Simona Halep Survives To Give Romania a 2-1 Lead in Fed Cup 2019

April 21, 2019 8:14 pm

The Australian women reserved their spot in the Fed Cup 2019 finals after 26 years with Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur convincingly taking out of the Belarusian duo, Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory in Brisbane. They will face France or Romania in the finals of the tennis World Cup, which is the Fed Cup 2019. 

In the other part of the world, the Frenchwomen took on the Romanians in Kindarena, Rouen, France. Yesterday, the Romanian number one tennis player, Simona Halep defeated Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets, but nevertheless, the French team equalized the scores to 1-1 in the Fed Cup 2019 semi-finals.

Today, Simona Halep faced the World Number 21, Carolina Garcia in the Fed Cup 2019 semifinals.  Garcia was quite dominant in the opening set. She had an astute control on her second serves and pummelled about a dozen winners more than the World Number two. With both of them brawling and breaking each other thrice in the opening set, the set was pushed into the tiebreaker and Garcia gripped it by clinching the tiebreaker.

Fed Cup 2019 (Photo: Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT)

The second set was edgy as the European women exchanged breaks and later in the set Halep took a 5-3 lead with an inside-in forehand winner and in the following game, the Romanian served out the set on the third set point.

In the third set, Garcia failed to convert the three break points and Halep took advantage of the single break point that she faced and converted it to receive a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory and gave her country a 2-1 lead in the Fed Cup 2019.

Johanna Konta

In London, Johanna Konta scrambled to win over the Kazakh, Yulia Putintseva in the World Group II play-off. Her victory gave Great Britain a 2-1 lead over Kazakhstan.

“I mean, we were all in it together, weren’t we? As a young athlete. trying to make it in your sport, you can only dream of this sort of thing. it is a dream come true. It was a hell of a match. I try to look at it in as cool a head as possible. Sometimes you have to accept your opponent will do difficult things which mean you lose points and games, but I tried to look at the good things I was doing. One point at a time, I trusted I would get an opportunity,” the British number one said after her sensational fight against the Kazakh player. 

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