London | BJK Cup Regional Groups nearing completion

On Friday, in Europe/Africa Group I, Denmark defeated Greece 2-1 to put them in contention for 4th place and a promotion spot to the Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs in November.

Denmark’s Clara Tauson, ranked 87, upset Maria Sakkari, the World No 6 from Greece, in a thrilling encounter in Oeiras, Portugal, 6-4 6-4.

Tauson won 4 of her 7 break point opportunities to secure the straight sets win, as she improved her singles record in this competition to an impressive 13-4.

The victory for Tauson backed up a win by teenage Danish star, Johanne Christine Svendsen, in the opening rubber of the tie, who beat the vastly more experienced Valentini Grammatikopoulou, 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3, in a contest that lasted 2 hours and 22 minutes.

In the 1st to 3rd Play-Off tie between Austria and Serbia, it was one-way traffic as Tamira Paszek and Sinja Kraus set up a 3-0 Austrian triumph by winning their singles matches.

Two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist Paszek proved too strong for Serbia’s Elena Milovanovic as she recorded a 6-4 6-3 win, with her come-back from illness and injuries continuing to gather momentum.

This was an 11th singles win for Paszek in the Billie Jean King Cup.

Kraus beat Serbia’s Mia Ristic, 6-2 6-4, winning 6 of her 9 break points in a match where service was broken on 9 occasions.

Austria are now in a strong position at the top of Pool A ahead of their final match against the Netherlands.

In the 7th to 9th Play-Off section of the draw, Hungary recorded a 3-0 win against Sweden.

Norway were relegated to Europe/Africa Group II after falling 2-1 to Bulgaria.

Click HERE for full results from Europe/Africa Group I

Team Argentina head to the Play-Offs of the Billie Jean King Cup in November

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In Americas Group I, while Argentina secured their promotion, the top spot is still up for grabs in Bogota and depends on the outcome of Saturday’s matches

Argentina head into the final round of matches in Americas Group I with a perfect winning record after they won a 4th straight tie by beating Chile at Club Los Lagartos in Bogotá, Colombia.

World No 112 Julia Riera set the ball rolling for Argentina with a 7-5 6-2 win against World No 693 Fernanda Labrana in a scrap that featured 7 breaks of serve.

Maria Lourdes Carle then backed up her status as the highest-ranked player in the tie as she won her 6th Billie Jean King Cup singles match by beating Daniela Seguel, 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3, to secure victory for an Argentine side that has been so impressive all week.

Martina Capurro Taborda & Julieta Estable teamed up in the doubles to complete a 3-0 win for Argentina, who now go head-to-head with hosts Colombia in a tie that will decide the destiny of Pool A.

Should Colombia defeat Argentina, the hosts will finish top with Argentina assured of a second place finish at worst.

Colombia warmed up for that tie against Argentina by beating Venezuela 3-0, with the experienced Maria Paulina Perez-Garcia sealing only her third singles win in this competition as she battled to a 6-2 5-7 6-3 win against Andrea Gamiz.

If Colombia lose to Argentina, though, they will be hoping both Venezuela and Chile can win their remaining ties.

In the other tie played on Friday, Peru and Ecuador tussled to avoid finishing at the bottom of the pool and it was the Peruvians that came out on top with a 2-1 win.

The youthful doubles pairing of 21-year-old Romina Ccuno & teenager Francesca Maguina Bunikowska held their nerve as they teamed up to secure the crucial win in the doubles to seal the tie.

Now all eyes will be on the battle between Colombia and Argentina to decide who clinches top spot in Pool A.

Click HERE for full results from Americas Group I

Zhu Lin maintained China's unbeaten record in the Asia/Oceania Group I event in Changsha with a win over Eleanor Schuster of Pacific Oceania

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China, PR notched up another impressive 3-0 win against Pacific Oceania  in the Asia/Oceania Group I event in Changsha, to further boost their charge towards the competition, with Zhu Lin continuing the Chinese momentum with a 6-0 6-2 win against Eleanor Schuster.

Gus & Zhu then teamed up to complete the 3-0 win with a doubles success against Boosie & Schuster, with China, P.R. now boasting a record of 11 wins from their 12 matches played at the Group I event.

India moved up to 2nd in the standings, behind China, PR, after a 2-1 win against Korea, Rep.

Rutuja Bhosale proved to be too strong for Sohyun Park, as she secured a 6-2 6-2 win, with Sujeong Jang striking back for Korea, Rep in the 2nd match as she beat Ankita Raina 6-2 6-3.

Prarthana Thombare then teamed up with Raina to secure a doubles win and put India in a strong position in the group.

New Zealand also took a positive step forward as they beat Chinese Taipei, 2-1, with Lulu Sun’s 6-1 6-2 singles win against Ya Yi Yang putting her side back into the mix ahead of the final round of matches on Saturday.

The top two teams in the pool will win promotion to November’s 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Play-offs, while the bottom two teams will be relegated to Asia/Oceania Group II in 2025.

Click HERE to see a full list of results from Asia/Oceania Group I.



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