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U.S. Dominates Davis Cup Qualifying 2-0
In a decisive Davis Cup qualifying encounter, the United States took a commanding 2-0 lead against Ukraine, with Chris Eubanks stepping in as a late replacement for the injured Taylor Fritz and Sebastian Korda securing a singles victory. The dynamic duo’s performances set the stage for potential success in the upcoming matches.
Chris Eubanks, ranked No. 32 globally and making his Davis Cup debut, showcased his prowess by defeating Viacheslav Bielinskyi, ranked No. 498, with a convincing scoreline of 6-3, 6-2. Eubanks’ forehand winners played a crucial role in securing the victory.
Reflecting on his debut, Eubanks admitted, “I started off really nervous. I’ve been pretty nervous all day since I found out I was going to play. But when I got out on court, things calmed down, and I feel like I played a really high level.”
Sebastian Korda, ranked No. 33, faced a more challenging contest against Oleksii Krutykh but managed to emerge victorious with a score of 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4. Korda’s six aces in the last two games showcased his resilience and determination.
The unexpected replacement of Taylor Fritz, the highest-ranked American man at No. 9, with Eubanks did not hinder the United States’ performance. Fritz was sidelined due to an injured right hip, paving the way for Eubanks to make a significant contribution.
Looking ahead, the United States has the opportunity to clinch a spot in the next round by securing victory in Friday’s opening doubles match. Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram are set to represent the U.S. against Ukraine’s Vitaliy Sachko and Illya Beloborodko.
The Davis Cup series is being held on indoor hard courts at SEB Arena in Lithuania due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which commenced with Russia’s invasion in February 2022. The challenging circumstances have not deterred the participating nations, with the 12 winners from this round advancing to the 2024 Davis Cup Finals.
The lineup for the Davis Cup Finals includes reigning champion Italy, 2023 runner-up Australia, and wild-card entries from Britain and Spain. The competition intensifies as nations strive for a coveted spot in the prestigious finals.
As the Davis Cup qualifying matches unfold, other matchups across the globe add to the excitement, featuring teams from Slovakia, Serbia, Georgia, Lithuania, South Korea, Canada, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Netherlands, Israel, Czech Republic, Portugal, Finland, France, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Peru, and Chile. The quest for victory continues, promising thrilling encounters and fierce competition on the tennis courts.
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By- Sahiba Suri