Mission accomplished: Switzerland beat Australia for the Billie Jean King Cup title

Posted by Chris Uddo | TheFanChild | Sunday, November 13, 2022

Billie Jean King Cup Switzerland

Last year’s runners-up took a step forward in 2022, beating Australia to bring the BJK Cup to Switzerland for the first time.

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Reduced to tears after a bitter loss to Russia in the finals of the Billie Jean Cup last year, there was a moment in the locker room that set the tone for an astonishing response.

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Belinda Bencic, the 2020 Olympic gold medalist and team captain on the court, received some moving words from one of the main cogs of the Swiss machine. she was Jill Tishmansending a message that resonates in the Swiss locker room for next year.

“We got to the finals last year and we were very sad,” Bencic said on court on Sunday after Switzerland won their first ever BJK Cup title with a 2-0 victory over Australia. “I don’t think I cried that much. In the locker room, [Jil] She came to me and said, “Next year we’re going to do it and we’re going to take it,” and we did, so I’m very proud. “

There was never any doubt that the Swiss would be motivated to return to the final in 2022, but the fact that they held to their promise and won the title in decisive fashion shows just how strong they are as a team, and how talented they are. We are.

“It gave us extra motivation,” Bencic said with a smile.

“We don’t bleed it, we actually love each other,” Tishman added, grinning.

Both players made tremendous contributions during the Billie Jean King Cup finals, and both saved their best for the finale.

Teichmann, who was pushed to the brink by Australian Storm Sanders in Sunday’s first rubber, never gave up as she downed Sanders 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a match that was tight until the end.

Bencic, in particular, was getting nervous watching from the sidelines while preparing for her match.

“It was nerve racking,” she said. β€œI felt like I gave a lot of energy you know in the Jill match because I was trying to push her so much, because Storm was playing incredibly well, she was throwing everything at Jill and she stayed so strong. At every point, she didn’t go far and she refused to lose and she fought with everything she had .

“I was so proud and inspired in a way and just tried to do the same.”

Teichmann went 2-0 in singles during the week, securing both victories in three tight strokes β€” a testament to her grit and agility under pressure.

Bencic went 4-0 in singles, notching wins over Jasmine Paolini, Les Fernandez, Karolina Pliskova and Ajla Tomljavić, as she won the Cup on Sunday 6-2, 6-1.

Bencic, a woman on a mission if ever there was one, won all eight of her singles sets and lost more than four matches in a set twice.

On Sunday, she needed 75 minutes to eliminate Tomljanovic, breaking six times from 12 chances and scoring 14 wins on 13 unforced errors, against seven winners and 23 unforced errors for the Australian.

Switzerland won their first Billie Jean King Cup title in their third final appearance, while Switzerland retained their seven-time ‘Women’s Tennis World Cup’ title.

Victory, in the end, has come down to a tightly knit group that has an abundance of heart, says Swiss captain Heinz Guenthart, willing to do whatever it takes to achieve victory.

“It’s hard to describe in words clearly,” said Genthart. “Not only did we win this day. This week was actually over years of trying to get better and better at it. It was so close last year; this year was better, but you’ve seen how close the points are – who knows why you’re winning something or losing something.” .

“A lot of it is about heart, and this team has a lot of heart, I tell you.”

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