In Seville on November 12, an exhilarating showdown unfolded as Italy secured a spot in the Billy Jean King Cup final, triumphing over Slovenia.
This marked Italy’s first appearance in the final since 2013, with Martina Trevisan and Jasmine Paolini delivering stellar performances in their singles matches.
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Trevisan displayed prowess against Kaja Juvan, securing a victory of 7-6(6), 6-3, while Paolini navigated through challenges against Tamara Zidansek, ultimately triumphing 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a two-hour battle, as reported by Xinhua.
Meanwhile, Canada scripted a historic journey to their inaugural final by overcoming the Czech Republic. Barbora Krejcikova initially propelled the Czechs ahead by winning the opening singles match against Marina Stakusic in one hour and 23 minutes with a score of 6-2, 6-1.
The pressure intensified for Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, facing World No. 7 Marketa Vondrousova. Fernandez displayed resilience, claiming the first set 6-2.
Despite Vondrousova’s comeback with the same score in the second set, Fernandez maintained composure to secure a decisive 6-3 victory, marking only the second defeat for Vondrousova in her Billy Jean King Cup participation.
Fernandez’s triumph set the stage for a decisive doubles match, where she and her partner Gabriela Dabrowski showcased tremendous physical effort.
In a closely contested match, they secured victory against the Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova with a score of 7-5, 7-6(3), propelling Canada to their first-ever final in the tournament. The thrilling encounters showcased remarkable performances and set the tone for an exciting finale.