MINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Sunday to give the United States a 2-1 lead over Belarus in the Fed Cup final.
Sabalenka had an opportunity to take an early lead in the match when up 5-4 but she failed to take advantage of a set point on Vandeweghe’s serve in the tenth game.
In the tiebreaker, Sabalenka led 4-1, but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a winner.
Vandeweghe then jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Sabalenka won her only game of the second set.
“I know she was going to keep swinging,” Vandeweghe said. “I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do. I just kept the pressure on.”
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