Australia lose to Switzerland in Billie Jean King Cup final as title drought continues

Australia’s underdog run at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup has come to an end at the last hurdle.

After upsetting Great Britain in the semi-finals, Alicia Molik’s team were convincingly beaten 2-0 by Switzerland in the final. 

The result marks Switzerland’s first title in the Billie Jean King Cup (previously known as the Federation Cup and Fed Cup).

However, it also means Australia’s 48-year trophy drought in the competition continues.

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Switzerland got off to a winning start at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, with Jil Teichmann securing a gritty 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Storm Sanders.

Sanders – who has arguably been in career-best form throughout the tournament – fought through injury and evident weariness in the opening singles match, but fell just short after snaring the second set.

Ajla Tomljanović was unable to rescue the tie for Australia in the following match, losing 6-2 6-1 to world No. 12 Belinda Bencic.

The third match – a doubles clash featuring Sam Stosur – was not played. 

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Despite her singles ranking of 237, Sanders was critical to Australia’s unlikely run at this year’s Billie Jean King Cup.

The 28-year-old shared how exhausted she was post-match.

“It was quite emotionally and physically draining, it was a really tough match,” Sanders said.

“[Teichmann] is a really good player. She’s a lefty and really tricky.

“I literally left everything out there.”

When asked how she was tracking with injuries, Sanders explained that her body is simply facing the realities of a packed tournament.

“Just a bit of everything, to be honest,” she said.

“Just fatigue and that’s okay. It’s the last day of the season.

“It’s been a really long year for me, and it’s all stuff that’s manageable.

“That was my seventh match this week, and today was a long match and obviously a high-pressure environment.

“I’m a little bit spent today, but it was a lot of fun. I gave everything.”

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