Australia, Kazakhstan open with wins at Billie Jean King Cup

GLASGOW, Scotland — Australia and Kazakhstan claimed victories on the opening day of the Billie Jean King Cup, the most important workforce occasion in ladies’s tennis.

The Australians, bidding for a primary title within the competitors in 48 years, beat Slovakia 2-1 in Group B because of victories by Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in singles.

Kazakhstan received by the identical rating in opposition to Britain, the host nation, in Group C after Yulia Putintseva and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina received their singles matches.

Australia is a seven-time winner of the competitors previously generally known as the Fed Cup. All of its titles got here from 1964-74.

Sanders beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-3, whereas Tomljanovic was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova within the Scottish metropolis of Glasgow.

Kuzmova teamed up with Tereza Mihalikova to beat Sanders and Ellen Perez within the doubles.

Putintseva recovered to beat Katie Boulter 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Rybakina, ranked No. 22, dispatched Harriet Dart in a 6-1, 6-4 win.

In the doubles, Rybakina and Anna Danilina misplaced 7-5, 6-3 to Olivia Nicholls and Alicia Barnett, who had been making their match debuts.

There are 12 groups within the competitors, and they’re break up into 4 teams of three. Each match consists of two singles and a doubles match.

The group winners will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, with the ultimate on Sunday.

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