US enter finals after doubles win over Latvia

Switzerland, Spain and Russia also through to Fed Cup Finals

Washington: Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was hoping not to have to take the court again after falling short in her singles match.

After Serena Williams was defeated for the first time in a Fed Cup singles match, it was left to Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to get the United States into the Fed Cup Finals. “I was cheering Serena on very loud. … I was really nervous for you,” Kenin said. “I was super excited. This is why we play, moments like these, and these moments we can remember forever.” Kenin and Mattek-Sands teamed up for a 6-4, 6-0 doubles victory over Jelena Ostapekno and Anastasija Sevastova to give the U.S. a 3-2 win over Latvia in their Fed Cup qualifying match.
It was a more challenging day than expected for the Americans, who held a 2-0 lead entering the second day of singles matches.