Sanders inspires as Australia storm into Billie Jean King Cup semi-finals

No Ash Barty, no problem in event formerly known as Fed CupAustralia beat depleted Belarus 2-1 in Prague

Storm Sanders says that inspiring Australia to seal a shock berth in the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King Cup – the World Cup of women’s tennis – is like a “dream come true”.

After surprise packet Sanders had earned her second singles triumph of the week in Prague, outclassing Yuliya Hatouka 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday’s opener, Ajla Tomljanovic earned a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 comeback win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich to give Australia an unassailable lead over depleted Belarus in the crucial group tie.

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