Georgina Garcia-Perez and María José Martínez Sánchez saw Spain through in dramatic fashion.
WTA Staff
February 10, 2019

KITA-KYUSHU, Japan - Georgina Garcia Perez and María José Martínez Sánchez edged Spain to a 3-2 win over Japan in their Fed Cup World Group II tie.

The pair beat Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya, 6-1, 6-3 in their deciding doubles rubber to nab themselves a place in April's World Group playoffs.

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Garcia-Perez had earlier defeated Nao Hibino 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 in the singles after Kurumi Nara had put Japan ahead after a level opening day with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

"This weekend was perfect for me," Garcia Perez told fedcup.com after her heroic weekend.

"I thought yesterday it was very important that I won my first match. I wasn’t surprised to play the doubles because I played really good this weekend and the surface suits me very well. I was very positive and really wanted to win this tie for my country.

"I’m not tired, I’m so happy — my adrenaline is very high!"


The other ties in World Group II were much more decisive - and all had one player winning two points for her country in straight-sets singles wins.

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Canada's Bianca Andreescu ended the weekend as she began it - with a comfortable straight-sets win in a singles rubber against the Netherlands.

The 18-year-old defeated Arantxa Rus 6-4, 6-2 to complete a 3-0 whitewash for her country.

Belinda Bencic did the same for Switzerland, following her 6-2, 7-5 win over Italy's Sara Errani with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of 2018 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Camila Giorgi.

And Anastasija Sevastova finished a historic victory for Latvia when she beat Rebecca Sramkova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2.