Czech Republic and Switzerland hit back to level Fed Cup semi-finals
There promises to be plenty of drama in Florida and Minsk on Sunday, with both Fed Cup semi-finals in the balance.
It is all to play for in both Fed Cup semi-finals after Katerina Siniakova drew Czech Republic level against the United States and Switzerland pegged Belarus back on Saturday.
Coco Vandeweghe coasted to a 6-1 6-4 victory over Marketa Vondrousova in the opening rubber at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida.
Australian Open semi-finalist Vandeweghe was a cut above the world number 117, breaking five times in a one-sided encounter to edge the 17-time champions in front.
Siniakova hit back, seeing off Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-3 to level the tie and keep the Czechs firmly in the hunt for a sixth title in seven years.
A double fault put Rogers out of her misery, ensuring Siniakova could celebrate a victory on debut in a live singles rubber and will look to follow that up by putting the Czechs 2-1 up when she faces Vandeweghe on Sunday.
Katerina Siniakova brings out the sand wedge on this set point! pic.twitter.com/dmG2QckIH8— Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 22, 2017
Aliaksandra Sasnovich struck the first blow for Belarus in Minsk, defeating Viktorija Golubic in straight sets.
The Belarus number one won 6-3 5-7 7-5 at Chizhovka Arena after serving eight aces and taking half of her 16 break-point opportunities.
Timea Bacsinszky levelled for the Swiss, getting the better of 18-year-old Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 7-5 to leave the tie well poised.