Vandeweghe gives US lead over Czech Republic in Fed Cup semi


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.