Australia have reached the final of women’s tennis’ biggest team event for the 19th time after winning the deciding doubles in a decisive match to beat Great Britain 2-1 in the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday.
In Sunday’s title match, Australia will face the winner of the second semi-final between the Czech Republic and Switzerland later on Saturday.
Sanders beat Heather Watson 6-4, 7-6(3) before Great Britain fought back through Harriet Dart, who won 7-6(3), 6-2 against Ajla Tomljanovic.
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Great Britain were in the semi-finals for the first time since 1981, exceeding pre-event expectations.
Australia, the top-ranked women’s team, will head to the final to win the event formerly known as the Fed Cup for the eighth time – and the first time since 1974. The Australians lost in the final in 2019 .