Romania pulls out the Czech champions and goes to the semifinals with Belarus, France and Australia

Romania won the Czech Republic (2-3) and went into the semifinals with Belarus, which beat Germany (0-4), France, which beat Belgium (1-3), and Australia, which could beat the USA ( 2-3).


Rumanía beat the Czech Republic, gave the surprise of the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup and reached the semifinals with Belarus, which beat Germany (0-4), France, which won Belgium (1-3), and Australia, who could with the United States (2-3) , in all cases at home.

The fight was frenetic in the Ostravar Arena, where the Czech Republic and Romania fought until the last match to settle the contest. With 1-1 at the end of the first day, the duel between the first two players was almost decisive, and Simona Halep, three of the world, beat Karolina Pliskova in an epic encounter by 6-4, 5-7 and 6- 4, in two hours and 37 minutes, to overtake Romania 2-1. But then, Katerina Siniakova defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu, 6-4 and 6-2 to level the contest while waiting for the final double. No was dismayed by the Romanian team, who managed to round off the feat of the hand of Monica Niculescu and Irina Camelia Begu, who beat Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova by 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 6-4) to seal the move to the semifinals and frustrates the champion, eliminated in the first round for the first time in eleven years.

In the Volkswagen Halle in Braunschweig, Aryna Sabalenka secured the Belarusian victory against Laura Siegemund in one hour and 19 minutes to close the match with a 6-1 6-1, a day after beating Andrea Petkovic, and after Aliaksandra Sasnovich's victory over Tatjana Maria. The three individual victories, without conceding a single set. Germany could not even win the point of honor in the double, with triumph of Victoria Azarenka-Lidziya Marozava, on Mona Barthel-Anna-Lena Groenefeld. The victory of Belarus meant a sweet revenge, a year after falling in Misnk before the same rival. For the semifinals of the 20 and 21 April, Belorrusia will have to travel now to Australia, who could with the United States in a tie that was decided at double point, after Asleigh Barty swept Madison Keys (6-4, 6-1) and Danielle Collins gave the locals hope by defeating Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 . Barty, consummate doubles specialist and now top singles player, paired with Priscilla Hon to give the victory to Australia by 6-4 and 7-5 against the Americans Collins and Nicole Melichar.

In Liège, France made its way to the semifinals for the fourth time in five years when Caroline Garcia scored 3-0, thanks to her victory against Elise Mertens 6-2 and 6-3. The first day had also ended with a 2-0 gala victory and the team's number one Julien Benneteau, who had won Friday's first match against Alison van Uytvanck, did not miss the last day either. The Belgians added the point of honor to win the double, Ysaline Bonaventure-Kirsten Flipkens to Fiona Ferro-Pauline Parmentier, 6-3, 3-6 and 10-6. France will face Romania at home.

Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and the USA will have to dispute their stay in the elite against a rival of the World Group II (Spain, Switzerland, Latvia or Canada) to be announced on Tuesday 12th. February at the draw to be held in London at 12:00 (GMT) .



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