United States and Italy play United Cup final


The United States and Italy qualified for the final of the United Cup on Saturday, the new mixed country competition of the ATP and the WTA in Australia. The US defeated Poland in the semi-finals in Sydney 5-0, Italy beat Greece 4-1.


After Friday’s two singles matches, in which Jessica Pegula (WTA 3) trumped the Polish number 1 in the world Iga Swiatek and Frances Tiafoe (ATP 19) had no trouble with Kacper Zuk (ATP 245), the US was ahead 2-0 . Team USA continued that line on Saturday. Taylor Fritz (ATP 9) defeated Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 10) in two hard-fought sets (twice 7-6 (7/5)) and Madison Keys (WTA 11) put Magda Linette (WTA 48) over the knee (6-4 and 6-2). In mixed doubles, Pegula and Fritz completed American dominance against Alicja Rosolska and Lukasz Kubot (6-7 (5/7), 6-4 and 10/6).

Italy had a double lead after Friday’s duels after victories by Martina Trevisan (WTA 27), against the Greek spearhead Maria Sakkari (WTA 6), and Lorenzo Musetti (ATP 23), against Stefanos Sakellaridis (ATP 803). With a victory in three sets (4-6, 7-6 (7/2) and 6-4) against Matteo Berrettini (ATP 16), the Greek top player Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 4) brought back the tension. Lucia Bronzetti (WTA 54), however, secured the Italian final victory against Valentini Grammatikopoulou (WTA 199) in 6-2 and 6-3. In the superfluous mixed doubles, Camilla Rosatello and Andrea Vavassori recorded the 4-1 final score for Italy with a win against Grammatikopoulou and Petros Tsitsipas (6-3, 4-6 and 10/5).

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The United Cup is a new tennis competition with mixed teams. Eighteen countries took part in the group stage. Each confrontation consists of two singles matches for both men and women and one mixed doubles. Belgium did not get through the group stage after defeats against Bulgaria (2-3) and Greece (1-4). The final will follow in Sydney on Sunday.

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