Russia beat Switzerland 2-0 to win BJK Cup

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Russia have won both singles matches to defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup and claim the most prestigious global prize in women's team tennis for the fifth time.

Liudmila Samsonova rallied to capture the decisive point with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Tokyo Olympics singles champion Belinda Bencic in Prague on Saturday.

Daria Kasatkina had earlier put Russia ahead in the best-of-three matches final of the competition previously known as the Fed Cup with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Jil Teichmann.

"It's too many emotions now," Samsonova said. "It's unbelievable. I'm unbelievably happy."

The Swiss pair had won both their singles matches on Friday at the O2 Arena to knock Australia out 2-0 at the semi-final stage but the Russians proved too strong for them.

Samsonova broke Bencic in the opening game of the final set and held on to serve it out when the Swiss's backhand sailed long.

Bencic stayed calm in the opening set against the big-hitting Russian, who produced 16 unforced errors compared to her three, and got the key break in the eighth game.

The 22-year-old Samsonova improved in the second set, hitting 14 winners before serving it out.

Samsonova proved one of the revelations of the tournament after beating Sloane Stephens 1-6 6-4 6-3 and teaming up with Veronika Kudermetova to win the doubles in Friday's semifinals against the United States on her Russian debut.

She replaced originally selected Russian No.1 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the last minute after she was forced to withdraw because of a left leg injury.

Kasatkina also produced a dominant performance, storming the opening set and breaking Teichmann three times to condemn the Swiss to her first loss.

"An amazing feeling," Kasatkina said. "I won the first match (in the group stage), now I play in the final and I'm happy I've brought this very important point to my team."

Russia had reached their first final since 2015 in the competition they also won in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

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