Women’s tennis action continues in Cincinnati with action against Russia and Canada

The United States-Russia women’s tennis rivalry continues with a meeting on Friday in the Billie Jean King Cup. The contest pits the winner of the Great Britain-Switzerland match against the winner of the Czech Republic-Brazil encounter.

Elsewhere, Spain and Germany meet for the first time since the 2014 World Team Tennis semifinal, which Germany won. After some lackluster displays from their respective sides, Spanish and German players may be hoping for a lively match in Cincinnati, where both have aspirations of making the Grand Slam final.

Canada, along with Japan, is the only team from the Group A that is yet to face its opponents from Group B in the group stage, and both have already qualified for the quarterfinals. Japan comfortably defeated Russia on Monday, and they will be hopeful that they can extend their winning streak to six games. The Blue Nets have had an outstanding summer so far, winning four of their five matches. In Sunday’s main event, Canada will be eager to top the hat-trick, while Japan will be looking to snap their national losing streak against Canada.

The day’s other match will have World No. 6 Angelique Kerber versus eighth-ranked Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka won the first meeting of the two players, but Kerber triumphed when they met in the Australian Open final last year.

On Saturday, the U.S. team, which includes Serena Williams, will take on either either France or Italy, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s semi-finals.

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