World No.1 Iga Swiatek won her 19th straight match on Saturday, leading Poland into the finals of the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup, the preeminent team competition in women’s professional tennis.
Swiatek gave Poland an insurmountable 3-0 lead in their qualifying tie against Romania with a flawless 6-0, 6-0 victory over Andreea Prisacariu. Top-ranked Swiatek converted all six of her break points en route to the 52-minute win.
By adding yet another triumph to her career-best winning streak, Swiatek gained Poland’s required third match-win of the week, qualifying her country for the November finals. 12 nations will compete for the prestigious crown in the finals.
Kazakhstan also clinched a spot in November’s finals as Elena Rybakina outlasted Germany’s Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in a battle between two of the world’s Top 20 players.
Former World No.1 Kerber broke Rybakina at love for a 5-3 lead in the third set, but Rybakina rebounded with aplomb, winning the next four games consecutively to give Kazakhstan the win and an unbeatable 3-0 lead for the weekend.
Four-time champion Italy also qualified for the finals, after Camila Giorgi gave her squad a 3-0 lead over three-time champion France with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Harmony Tan. Giorgi won 62 percent of points returning the Tan serve to ease to victory.
Five-time champion Spain also romped into the November finals. Sara Sorribes Tormo bested Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-4, giving the Spaniards the determining 3-0 advantage over the Netherlands.
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