No.131 triggers breathtaking Billie Jean King Cup rebellion, Aussie winner

Storm Sanders have stunned Belgian world number 18 Elise Mertens to secure Australia a victory in their inaugural Billie Jean King Cup.

2019 second place in Group B played without world No. 1 Ash Barty, who has finished his season early to recover and focus on the Australian summer. They were also without Ajla Tomljanovic, world No. 43, who was a last-minute retiree due to non-COVID-related illness.

Storm Sanders celebrates its outraged victory of Elise Mertens.

Storm Sanders celebrates its outraged victory of Elise Mertens.Credit:AP

After Daria Gavrilova’s victory in three sets over Greet Minnen, the 131st-ranked Sanders came from a set down to debut to overwhelm Mertens 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0. Sanders converted his second match point with the last of his 35 winners.

“It was a most incredible feeling, I’m still shaking,” Sanders said.

She told tennis.com.au that the victory felt “absolutely amazing”.

“I knew it was a difficult task to get out and play Mertens, but I have played her before and certainly felt that I knew her game.

Mertens reacts after losing a point.

Mertens reacts after losing a point.Credit:AP

“We had a good game plan, which I went out and executed. Having the team on the sidelines was a great feeling, and even though I lost the first set, I still felt like I was in control and doing all the right things. It is incredible to win. ”

Sanders stormed through the final set 6-0 to win.

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