Fed Cup: Serena Williams stunned but USA survives to reach finals

The United States survived a Latvia comeback, with Anastasija Sevastova winning a three-setter against Serena Williams, to secure a place at the Fed Cup Finals.

Serena Williams

American Serena Williams lost a topsy-turvy match against Anastasija Sevastova.   -  Getty Images

Serena Williams suffered the first singles loss of her Fed Cup career, but the United States overcame Latvia to book its spot in the finals on Saturday.

Trailing 2-0 in Washington, Latvia's fightback started with Jelena Ostapenko's win over Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

Williams' unbeaten record in singles was then ended by Anastasija Sevastova, who recorded a 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (7-4) victory over the 23-time grand slam champion.

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But USA moved into April's Fed Cup finals thanks to Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the duo winning the doubles over Ostapenko and Sevastova 6-4 6-0.

Belarus needed a thrilling doubles rubber to overcome the Netherlands 3-2.

Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich edged Kiki Bertens and Demi Schuurs 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-8).

Russia survived a test against Romania to prevail 3-2, Switzerland claimed a 3-1 success over Canada and Slovakia beat Great Britain 3-1.

Germany swept Brazil aside 4-0, Spain was too strong for Japan 3-1 and Elise Mertens led Belgium past Kazakhstan 3-1.

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