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Vandeweghe caps flawless Fed Cup season as U.S. wins title

Vandeweghe caps flawless Fed Cup season as U.S. wins title

Already having a World Team Tennis title in 2016 on her list of accomplishments, Rogers added a Fed Cup title to her resume on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus, by teaming with American star CoCo Vandeweghe to win the decisive doubles match over Belarus and give the USA women a 3-2 victory and their first Fed Cup crown since 2000.

But the Americans regrouped in the final match, as Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers fought back from a 5-2 deficit and two set points in the second set to defeat the last-minute makeshift pairing of Sabalenka and Sasnovich, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Shelby Rogers is ranked 59th in the world in singles, but the touring tennis professional from Charleston is even more accomplished as a player in team competitions. She finished 2017 with eight Fed Cup wins, including the maximum six Fed Cup singles victories.

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - The United States won its 18th Fed Cup title and the first since 2000 with a 3-2 win against Belarus on Sunday.

Aryna Sabalenka withstood a second set fightback to beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in front of a home crowd in Minsk.

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The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.

On the opening day Vandeweghe put US into the lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sasnovich, while Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to pull the scores level at 1-1.

So, the final of the Federation Cup starts on Saturday at 14.00.The beginning of the first match is 14:30 -. She is the first player to win eight matches since the current eight-team World Group format was introduced in 2005.

Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match.

Stephens has now lost all six matches since winning the title in NY.

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Earlier, Vandeweghe beat Sabalenka 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead.

The 19-year-old Sabalenka and Sasnovich, 23, dropped a serve apiece in the first set and the Americans surged in front after just 26 minutes.

Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a victor.

"I had a great time out there", Vandeweghe said. "I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do".

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