Belinda Bencic logged her fourth career win over Italy's Sara Errani.
WTA Staff
February 9, 2019

Belinda Bencic started Switzerland off in style in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first-round match, beating Italy's Sara Errani 6-2, 7-5.

It was the fourth career win for the Swiss over her opponent, but also her country's first win in a live Fed Cup rubber in two years.

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Viktoriya Golubic followed that up with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over World No.28 Camila Giorgi, meaning Italy now face a massive challenge if they want to avoid a fourth successive Fed Cup away defeat.

Elsewhere, Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko needed two hours and 41 minutes to beat a spirited Rebecca Sramkova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-1, while her compatriot Anastasija Sevastova needed half the time to defeat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-0 and move them to a 2-0 lead in the tie.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu beat the Netherlands's Richel Hogenkamp 6-4, 6-1 in 's-Hertogenbosch, getting the visitors off to the perfect start, before Francoise Abanda doubled the lead with her 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-4 win over Arantxa Rus.

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Spain and Japan are level at one match apiece after Nao Hibino beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-2 in the first singles match, and then Georgina Garcia Perez equalled things up with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) defeat of Misaki Doi.