Having lead 2-0 by Friday night you would have expected a straight forward Saturday for the USA team to book their place in the Fed Cup Finals in April but it was far from that.
Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova had other ideas!
First up was Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin against Latvia’s top seed Jelena Ostapenko. The result didn’t surprise me too much in all honesty as Ostapenko has more experience on these big stages to cause an upset than her opponent.
Jelena gave the away side a hope winning 6-3 2-6 6-2 against the top ranked American.
Next up was Anastasija Sevastova with a task no one had ever succeeded in, defeating Serena Williams in Fed Cup singles match.
The American was at a win/loss record of 14-0 but lost a close battle with the Latvian 6-7 6-3 6-7. The result in all honesty didn’t come as too much of a shock as I thought she did ride her luck against Ostapenko.
This would then send us to a decisive doubles match.
In hindsight and going against ranking would have using Coco Gauff or Alison Riske been a better option? I certainly would have thought so.
It was going to still be the scheduled team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sofia Kenin up against the Latvian top two, Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova.
The day proved a difficult one for the American’s but the experienced Matteo-Sands helped bring some parity for the home side who came through comfortably to win 6-4 6-0 to win the tie 3-2 and book a place in the Fed Cup Finals.