2023 Billie Jean King Cup: Pegula and Goff lead the USA. Kazakhstan relies on Rybakina

Not only Slovakia and Italy, But it will be a very rich first round of the Billie Jean King Cup. The Blues will be on stage in Bratislava with the goal of once again qualifying for the Finals, which are only accessible to all winners of this preliminary round.

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A weekend that will see many stars of the women’s circuit busy. The USA is showing up with a really excellent formation against Austria. Captain Cathy Rinaldi even had Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff at her disposal, respectively ranked third and sixth in the world rankings. A pair of individual players that are hard to match with all the other national teams.

There will be no expected challenge between Elena Rybakina and Iga Swiatek, Because the number one in the world is still injured. The reigning Wimbledon champion at the recent Australian Open will try to lead Kazakhstan, with Poland who will rely entirely on Magda Linette.

After the noisy elimination of the last edition by Italy, France can do no wrong with Britain And the national cross-alpine team bets everything on Caroline Garcia, who is fifth in the WTA rankings. The French are widely favored, but watch out for British singles players Dart and Poulter who can also present some upsets.

Spain will have no problems at home against Mexico, while the Czech Republic, led by Barbora Krejkova, will play on neutral ground in Antalya against Ukraine. Germany starts as favorites against Brazil and also against Canada against Belgium but it could also be matches that will be decided in the decisive doubles match.

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Program of the first round BJK Cup 2023

Spain – Mexico (Marbella, Mud)
Ukraine – Czech Republic (Antalya, Clay)
Great Britain – France (Coventry, solid indoor)
Canada – Belgium (Vancouver, hard interior)
United States – Austria (Delray Beach, outdoor concrete)
Slovakia – Italy (Bratislava, solid interior)
Germany – Brazil (Stuttgart, Clay)
Kazakhstan – Poland (Astana, indoor hard buildings)
Slovenia – Romania (cooper, clay)

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