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BJK Cup Finals: GB beat Spain to book SF spot


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Glasgow: Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls completed a remarkable day of tennis in Glasgow, sealing a third straight-set victory over Spain to book Great Britain’s place in the semifinals of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals for the first time since 1981.

Heather Watson sparked Team GB’s upset hopes by routing Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-0, 6-2 in the opening rubber on Thursday night.

Harriet Dart then earned the biggest upset of the day, defeating Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-4 to win the tie for Great Britain.

The victory was Dart’s third Top 20 win of 2022 after beating Elina Svitolina at Indian Wells and Daria Kasatkina at the US Open.

Great Britain will face Australia for a spot in the final. Led by Ajla Tomljanovic, the Australians defeated Belgium to win Group B and advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

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