Fed Cup: Romania beat holders Czech Republic to reach first semi-final

Romania reached their initial Fed Cup Globe Group semi-final with a thrilling 3-2 win over protecting champions and also hosts the Czech Republic in Ostrava.

With the tie level at 1-1 after the first day, Simona Halep got the better of fellow previous world leading Karolina Pliskova to put Romania 2-1 up.

Katerina Siniakova then beat Mihaela Buzarnescu to set up the decider.

And Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu beat Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova to secure success.

The Romanian pair recuperated from shedding the opening set to win 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 in a match that lasted just under three hrs.

French Open champ Halep, that has sworn to win an initial Fed Cup for her nation prior to she retires, had actually dug deep to beat Pliskova 6-4 5-7 6-4 prior to Siniakova ran out a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victor over Buzarnescu.

Siniakova as well as Krejcikova, the Wimbledon champs and the leading 2 gamers in the increases positions, were looking to provide the Czech Republic a 12th consecutive home win in the competitors, which they have won six times given that 2011.

They looked on track when they took the opening collection however Begu as well as Niculescu damaged early in the second set and went on to level the match.

A nervy third set saw three breaks of serve in a row at the beginning leaving the Romanian pair 3-1 up.

Siniakova as well as Krejcikova broke back to make it 4-4 and also the energy seemed to be with them prior to Begu as well as Niculescu held their nerve for a popular win.

Also through to the semi-finals are France and Belarus.

France led 2-0 after Saturday’s play and also Caroline Garcia, back in the French team for the first time in 2 years after a falling-out with team-mates, sealed the win thanks to a 6-2 6-3 success over Elise Mertens, prior to Belgium got a factor on the board thanks to a win in the doubles for Ysaline Bonaventure as well as Kirsten Flipkens, that beat Pauline Parmentier and also Fiona Ferro 10-6 in a third-set tie-break.

Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich directed Belarus to a 4-0 victory over Germany. Both both won on the first day while Sabalenka made certain of a semi-final spot with a comfortable 6-1 6-1 success over Laura Siegemund.

Victoria Azarenka and Lidziya Marozava completed the rout by beating Mona Barthel and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in their doubles suit.

The final quarter-final, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Priscilla Hon defeated Danielle Collins as well as Nicole Melichar of the USA 6-4 7-5 in the determining increases suit, to establish a house tie versus Belarus.

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