europe/Africa Group II.

Serbia finished top of Pool C and joins Austria and Netherlands in November’s Play-offs

The Serbians completed a perfect week in Oerias, Portugal with a 3-0 victory over Sweden on Day 3 of the Group I event.

Aleksandra Krunic and Mia Ristic did the damage in singles, with Lola Radivojevic & Nina Stojanovic sealing the win in the dead doubles.

Austria, Netherlands and Serbia will now all compete in a round-robin to determine the final positions but, more importantly, there is still that one place in November’s Play-offs up for grabs, which sees Denmark, Latvia and Greece fighting it out for promotion.

Meanwhile, hosts Portugal are desperate to retain their place in Group I, and go up against Bulgaria and Norway in the next phase of the event.

Click here to view full results from Europe/Africa Group I

Croatia is set to play Egypt on Friday in Europe/Africa Group II being held in Vilnius.

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In Europe/Africa Group II being held in Vilnius, Lithuania took a step closer to promotion after defeating Egypt, 2-1, on Thursday.

With Croatia set to play Egypt on Friday, a win for the Europeans will be enough to see the hosts into Group I for the first time since 2007.

Elsewhere in Group II, there were wins for Israel against Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina against Kosovo, and Morocco against Malta.

The Croatians overcame North Macedonia 3-0 on Wednesday to maintain their perfect record in this year’s competition, while Lithuania recorded a third 2-1 win in a row to sit pretty at the top of Pool B.

Despite losing 2-1 to Georgia, Egypt ended the initial round-robin phase on top of Pool C, thanks to a superior match win-loss record compared to Georgia and Kosovo.

Morocco and Malta were relegated to their respective Group III event next year, despite the former defeating Israel in a thriller on Wednesday.

Malta, who have yet to win a match in Vilnius, will now take on Morocco to avoid finishing in last place.

Click here for full results from Europe/Africa Group II

Kim Dabin helped Korea Rep top the Asia/Oceania Group I, thanks to their perfect 9-0 match win-loss record, but they have yet to face the other undefeated side, hosts China PR.

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In play at Asia/Oceania Group I, Korea, Republic maintained a perfect record with another 3-0 win, this time over Pacific Oceania.

Kim Dabin and Park Sohyun scored comfortable wins in singles, before the same pair notched a third win in the doubles rubber.

The Koreans currently sit in first place, thanks to their perfect 9-0 match win-loss record, but they have yet to face the other undefeated side, the hosts, China PR.

The Chinese team might have dropped a doubles rubber, against Chinese Taipei, but they still look like a formidable force in this year’s Group I event.

On Thursday, China were even able to rest their top-ranked player, Zheng Qinwen, and still came out on top 3-0 against New Zealand.

Despite their best efforts, the Kiwis could not give birthday girl Erin Routliffe the perfect present as she and Lulu Sun fell 14-12 in a match tiebreak against Guo Hanyu & Wang Xinyu.

India remain in the hunt for a promotion place after defeating Chinese Taipei, 2-1, on Thursday, but they will need one of Korea, Rep or China to lose both their remaining ties if they are to have any chance of progressing.

With India scheduled to play Korea, Rep on Friday, the outcome of that tie will prove pivotal to which teams progress.

Click here to see full results from Asia/Oceania Group I 

Maria Lourdes Carle sealed the win for Argentina over Venezuela in the Americas I Group

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Elsewhere, in the Americas I Group, Argentina in pole position after Day 3 in Bogota, after 3 wins in a row.

Mercedes Paz’s team defeated Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday to maintain their unbeaten run in this year’s competition.

Wins for Julia Riera and Maria Lourdes Carle in singles were enough to seal the win, but Julieta Lara Estable & Luisina Giovannini put the icing on the cake with a 3-6 6-1 [10-4] victory in the doubles.

Hosts Colombia bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Chile with a 3-0 victory over Peru to keep alive their hopes of winning one of the places in November’s Play-offs.

Chile clinched a 2-1 win over Ecuador with victory in the doubles for Fernanda Labrana & Daniela Seguel.

Click here for full results from Americas Group I



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