SEVILLE (AP) – The Czech Republic beat defending champion Switzerland 3-0 on the first day of the group stage at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals on Tuesday.
Debutant Linda Noskova defeated Celine Naef 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 in the first singles match, and another debutant Marie Bouzkova beat Viktorija Golubic 6-4, 6-4 in the second match of the Group A tie. The third point came with Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeating Golubic and Jil Teichmann 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the doubles match.
Bouzkova was a late addition to the Czech team following the withdrawal of world number eight Karolina Muchova because of a wrist injury.
Switzerland was without Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, who announced on Friday that she is pregnant. The United States is the other team in Group A and will face Switzerland today.