CoCo Vandeweghe wins, Sloane Stephens loses as US, Belarus tied

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

The Fed Cup title caps off a stellar year for the 25-year-old in which she made semifinals appearances at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. "I'm ready for a vacation". The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich came from behind to beat U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6 6-1 8-6 and draw Belarus level at 2-2 with the United States in the Fed Cup final on Sunday, forcing a deciding doubles encounter.

Team USA celebrates in Minsk, Belarus after their first Fed Cup title in 17 years. "This was a very tough match". The the most successful team in the history of the cup, with 18 titles and 11 runner-up finishes. This was its fourth Fed Cup final since last winning in 2000.

In a tense conclusion, the hosts broke Rogers again but the American pair would not buckle despite the intense atmosphere of a Minsk crowd desperate to see a first home Fed Cup triumph.

"We are really satisfied we gained this result", Belarus captain Eduard Dubrou said.

Stephens' latest defeat means she has not won a singles match since claiming the U.S. Open title on September 9.

"I had a great time out there", Vandeweghe said. World's number 10 Vandeweghe won, 6-4, 6-4, in one hour 27 minutes her first ever meeting with the 23-year-old Sasnovich. The match between Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens of US continues Saturday's schedule.

Stephens served for the match against Sasnovich at 5-3 in the third set, but was unable to clinch the title for the United States.

The Belarusian in turn failed close out the match on her own serve, allowing Stephens to level at 6-6, before sealing the win by taking the next two games.

"I knew if I just kept giving myself opportunities and getting my nose in front in her service games I'd keep getting opportunities and she'd eventually break down".

Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker 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 victor.

In the second set, Vandeweghe lost serve in the second and eighth games but broke serve on three of four offerings to secure the match. "I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do". So you just got to recover and keep fighting.

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