The Czech female tennis players did not start well in the direct battle for advancing to the semi-finals at the final tournament of the Billie Jean King Cup in Seville, Spain. Kateřina Siniaková (27) was not enough in the opening singles match 3:6, 2:6 against Danielle Collins (29). The 11-time champions will have to turn the duel with the United States around, Wimbledon champion Markéta Vondroušová (24) will try to equalize the match against Sofia Keninová (24).
Siniaková – Collinsová 3:6, 2:6
Kateřina Siniaková she had a good record against American women so far. Last year she defeated Coco Gauff in the Billie Jean King Cup, five years ago she defeated Alison Riske and Kenin in the final. Against Danielle Collins but she didn’t get a single break, lost serve three times herself, and left defeated in one hour and 26 minutes.
The 27-year-old native of Hradec Králové kept pace with the former world number seven in the beginning. She was the first to have three break points in the seventh game. But Collins deflected them and immediately struck. At 4:3, Siniak made two double faults and the American broke her serve. She then completed the set in 46 minutes.
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Also in the second set, Siniaková was looking for a recipe for a hard serve and her opponent’s game. This time, Collins got a break in the third game and took a 3-1 lead. In the seventh game, the well-returning American had six more break points, she used the last one and brought the duel to an end.
The winners of today’s match will face Canada in the semi-finalswhich defeated home team Spain and Poland 3-0 each time in the group. The second semi-final pair is already known. The four-time Italian champions will face the Slovenianswho, thanks to the best percentage of winning sets, made it to the top quartet in the less prestigious women’s team competition for the first time.
Vondroušová – Keninová (18:00)
They will try to keep the Czech team in the game for promotion Markéta Vondroušováwho will compete in the second singles with Sofia Keninova. Siniaková s Barbora Krejčíková against Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend.
Wimbledon winner Vondroušová will participate in the tournament in Seville for the first time, she missed the opening duel against Switzerland after moving from the Tournament of Champions. The native of Sokol also contributed to the win over the USA last year, when she defeated Collins. Twenty-four-year-old Vondroušová will attack in the national team for her 11th singles victory in a row. Together with doubles, she did not lose the last twelve matches in the national team.
“It will be a challenging match with Kenina. She is a Grand Slam winner. I’m curious about it. It’s a big duel today,” noted Pála. “There will definitely be more exchanges. But Markéta plays these matches well. I believe she will find a recipe to beat Kenina. She has the weapons to do it. There will be a lot of exchanges and run balls from both sides. It is necessary to figure out during the match what will apply,” Pála added.