Belarus is through to the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals for the first time after defeating Netherlands 3-1 in Minsk
Belarus has broken through to the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals for the first time in its history after Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka both scored wins on the second day in Minsk.
Sasnovich set the scene for the hosts by ending Kiki Bertens' eight-match winning streak in Fed Cup singles with a 63 64 triumph to put the hosts 2-1 up.
Sasnovich had thought she had won the match in the ninth game of the second set but a bizarre sequence of events forced the match into a 19th game overall.
Serving at 63 5-3 and 40-30 up, Sasnovich won the point but the ball broke during the rally so the players had to re-play the point. Bertens proceeded to save match point (her third in a row) with a deep return of serve that clipped the baseline.
Sasnovich then served a brace of double faults to gift her opponent a lifeline in the match. But rather than let that glitch get her down, Sasnovich immediately broke to win the match and her second point of the tie.