Alison Riske rewarded in the marathon tie-break; Iga Swiatek, Emma Raducanu Shine – Up News Info News in France and abroad

Alison Riske won the second-longest tiebreaker in Billie Jean King Cup history on Friday, edging Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (18/16), 7-5 as the United States took a 2-leg lead -0 over Ukraine.

Riske needed eight set points in the tiebreaker while Yastremska fought back 5-1 and earned four set points herself before the American won the epic match in the opener of the meeting in Asheville, North Carolina.

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“It was so weird and amazing at the same time,” Riske said.

Yastremska added: “I was laughing inside and, at the same time, I felt like crying. I didn’t know when it was going to end. It was so unpredictable both ways. »

It was already an emotional week in Asheville, where Team USA did everything they could to make Ukrainians – worried about their family and friends back home amid the ongoing Russian invasion – feel welcome.

“It’s like living in two different realities,” Ukraine captain Olga Savchuk said Thursday as she tried to focus on tennis as the brutal fighting 5,000 miles away in Europe remained at the forefront of their minds.

With Ukrainian fans, flags and colors prominently displayed in the stands, Riske was pushed all the way by three-time WTA winner Yastremska once ranked 21st in the world but now 93rd.

But American Jessica Pegula edged past Katarina Zavatska, 22, 6-2, 6-1 in just 64 minutes as the United States edged closer to a place in the final.

Seven qualifiers are played on Friday and Saturday.

The winners will join Switzerland, Australia, Belgium and Slovakia in the final later this year.

Defending champions Russia and Belarus were expelled from the competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Iga Swiatek marked her first game as world number one with an 18th straight win as she edged Poland closer to the final.

The 20-year-old beat 123rd-placed Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-0 in just 55 minutes as the Poles opened a 2-0 lead over Romania in Radom.

Swiatek entered the tie on a hot streak, picking up 17 successive wins on her way to titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami.

Earlier, her teammate Magda Linette rose to the challenge of experienced Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

“I’m much more confident right now,” Swiatek said. “I feel like I’ve grown up, that’s for sure. »

US Open champion Emma Raducanu helped Great Britain level their tie against 11-time champions Czech Republic 1-1 with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Tereza Martincova.

Raducanu, playing on clay for the first time as a professional, took the win in just over two hours.

The 19-year-old showed no ill effects after losing her nails while training on the demanding surface earlier in the week in Prague.

The Czechs, playing without two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and former world number one Karolina Pliskova, had taken a 1-0 lead when Marketa Vondrousova beat Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-0.

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Kazakhstan also have a foot in the final after opening a surprise 2-0 lead over Germany at Nur-Sultan.

Yulia Putintseva recorded a national-record 15th singles victory in the renowned Fed Cup tournament by defeating three-time major winner Angelique Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Elena Rybakina then demolished Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-0 to leave the Kazakhs needing just a point from Saturday’s double and two reverse singles to seal the overall victory.

Italy leads 2-0 over France in Sardinia.

Jasmine Paolini, ranked at 48, beat Alize Cornet, world number 34, in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2).

Paolini, who had lost his last seven games in the tournament, saved two match points.

Before facing the second match point, she had to change her shoelaces.

France, champions as recently as 2019, fell further behind when world number 30 Camila Giorgi had too much firepower for 94th-placed Oceane Dodin, 6-1, 6-2.

Spain, whose five titles were all won in the 1990s, have a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands despite the absence of injured two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza and world number three Paula Badosa.

Nuria Parrizas Diaz beat Arantxa Rus 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) before Sara Sorribes Tormo beat Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 6-3.

In Vancouver, Canada took a 2-0 lead over Latvia as Leylah Fernandez beat Darja Semanistaja 6-1, 6-2 and Rebecca Marino beat Daniela Vismane 6-3, 6-7 (4/7) , 6-3.

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