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Alison Riske Rewarded in Marathon Tiebreak at BJK Cup Tennis News – Nation World News

Paris: Alison Riske on Friday topped the second-longest tiebreak in Billie Jean King Cup history as she beat Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (18/16), 7-5 as the United States scored 2-0 on Ukraine Took the lead. ,
Riske needed eight set points in the tiebreaker, while Yastremska fought down 5-1 and the American had four set points before pulling off an epic decider in the opening rubber of the tie in Asheville, North Carolina.
“It was so bizarre and surprising at the same time,” Riske said.
Yastremska said: “I was laughing inside and at the same time, I wanted to cry. I didn’t know when it was going to end. It was very unexpected either way.”
It was already an emotional week in Asheville, where the US team did everything possible to make Ukrainians – concerned about family and friends at home amid the ongoing Russian offensive – feel welcome.

“It’s like living in two different realities while a brutal battle 5,000 miles away in Europe was at the fore of his mind,” Ukraine captain Olga Savchuk said on Thursday of trying to focus on tennis.
With Ukraine’s fans, flags and stands in the dominant colors, Riske was pushed all the way by Yastremska, a three-time WTA champ, who was once ranked 21st in the world but is now ranked 93rd.
But American Jessica Pegula beat 22-year-old Katarina Zawatska 6-2, 6-1 in just 64 minutes as the United States moved closer to a place in the final.
Seven qualifiers are being played on Friday and Saturday.
The winners will join Switzerland, Australia, Belgium and Slovakia in the final later this year.
The defending champions Russia and Belarus have been taken out of the competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Inga Swietec marked their first match as world number one and drew Poland closer to the final with an 18th consecutive win.
The 20-year-old beat 123rd-ranked Mihela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-0 in just 55 minutes as the Poles took a 2-0 lead over Romania in Radom.
Swietec went into a tie on a hot streak, recording 17 consecutive wins on their way to the title in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.
Teammate Magda Linet previously defeated a challenge from the experienced Irina-Kamelia Begu 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
“I’m a lot more confident right now,” Sweetek said. “I feel like I’ve definitely grown up.”
US Open champion Emma Radukanu helped Britain to a 1-1 draw against 11-time champions Czech Republic.

Radukanu, playing on clay courts for the first time as a professional, won in just two hours.
The 19-year-old showed no ill effects from losing his toenails in training on the demanding surface in the first week in Prague.
The Czech team, playing without two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former world number one Karolina Pliskova, took a 1–0 lead when Marketa Vondrosova defeated Harriet Dart 6–1, 6–0.
Kazakhstan also has a leg up in the final after a surprising 2-0 lead over Germany in Nur-Sultan.
Yulia Putintseva defeated three-time major winner Angelique Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to register a national record 15th singles victory in the rebranded Fed Cup tournament.
The Kazakhs needed only one point from Saturday’s doubles and two reverse singles to seal an overall win as Elena Rybakina beat Laura Siegmund 6-1, 6-0.
Italy leads France 2-0 in Sardinia.
48th-ranked Jasmine Paolini defeated world number 34 Alizee Cornet 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) in three sets.
Paolini, who had lost her last seven matches in the tournament, saved two match points.
Before facing the second match point, he had to replace his shovels.
France, the most recent champions as of 2019, slipped further, when world number 30 Camilla Giorgi had a lot of firepower for 94th-ranked Ocion Dodin, 6-1, 6-2.
Spain, whose all five titles came in the 1990s, lead the Netherlands 2-0 despite the missing two-time Grand Slam title winner Garbine Muguruza and world number three Paula Badosa.
Nuria Parijas Diaz defeated Arantxa Rus 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) before Sara Soribes Tormo defeated Leslie Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 6-3.
In Vancouver, Canada took a 2–0 lead over Latvia as Leyla Fernández defeated Darja Semenistaja 6–1, 6–2 and Rebecca Marino defeated Daniela Wiseman 6–3, 6–7 (4/7). defeated 6-3.

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