A runner-up last year, Switzerland captured the Billie Jean King Cup title in Glasgow, with Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann notching singles wins Sunday to grab the women's championship for the first time.
Sunday was a historic day for Switzerland as the team won the Billie Jean King Cup title for the first time.
In a rematch of last year’s semifinals. Jil Teichmann and reigning Olympic champion Belinda Bencic combined for singles wins in Glasgow, Scotland to give the Swiss an insurmountable 2-0 lead against Australia.
In the opening match, Teichmann outlasted this week’s breakthrough player Storm Sanders 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Bencic then followed with a swift 6-2, 6-1 win over Ajla Tomljanovic to clinch the trophy.
"We were finalists last year and we were so heartbroken," Bencic said on court after wrapping up the week. "But in the locker room [Teichmann] came to me and said 'Next year, we’re going to do it, we’re going to take it.’ And we did, I’m so proud."
Switzerland, the runner-up last year as well as in 1998, completed the dream week by going 9-1 in matches in Glasgow. Viktorija Golubic and Simona Waltert also contributed to the team effort in Scotland.
"We didn't win this just today; it was this week, it was actually over years, we tried to get better and better at it," team captain Heinz Günthardt. said "You saw how many close points there were; who knows why we win some and lose some. A lot of it has to do with heart, and this team has a lot of heart."