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Bencic leads Switzerland into BJK Cup semis; Australia into last four

The Olympic champion won her singles and doubles to give the Swiss a surprise victory over Czech Republic

Belinda Bencic BJK Cup 2021 AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Olympic champion Belinda Bencic led Switzerland into the semi-final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Thursday as she won singles and doubles matches to secure a 2-1 win over Czech Republic.

Bencic beat French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 7-6 (4), 6-4 and then teamed up with Jil Teichmann to see off Katerina Siniakova and Lucie Hrdecka 6-3, 6-3 to secure the win for the Swiss.

Marketa Vondrousova put the Czechs ahead with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Vikotija Golubic but Bencic levelled and then stepped up for a second time to send the Swiss through to the last four.

Earlier on Thursday, Australia beat Belarus to join the United States and Russia in the last four.

Storm Sanders put Australia ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Yulia Hatouka before Ajla Tomljanovic beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to seal the win. “There’s no greater feeling,” Tomljanovic said.

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