Billie Jean King Cup: Argentina fought, but could not with Kazakhstan


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Billie Jean King Cup: Argentina fought, but could not with Kazakhstan

Very little was missing. The Argentine women’s tennis team, which fought to the end, fell to Kazakhstan 3-2 in Córdoba and, in this way, he failed to qualify for World Group II of the Billie Jean King Cup.

The series, which had started on Friday with the first two singles meetings, was tied 1-1. On the second day, Nadia Podoroska (45th) jumped onto the track to face Elena Rybakina (23rd) looking to overtake Argentina on the scoreboard. Anyway, it could not be for Rosario, who fell 6-4 and 6-4 against a solid and experienced rival.

In anticipation of how the fourth duel of the series would take place, Lourdes Carlé (430th) showed once again why she wants to get to the top of national tennis. The one born in Daireaux and trained by Franco Davin, again paired the series with a huge victory against Yulia Putintseva (30th): after a difficult start, he reversed a set against and won 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) and left the kazaja due to injury, which at the beginning of the third set had to take out from below for his physical discomfort.

Argentina thus reached the doubles and deciding match with an ambivalent feeling: On the one hand, Podoroska who could not find her best version, the one that was able to shine at Roland Garros last year to reach the semifinals; on the other, Carlé, as a young revelation and symbol of hope. Both would be the protagonists of the fifth point.

From the beginning, Anna Danilina and Yaroslava Shvedova were overwhelming and took the first set in a convincing way. In the second set, Podoroska and Carlé clearly raised their level and were willing to fight until the end.

The Córdoba Lawn Tennis Club was, for almost an hour and a half of play, the scene of great tennis that left the victory in the hands of Kazakhstan 6-0 and 7-5 to secure a place in World Group II, the instance prior to the Finals, where the best countries in the world compete. With this defeat, Argentina will have to play Group I of the American Zone next year.


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