Iga Swiatek, the world No. 1, won her 19th match in a row on Saturday, advancing Poland to the Billie Jean King Cup finals. Swiatek gave Romania’s Andreea Prisacariu a double bagle to give Poland an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the tie. In her demolition of Prisacariu, the top-ranked woman was clinical, with a perfect break point conversion rate.
In other action, despite a valiant effort, Great Britain was unable to defeat the Czech Republic in Prague. Six of the last ten Billie Jean King Cups have gone to the Czech Republic, demonstrating their depth of talent in the twenty-first century. Elena Rybakina defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a match between two Top 20 players, ensuring Kazakhstan’s place in the November finals. In the third set, Kerber broke the Kazakh No. 1 at love to take a 5-3 lead, but Rybakina came back with a bang, winning the next four games in a row to give her country the match and an unbeatable 3-0 lead for the weekend.
Sara Sorribes Tormo defeated Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-4, putting the Spaniards ahead of the Netherlands 3-0. To win 3-2, the United States had to hold off a stunning comeback by Ukraine. Leylah Fernandez beat Daniela Vismane 6-2, 6-1 in exactly an hour to give Canada a 3-0 victory over Latvia. Italy, a four-time champion, qualified as well. Camila Giorgi defeated Harmony Tan 6-2, 6-0 to give her team a 3-0 lead over three-time champions France.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the Monte-Carlo Masters for the second time on Sunday, defeating Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-6(3) to win his second ATP Masters 1000 title. The Greek, who was playing in his fourth final at this level, used fierce topspin and accuracy on his forehands and came back from a 5-4 deficit in the second set to win his first trophy of the season.
“I am very proud of myself,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “Things weren’t going well at one point, but I managed to stay composed to finish the match off. I am really proud with the belief I put in my game. Sometimes you doubt yourself, but it is always important to keep your head high.”
“He fought in moments I didn’t expect him to fight,” the Greek said. “He can hit incredible winners out of nowhere and play unpredictably. But I was able to minimise that. I knew he would be a dangerous opponent but that is a great win for me. I think we will see great results from him in the future.”