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Live at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals

Victoria Chiesa | November 11, 2022


GLASGOW, Scotland -- Welcome to Live at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, usta.com's official live blog chronicling the U.S.'s quest for a record-extending 19th Billie Jean King Cup title live from Glasgow, Scotland. U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi and a squad of of Danielle Collins, Coco Gauff, Madison Keys, Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend will compete at Glasgow's Emeriates Arena this week bidding to be crowned world champions.

 

Glasgow at a Glance

One of 12 nations to reach the Finals stage, the U.S. and its fellow competitors begin their campaigns in pool play. The dozen nations in Glasgow were drawn into four round-robin groups of three nations, and each nation is gauranateed two group stage ties comprised of two singles and one doubles match. The winner of each group will advance to the weekend, with the semifinals slated for Saturday and the final to close out the event on Sunday.

 

The U.S. sits in Group D with Poland and the Czech Republic.

The U.S.'s draw for the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

The U.S. defeated Poland on Wednesday, Nov. 9, thanks to a clinching performance by Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in doubles. The Czech Republic also defeated Poland on Thursday, setting up a winner-take-all match between the Americans and Czechs on Friday, Nov. 11, not before 4:30 p.m. local time.

 

The group winner will advance to Saturday's semifinals, which will be a meeting with the winner of Group A (Canada, Italy or Switzerland) for a spot in the final. 

 

More from Glasgow

Danielle Collins coming 'full circle' in latest BJK Cup selection

Recap: Gauff, McNally reunite to lead U.S. past Poland

U.S. legends featured in Billie Jean King Cup Finals photo exhibit

'I didn't expect to be here': Taylor Townsend grateful for Billie Jean King Cup return

Caty McNally replaces Jessica Pegula at 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals

By the numbers: 2022 U.S. Billie Jean King Cup Finals team

'One at a time': U.S. readies for 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals campaign

 

Where to Watch Back Home

Tennis Channel will provide complete live coverage of the Billie Jean King Cup Finals for its duration from Nov. 8-13. The Americans' tie against Poland will air on Nov. 9, not before 11 a.m. ET; and their tie against the Czech Republic will air on Nov. 11, not before 11:30 a.m. ET.

 

Stay up-to-date with all the action in Glasgow below. Click into the match you'd like to read about below, and refresh your browser to view the latest updates. 

 

Nov. 11: U.S. vs. Czech Republic

Nov. 9: U.S. vs. Poland

 

3:38 PM: ICYMI: The line-up is in! And for the first time this week, Coco Gauff will play singles.

After arriving in Glasgow less than 48 hours prior to Wednesday's tie vs. Poland, Gauff will make her BJK Cup singles debut in today's second match vs. doubles world No. 1 Katerina Siniakova. The tie will start with a match between Danielle Collins and 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, and conclude with a doubles match between Karolina Muchova and Karolina Pliskova, and Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend. 

 

Captiains are allowed to change their doubles nominations prior to the match beginning, so might we see McCoco called into action again? Will Siniakova double up if her country needs her? These are all the questions that make Billie Jean King Cup so fascinating. 

10:00 PM: We're going home with a win. Keys and Townsend triumph in doubles 6-3, 6-3 to make it a 2-1 final in favor of the Czechs.

Townsend improves to 2-0 in her career in Billie Jean King Cup play, having last played in 2015. Playing her first doubles match in the event in eight years, Keys is now 6-6 in her career across singles and doubles.

 

9:32 PM: We'd call this one "100 emoji." Keys and Townsend take the first set, 6-3.
9:24 PM: Seven games and no breaks yet. 

The closest we came to one was in the Czechs' first service game. They saved three chances to knot the scoreboard at 1-1, and that's been it so far. 

 
8:56 PM: The players are now walking on the court for tonight's final match.

There will be no changes to the original nominations for either team: Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros together this spring, will face Karolina Muchova and Karolina Pliskova.

 
8:28 PM: Words from the winner.

SIniakova credits Gauff's fight and is thrilled that she was able to win a crucial first set. "I feel really great," she says on-court. "I was so nervous from the beginning, but in the end I played great, so I'm so happy I won."

 
8:26 PM: Siniakova soars past Gauff, and the Czechs are into the semifinals.

The break proved crucial. Siniakova finishes with a flourish: She captures the last 12 points of this match to win 7-6(2), 6-1 and put the Czech Republic in the semifinals. It's her first-ever win against Gauff in four tries. Her reward? She and her team will join Australia, Switzerland and hosts Great Britain in the last four. 

 

This tie's not yet over: Doubles will still be played to officially close out this Group D tie. 

 

8:21 PM: Is this the photo of the week so far?

We say yes. A great shot of Gauff in flight by the BJK Cup's photographer Dan Kopatsch.

Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.
8:17 PM: Siniakova strikes first in the second set. She leads, 3-1.

The first break point for either player in the second set goes Siniakova's way when Gauff misses a forehand in the doubles alley. The Czechs are just three games away from the semifinals, but can Siniakova hold on?

 
8:00 PM: Siniakova wraps up the tiebreak in short order.

After losing the first point of the tiebreak, Siniakova reels off seven straight to take the lead against Gauff after nearly an hour of play. It's the first time she's had a lead against Gauff in any of their four career matches: In their only previous three-setter, Siniakova won the middle set. 

 
7:54 PM: Indeed we will. Siniakova holds with ease and we're headed to a tiebreak.

Gauff is 9-6 in tiebreaks this year. Siniakova is 4-2 and has won her last four.

 
7:50 PM: Might we get the first-ever tiebreak between these two?

They've traded breaks twice, and Gauff now leads 6-5 on serve.

7:34 PM: The kind of tennis you'd expect from the current doubles No. 1 against a former doubles No. 1. 
7:22 PM: Another break for Siniakova, and she's back in front 3-2.

DYK: She's bidding to win just her second set against Gauff all-time.

7:15 PM: Off and running in rubber #2.

Siniakova and Gauff trade breaks to start the match, and Gauff holds to lead 2-1 at the first official changeover. 

 

6:41 PM: It's 1-0 for the Czechs. Vondrousova wins, 6-3, 6-3. 

That was an impressive performance from the 2019 Roland Garros finalist in the first high-level test from her latest return from injury: The Billie Jean King Cup is just her third tournament since April after another surgery for a recurring wrist problem.

 

"I didn't play for quite a long time, and I'm just very happy to be out there and play some good matches," Vondrousova says on-court in victory. "I love to play for my country ... I'm just really grateful to be here. It's amazing. ... I'm just very happy to be back."

 

Up next: Gauff vs. Siniakova. Gauff must win to keep the U.S. in it and force a deciding doubles rubber.

 

6:35 PM: Collins has a glimpse. Vondrousova shuts the door. 

For the first time in the second set, Collins wins a point on Vondrousova's serve. It was two, in fact, to lead 0-30. But she got no further. Vondrousova is one game away from wrapping up the first rubber of this winner-take-all tie.

 

6:28 PM: Collins is on the board, but Vondrousova still leads 6-3, 4-1.

Collins saves a break point for 4-0 in that game to get on the board, but she hasn't come close to that on Vondrousova's serve. The lefty's won all 12 points on it so far to stretch her lead. 

 
6:24 PM: Make it eight. Vondrousova leads 6-3, 3-0 at the first changeover in the second set. 

The Czech has also won 12 of the first 13 points.

6:11 PM: It's five games in a row for Vondrousova. The Czechs are now in front by a set.

After getting beaten by Collins' pace off the ground in the early games, Vondrousova's guile and wily court-craft have come out to play.

 

One of the hallmarks of the the Czech's game is her ability to vary the height and spin on the ball, and open up angles on the court with her left-handed forehand. She's done both to great effect since going down 3-1: She's been frustrating Collins into errors with her defense, or forcing her into net only to pass her down-the-line. 

 

Collins will have to rally for a three-set win in this one—her second this week and fourth in her career in Billie Jean King Cup—if she wants to keep her unbeaten run in singles matches in this competition alive.

 

STAT CHECK

Winners: Vondrousova (8) - Collins (14)

Unforced Errors: Vondrousova (8) - Collins (20)

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for LTA.
5:54 PM: Two games, two breaks. 

In a staggering eight-deuce game, where Vondrousova had five game points, Collins converts on her fourth break point to lead 3-1. Most notably, a lucky net cord kept Collins in it: On Vondrousova's last game point, Collins' return rocketed off the net and fell over to Vondrousova's side.

 

However, the lead is short-lived: A missed forehand long at 15-15 and a double fault gives Vondrousova her first two break points of the match, and she only needs one: A Collins backhand finds the net, and we're back on serve. 

 

5:37 PM: Two Grand Slam finalists are facing off in this one, and world-class shot-making has already come out.

Collins leads 2-1 on serve at the first changeover.

5:32 PM: Nothing quite like playing for your country.
5:25 PM: Walk-ons? Check. Anthems? Check. Warm-up? Nearly there.

Collins and Vondrousova are trading their final serves and we're nearly ready to begin here in Glasgow. The Czech Republic won the coin toss, and Collins will start the match serving. 

 
4:45 PM: Canada wins the dead doubles tie, but the Swiss are still headed to the semifinals after a 2-1 win.

The U.S. and the Czech Republic are coming up next on Centre Court at Emirates Arena. First ball will likely come about 30 minutes from now. Grab a snack, settle in, and tune in to Tennis Channel to watch all the action live! 

 
4:35 PM: Meanwhile, Gauff owns a perfect record against Siniakova. 
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.

Gauff is 3-0 against Siniakova in her career, having beaten her once in each of the last three years. Two of those matches came in straight sets.

 

Gauff vs. Siniakova - All-Time H2H

2020 Ostrava R1: Gauff def. Siniakova 7-5, 6-4 (indoor hard)

2021 Parma SF: Gauff defeat Siniakova 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 (clay)

2022 Adelaide R1: Gauff def. Siniakova 6-1, 6-2 (outdoor hard)

 

Their equalizer today is BJK Cup Cup experience. Siniakova has won four of the six BJK Cup singles matches she's played in her career, including two during the 2018 final, when she defeated Alison Riske-Amritraj and Sofia Kenin to win the Czechs the title.

4:15 PM: Collins is putting her undefeated record in BJK Cup matches on the line this afternoon.

Collins is 5-0 in her career in Billie Jean King Cup matches, including a thrilling win on Wednesday.

 

To keep that streak alive, she'll have to beat Vondrousova for the first time.

 

The oft-injured Czech left-hander just returned from another layoff as the result of surgery; the Billie Jean King Cup is just her third tournament played since April. But last week at the ITF W100 in Shrewsbury in both singles and doubles, so don't let the former Top 15 player's current ranking of No. 99 fool you. 

 

She's beaten Collins in both of their previous matches, including in February in Dubai (though Collins retired from that match in the second set.) But this is Billie Jean King Cup, an event where Collins says she's always been able to find her best tennis. 

Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.

“These weeks are really special for me coming from college tennis, because I had so many great memories playing on a team and and now being able to create new memories with a lot of the girls that I've known for so long … It's just it's so surreal being out here and being with people that I've known forever. This is really a special week for all of us.”

 

Click here to read more about why Collins feels like this week in particular is a "full circle" experience

 
3:38 PM: The line-up is in! For the first time this week, Gauff will play singles. 

After arriving in Glasgow less than 48 hours before Wednesday's tie vs. Poland, Gauff will make her long-awaited BJK Cup debut today vs. doubles world No. 1 Katerina Siniakova. That'll come after the first match, which will see Collins take on 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova.

 

As a reminder, the doubles nominations can change prior to the match beginning. Will we see the return of McCoco after their clinching performance on Wednesday? Might Czech captain Petr Pala call on Siniakova to double up if needed? Those questions are precisely what makes Billie Jean King Cup interesting.

 

3:30 PM: ICYMI: Here's what happened on Wednesday.

The U.S. and the Czechs are both 1-0 in the group after victories over Poland. The Americans' win came on Wednesday thanks to the efforts of Danielle Collins and the doubles team of Coco Gauff and Caty McNally. The tie ended shortly after 12:30 a.m. local time, so let's just say that yesterday's off-day from a match was well-earned for the players and staff alike. 

 

Miss any of the action? Click the arrow next to the match below to read through what you missed, and click here to read our match recap.

 

3:15 PM: Welcome back to Glasgow!

Anyone for (more) tennis? We're back live at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the U.S. team's second Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals round-robin tie vs. the Czech Republic. It's a big one: The winner of this tie will advance to tomorrow's semifinals against Switzerland. 

 

That update's hot off the press for you, dear reader, as the Swiss have just clinched victory over Canada to assure themselves the top spot in Group A. Viktorija Golubic defeated Bianca Andreescu, and Belinda Bencic clinched the tie with a straight-sets win over Leylah Fernandez. The Swiss and Canadians will next play a doubles rubber, and once that concludes, there will be a 30-minute (or thereabouts) break before the U.S. and the Czechs take the court. 

 

U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi has up until an hour before the scheduled start of the tie (which was 4:30 p.m., but will likely be a little later due to the length of this first tie) to decided her line-up. So stay tuned: We've got plenty of updates to come. 

3:38 PM: ICYMI: The line-up is in! And for the first time this week, Coco Gauff will play singles.

After arriving in Glasgow less than 48 hours prior to Wednesday's tie vs. Poland, Gauff will make her BJK Cup singles debut in today's second match vs. doubles world No. 1 Katerina Siniakova. The tie will start with a match between Danielle Collins and 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, and conclude with a doubles match between Karolina Muchova and Karolina Pliskova, and Madison Keys and Taylor Townsend. 

 

Captiains are allowed to change their doubles nominations prior to the match beginning, so might we see McCoco called into action again? Will Siniakova double up if her country needs her? These are all the questions that make Billie Jean King Cup so fascinating. 

12:37 AM: "We back, and hotter than ever." Gauff put it best: In just 47 minutes, she and McNally clinch a 2-1 win for the U.S. with a 6-1, 6-2 final.

It was as dominant as it looked: In 15 games, they lost just 26 points.

 

12:23 AM: Reunited and it feels so good. McCoco are flying through this match: 6-1, 4-1 in just 36 minutes.
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.
12:13 AM: Back like they never left. Gauff and McNally are one set away from giving the U.S. a big win.
12:01 AM: It's officially Thursday in Glasgow, and McCoco are on the night shift.

Losing just five points in the first five games, they open up a quick 5-0 lead.

 
11:17 PM: The deciding rubber will, in fact, see changes for both sides. 

#McCoco is back, folks. Coco Gauff substitutes in for Townsend, and Linette will pull double duty: Fresh off her equalizing win, she'll be back out there with Rosolska in lieu of Kawa.

 
11:09 PM: The winning moment. Linette improves her Billie Jean King Cup singles record to 11-8.

She ties Aleksandra Olsza for third place on the country's all-time singles wins list in this competition.

Anyone for deciding doubles? The nominated pairs were Taylor Townsend and Caty McNally, and Katarzyna Kawa and Alicja Rosolska. However, the captains can change their nominations for doubles prior to the match beginning. Might we see a reuning for #McCoco? Or will U.S captain Kathy Rinaldi stick with the US Open finalists? Let's wait and see.

 

Players will walk on court at 11:34 PM per the referee's office. 

 
11:05 PM: We're all square. Linette defeats Keys 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. [1-1 USA-POL]

Dogged determination from Linette sees her win this one in 2 hours, 4 minutes and send this tie to a third and deciding doubles match. She won the last four games, and she did it with heart: Three of the four extended past deuce, and she wrapped up victory with her fifth break of Keys' serve in the match overall. 

 
11:00 PM: Remember this guy? From before? File this one under "How it started --> How it ended."
10:53 PM: Up, and down, and up again.

Keys and Linette traded breaks of serve and holds to start the decider. But, a crucial break point saved at 2-2 seems to have given the Polish player the momentum for now: She breaks Keys, in a game the American led 40-15, for a 4-2 lead.

 
10:23 PM: How's that for a comeback? Keys takes the second set.

After taking the lead, Keys never looks back: She takes the second set, 6-4. 

 

She lost just eight points in her four service games after breaking Linette en route to knotting this match.

 

STAT CHECK

First Serve %: Keys (71%) - Linette (62%)

First Serve Points Won: Keys (67%) - Linette (70%)

Winners: Keys (29) - Linette (12)

Unforced Errors: Keys (38) - Linette (14)

Fastest First Serve: Keys (117 mph) - Linette (109 mph)

 

A reminder: If Keys wins this match, the U.S. will win the overall Group D tie. If Linette wins, the doubles match will decide who wins. 

Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.
10:02 PM: Keys breaks for a 2-1 lead in set two. Please enjoy this shot-making while we're on a changeover.
9:42 PM: Linette takes the first set against Keys, 6-4.

The Pole had a strong start and a strong finish. Though Keys leveled the set from an early 4-1 deficit, Linette won eight of the last nine points to take the lead. Keys triumphed in straight sets when the pair met last month at the WTA 1000 in Mexico. 

 

9:14 PM: Linette races out of the gates in a must-win rubber for Poland's hopes.

She holds at love to start the match, and wins two marathon games—one on Keys' serve, the other on her own—to lead 3-0. Keys had two game points for 1-1 before losing serve, and Linette also saved a break point en route to holding for 3-0.

 
8:52 PM: Ready for Round 2? Or, uh ... Rubber #2? 

We certainly are! That was a quick Keys and Linette are already on court for tonight's second match. You have just enough time to grab a snack before heading back on your couch with your TV or laptop tuned to Tennis Channel or Tennis Channel Plus. 

 
8:42 PM: Words from the winner.

"I'm relieved that I got to the finish line there, obviously not playing my best tennis there at times. So [it's] a little bit challenging when you're dealing with that when you're playing on a team, because you want to win for your team so badly and do the best that you can.

 

"I just felt like I was falling short a lot of that match and just not playing at my normal level. I just had to be patient and try to give myself enough rhythm and make adjustments as much as I could, and just stay in it and fight.

 

"My opponent played really well and she was getting a lot of balls back, running a lot of balls down, hitting really great serves. I think that's been an area of a big improvement for her this year. She was hitting some really high-level serves, so I had to try to get my returns in, and just never give up. So that's all I kept telling myself, 'Don't give up.'"

 
8:39 PM: Next to "Clutch" in the dictionary, you'll find this clip. 
8:30 PM: GAME, SET AND MATCH - USA. Collins wins it, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2). [1-0 USA]

Another mini-break is all Collins needs. She slams the door with two aces to close out victory in 2 hours, 9 minutes. The U.S. leads the tie, 1-0. 

 

"She fought so hard and made life awkward for Collins," the commentator says, and that was true. But Collins rose to the challenge: She hit 47 winners in victory to 45 unforced errors, and eight aces. She's still undefeated in Billie Jean King Cup singles matches at 5-0. 

 
8:28 PM: At the first change of ends, it's Collins who leads 4-2. 

The tiebreak's been a microcosm of the match so far. Collins won the first three points, and Frech the next two. But a blistering forehand winner off the return at Frech's feet gives Collins the mini-break back. 

 

8:26 PM: It all comes down to this. Frech holds, and we're at 6-all in the final set.

Collins is 5-3 in eight tiebreak sets played this year. Frech is 10-8.

 

8:22 PM: The best cheer squad in the game has this one on lock.
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.

(Pushed again to deuce, Collins holds for 6-5.)

 
8:11 PM: Once again, Collins finds her best with her back against the wall.
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.

Struggling a little bit for consistency in this match, Collins has found the winners when it's mattered.

 

From 40-15 ahead, she's pushed back to deuce three times in a critical 4-4 game, with Frech showing off world-class wheels and defense to keep herself in rallies. But Collins swats away another break point at 4-4 with a forehand winner and holds.

 

With 1 hour, 42 minutes on the match clock, Collins finds herself a game away from victory at 6-4, 3-6, 5-4. 

 

A reminder: This is the first match of three scheduled tonight in this tie. Looking ahead, Madison Keys will take on Magda Linette next, and then Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend will play doubles against Katarzyna Kawa and Alicja Rosolska in the third and final rubber. (Though the doubles nomination could change.)

7:50 PM: What a hold! Might that be the spark Collins needs?

After breaking back for 2-2, Collins says she's not about fall behind again. From 0-40 down, the American finds her best tennis, and flirts with the lines, to pull one back. 

 
7:43 PM: Frech breaks first to lead 2-1.

After getting out of her opening service game despite two double faults, Collins' third of the set comes at a crucial time: on break point. Poland moves ahead early on.

 
7:35 PM: Back on track. Two forehand winners helps Collins hold to start the final set.

Collins has played eight three-setters this year, but she's lost her last five after starting 3-0. In Billie Jean King Cup play, though, she shines in these moments: She's 2-0 in BJK three-setters all-time.

 
7:31 PM: That one changed course quickly. Frech speeds through two straight games, and we're headed to a final set. 

After not serving an ace in the opening set, Frech's serve came to play in the second set. She hammered seven aces to help her cause, including two back-to-back to knot this match. 

 

It's been a long day at Emirates Arena already; might we be in for a long night? (Thankfully, we've heard good things about the Glasgow coffee.)

 
7:26 PM: A traveling fan club. We love to see it. 10/10 on this effort, no notes.
7:23 PM: Serve's the word out here. 

Not one sniff of a break for either player since the last time we updated you. Frech leads 4-3 in the second set. DYK: Poland's No. 2 player in this tie, Frech is 9-3 in her career in Billie Jean King Cup play? Collins is looking to win her fifth straight singles match, but Frech is looking to win her sixth in a row dating back to 2018.

 
7:11 PM: Frech saves a break point to keep the second set on serve at 2-1.

The second set won't unfold the same way as the first. Collins took the lead for good by breaking at 1-1 in the opener, but Frech stands tall this time around.

 

6:57 PM: As they say around here - 'Easy as you like.' Collins pockets the opening set, 6-4.

Once Collins got going, there was little Frech could do to stop her: Despite only landing 38% of her first serves, Collins totaled 14 winners to Frech's six, and won every point played (10/10) when she got her first serve in.

 
6:53 PM: After this next change of ends, Collins will step up to serve for the set at 5-4. 

After getting broken in her first service game, Collins dropped just four points in her next three. 

 
6:46 PM: Spotted: A legend in the house. Under BJK's wachful eye, Collins now leads 4-3. 
6:38 PM: There's the "Come on!" we know so well. 

With a staggering 11th winner already—a fifth from her backhand—Collins is back in front. She breaks again to lead 3-2. 

 
6:31 PM: Undaunted, Frech breaks back and holds. 

There are 102 places in the WTA rankings between these two players, but Frech responds well to dropping serve to open the match. She benefits from a few unforced errors by Collins to break back, and holds her serve to lead 2-1 at the first change of ends.

 
6:28 PM: "Alexa, show me 'Squad goals'?
6:23 PM: No better way to get started: Collins breaks to 15 to open the match. 

The reigning Australian Open finalist starts hot: Two clean winners, and a backhand that was as good as a third,  help her break to open the match. 

 
6:19 PM: The teams have been introduced, the anthems have been played and we’re ready for play.

Collins and Frech have concluded their warm-up, and nearly two-and-a-half hours after we expected to get started today, we’re ready for play. Frech will serve first.

 

5:34 PM: Put it in the books! Switzerland sweeps, and the U.S. is up next.

There will be about 30 minutes in between sessions. The U.S. and Poland should be on court shortly after 6 p.m. local time. 

 
5:15 PM: We know you're waiting for the U.S. squad. Good news! We're getting closer.

The Swiss pair of Bencic and Teichmann take the first set from the Italians, Paolini and Trevisan, in a tiebreak. Doubles matches at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals are played with no-ad scoring, and if the two teams split sets, a 10-point match tiebreak is played in lieu of a third set. 

 

We're not in the business of predicting things here at usta.com, but if we were, we might guess that the U.S. and Poland will be taking the court at the top of the hour, or 6 p.m. local time, if this match keeps going like it it. (That's 1 p.m. back home on the East Coast.) 

 

U.S. tennis fans can tune into all the action on Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus. Before then? Read up on all the facts and stats you need to know about the U.S. team in Glasgow

Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.
4:35 PM: Collins looks to keep her unbeaten record in Billie Jean King Cup singles matches in tact today.

Collins is 4-0 in her career in Billie Jean King Cup singles matches to date. The University of Virginia alumna told reporters in the U.S.'s pre-event press conference that putting on the U.S. colors is something she lives for.

 

"My first experience playing [Billie Jean King] Cup, we were in the finals in Prague [in 2018] and I didn't play, but I was on the bench and I was cheering," Collins said. "I took a lot of pride in that and it brought a lot of joy for me. That's one of the things about being on a team is so special, and especially with this group. We have such a strong group.

 

"Everybody can play. Everybody has a chance of winning. You go out with full confidence knowing that your teammates are so strong and can get the job done, so you just try to do the best that you can as a teammate to lift everybody up."

 

4:00 PM: In the meantime, read more about Townsend's return to Billie Jean King Cup.
Photo by Daniel Kopatsch/ITF.

Townsend is making her return to Billie Jean King Cup play for the first time in seven years this week, just seven months since she returned to tennis after the 2021 birth of her son, Adyn. 

 

Asked on the eve of the competition if representing the U.S. at the Billie Jean King Cup was a goal she had for herself when training for her comeback, Townsend was honest. 

 

"It's always been in the back of my mind, but I could tell you, 'Hell no!’ Excuse my French, but I mean, I said it,” she said, laughing.

 

"I set really high goals for myself in terms of ranking, results, what I wanted to see myself accomplish and how I wanted to feel over the course of this journey, but I had no conception of if things were going to go the way that I thought they were going to go. I put goals in place and put markers, but I didn't think I was going to be here.”


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3:42 PM: Switzerland defeats Italy by winning singles.

Bencic secures a 7-5, 6-3 win over Paolini to give the Swiss an unassailable 2-0 lead in Group A. Though it'll play no outcome in the result of today's tie, the two countries will still play a doubles match before the U.S. takes the court. 

 

3:35 PM: The U.S. is 4-0 all-time against Poland, and 13-0 in matches within those ties. 

The U.S. and Poland have previously played in 1974, 1980, 1990 and 2016. 

 

The only player on either team in Glasgow with history in the two countries' all-time head-to-head is Linette, who played twice in singles in their last meeting. In 2016, she fell to to Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams outdoors in Hawaii.

 
3:25 PM: Take a deeper dive into today's matches.

Collins and Frech and Keys and Linette have each met once previously, with the Americans each scoring a win. Funnily enough, each of those matches was just last month at the WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open Akron. Keys beat Linette 6-3, 6-3 in Round 1, and Collins beat Frech 6-3, 6-4 in Round 2.

 

McNally, slated to make her Billie Jean King Cup debut, and Townsend, playing just her second match, have only partnered together twice; however, they reached the US Open women’s doubles final this summer in their second event together.

 

Individually, Townsend is 3-0 against Rosolska and 1-0 against Kawa in doubles. McNally is also 3-0 against Rosolska but is 0-4 vs. Kawa.

 

ORDER OF PLAY

Singles 1: No. 14 Danielle Collins (USA) vs. No. 116 Magdalena Frech (POL)

Singles 2: No. 11 Madison Keys (USA) vs. No. 49 Magda Linette (POL)

Doubles: No. 21 Caty McNally / No. 33 Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. No. 75 Katarzyna Kawa / No. 34 Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 
3:06 PM: The line-up is in!

As many might've expected, Coco Gauff isn't in today's line-up after arriving in Glasgow late Monday evening after the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Instead, Rinaldi calls upon Danielle Collins and Madison Keys for singles, and US Open finalists Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend for doubles. 

3:00 PM: Check 1, 2; Check 1, 2 ...

Welcome to Emirates Arena for Day 1 of the U.S.'s campaign at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals. The U.S. will face Poland in tonight's night session, following the conclusion of the Centre Court's first tie between Italy and Switzerland. 

 

While the U.S. and Poland were expected to hit the court not before 4 p.m. local time, there will assuredly be some delay before the tie begins after Switzerland's Jil Teichmann defeated Italy's Elisabetta Cocciaretto in 3 hours, 9 minutes in the first singles match of the day. Belinda Bencic is currently facing Jasmine Paolini in the tie's second match looking to clinch the tie for the Swiss, and they'll then play their doubles match to conclude the tie.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Billie Jean King Cup Finals format, U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi has to finalize her lineup for today's tie one hour before play is scheduled to begin. Stay tuned - we should be learning the U.S. line-up today shortly! 

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