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Czechs and USA BJK Jr, Brazil disputes 7th result

Czechs and USA BJK Jr, Brazil disputes 7th result

North American Tyra Grant won the opening game against Spain this Saturday

Photo: Manuel Quemadelos/IDF

Córdoba (Spain) – The United States and the Czech Republic will decide the Billie Jean King Cup Junior title played this week on the clay courts of Cordoba, Spain. In this Saturday’s semi-final, the North Americans defeated Spain 2-0, while the Czech eliminated the British.

North American success began with Tyra Grant defeating Lorena Solar 7/6 (7-5) and 6/1. At just 15 years old, Grant is ranked 21st in the youth world rankings and 761st among professionals. Next, it was Eva Jovic’s turn to beat Charo Esquia Banuls with a double 6/2. Also 15 years old, Jovic is ranked 14th in the youth world rankings and 647th in the WTA.

In the other semi-final, Laura Samsonova opened the series with a 6/4 win over Minge Xu. Later, Alena Kovackova also defeated England’s top prospect Hannah Kluckman by 6/4 in the doubles. Both Czechs are 15 years old, with Samsonova ranked No. 6 in the youth world rankings, while Kovackova is ranked No. 15.

The two finalists are the last two champions of the Billie Jean King Cup Junior. The Czechs have won five titles, the most recent in 2021, while the North Americans have won seven, including last year.

Australia overtakes Brazil
After being eliminated in the quarterfinals, Brazil continues in a playoff that determines the fifth to eighth places. This Saturday, Australia beat Brazil 2-1. Carolina Bohrer of Santa Catarina defeated Tahlia Kokinis 2/6, 6/1, 10-8. Following that, Emerson Jones, the world’s number 11 junior, defeated Rio Grande do Sul’s Pietra Rivoli 6/3, 6/1. In the doubles, the Australians finished the series 6/3 and 6/4.

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Brazil take on Sweden in seventh place this Sunday. It is already the best campaign in the country, up from fifth in 2013. A year earlier, in 2012, the trio finished third with Pia Hadad Mia, Carol Meligeni and Ingrid Martins.