Top-seeded Australia beat Great Britain to advance to Billie Jean King Cup final

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.

Storm Sanders had already put a point on the board for the Aussies with a first singles victory and she then paired Sam Stosur with a 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 10-6 victory over Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nichols. in a nerve-wracking doubles match in Glasgow.

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.

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 .

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