Alexandra KashirinaAll materialsWrite to the authorThe tournament was previously known as the Fed Cup before renamed last year in honor of the former World No. 1, American tennis player Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles tournaments in her career, including six wins at Wimbledon.The Russian women’s tennis team has won the Billie Jean King Cup, defeating the Swiss team in the final tournament, held in Prague on Saturday.The Russians won both single events 2-0, making the doubles match irrelevant to the outcome of the tournament. In the first game of the day, Daria Kasatkina defeated Jill Teichmann by a score of 6:2, 6:4. The second match ended with 3:6, 6:3, 6:4 score as Lyudmila Samsonova beat Belinda Benchich.The Russian team, led by coaches Igor Andreev and Igor Kunitsyn, also included Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Veronika Kudermetova and Ekaterina Aleksandrova. This is the fifth time the Russian women’s tennis team has won the cup, previously earning the title in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008.
Initially, the Billie Jean King Cup was supposed to be held in April 2020 in Hungary, but was postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.