Vandeweghe gives US lead over Czech Republic in Fed Cup semi

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The victor of this series will play Belarus or Switzerland for the title. After Sabalenka served for the second set at 5-3, Bacsinszky reeled off the last four games for the 6-4, 7-5 victory in one hour, 42 minutes.

With former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka taking a break to raise her first child, Sasnovich is the only member of the Belarus team ranked in the top 100, at 96.

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In the United States, CoCo Vandeweghe gave her country the lead over the Czech Republic, beating 17-year-old Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 24 minutes. The 49th ranked Rogers finished the second set by double faulting to end the ninth game.

Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova returns a shot to United States' CoCo Vandeweghe during a Fed Cup semifinal tennis match, Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

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With her country down 1-0, Bacsinszky survived a stern test from teenager Aryna Sabalenka, as the World No.22 had to rally from a break down in both sets to see off the 18-year-old's challenge and knot the tie at 1-1.

In Minsk, Belarus and Switzerland were also locked at 1-1. This time, it was enough to bring her the match, as she held twice at love to deliver her 7th consecutive Fed Cup win for the USA. "It was just a great honor to be on court and to be able to play a really good match against a challenging opponent". Siniakova was delighted with her performance against Rogers, after converting all five break points that came her way.

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The Czech won her only previous encounter against Rogers, when they met at a qualifying match for the Italian Open in 2015.

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