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Fed Cup rebrands as the Billie Jean King Cup

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Halep and Plíšková start Rome campaigns

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Rafa and Novak back in action

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Kerber falls as Muguruza kicks on in Rome

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Orlando | Andy Lapthorne headlines four wins

Andy Lapthorne headlined four wins from four matches for the Brits on the second day of play in Orlando as the world No.2 began his quad singles and quad doubles campaigns with victories in both events.

Top seed Lapthorne had to dig deep to win his opening quad singles round-robin contest, eventually beating world No.4 Koji Sugeno of Japan 1-6, 6-1, 6-3. Lapthorne now plays British Open champion Niels Vnk of the Netherlands later in the week.

Later on Wednesday’s second day of competition Lapthorne and another Dutchman, Sam Schroder, made a spectacular winning start to their first-time doubles partnership. Lapthorne and Schroder beat 11-time Doubles Masters champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first of their three matches in the round-robin phase of the competition.

The first of two women’s doubles round-robin matches for Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley also brought another battling victory as the two-time Paralympic bronze medallists beat the French-Chinese partnership of Charlotte Famin and Zhenzhen Zhu 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.

However, there were no such concerns for men’s double second seeds Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid as the 2017 Doubls Masters champions produced a polished performance in beating Spanish duo Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente 6-1, 6-2. Next up for Hewett and Reid on Wednesday’s third day of play are Dutch partnership Tom Egberink and Maikel Scheffers.






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