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Storm Hunter wins at Billie Jean King Cup despite quick turnaround

Posted : 08 November 2023
Despite a quick turnaround from the WTA Finals in Cancun, Australia's Storm Hunter secured her first victory at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Seville. Arriving in Spain just hours before the match and without her luggage, Hunter teamed up with Kimberly Birrell to defeat Slovenia's Veronika Erjavec and Ela Milic 7-5, 6-7(2), 10-5. The Australian duo earned a point for their team in Group B. However, Slovenia won the overall tie, with Kaja Juvan and Tamara Zidansek prevailing in their singles matches.
Hunter, the world No. 1 women's doubles player, emphasized her pride in representing her country despite the challenges. She remarked, "It's been a busy 24 hours. Obviously as soon as I finished in Cancun, tried to get here as soon as I could, ended up landing at 8:30 this morning. My bags didn't arrive, so that made it a bit tricky, but I had some racquets on me and was prepared to play today."
In Group A, the Czech Republic secured a dominant victory over Switzerland, winning all three of their matches. Linda Noskova overcame Celine Naef in a hard-fought battle, while Marie Bouzkova triumphed in straight sets against Viktorija Golubic. The Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova swept the doubles encounter, defeating Golubic and Jil Teichmann.
The scheduling of the WTA Finals and Billie Jean King Cup Finals has been a source of tension, resulting in some players missing the latter tournament. Billie Jean King, for whom the tournament is named, suggested that the scheduling issues lie with the WTA, stating, "I think you should ask the WTA – they're the ones that put their date in a few weeks [ago]." Competition in the Billie Jean King Cup continues with Spain facing Canada in Group C and France taking on Italy in Group D.


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