Knapp’s victory lifts Italy into Fed Cup semifinals

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Knapp’s victory lifts Italy into Fed Cup semifinals

Karin Knapp won her second match of the weekend to give Italy a 3-1 win over the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group on Sunday.

Knapp defeated American Alison Riske, 6-3, 7-5 to secure Italy’s victory in the best-of-five series. She held a 5-2 lead in the second set, only to let Riske tie it at five. But Knapp regained the momentum and closed out the match.

Knapp also defeated Christina McHale on Saturday, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Camila Giorgi defeated Madison Keys, 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday’s second match. Riske fought hard through the second set and appeared to gain control before Knapp shut the door.

Lauren Davis and Madison Keys of the United States earned a 6-2, 6-3 win in the doubles match against Nastassja Burnett and Alice Matteucci.

AP

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