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The hard-hitting Vandeweghe again stood out in the 6-3, 7-6 (3) doubles victory over the Belarus team of Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
In the first set, from 3-all Vandeweghe and Rogers won three Consecutive games, and converted the second set point on 5-3.
Tennis - Fed Cup Final - Belarus v United States - rubber 2 - Chizhovka Arena, Minsk, Belarus, November 11, 2017 - Sloane Stephens of the U.S.in action against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus. Rogers won both of her service points in the tiebreaker for a 3-2 edge and then delivered a backhand volley victor against Sabalenka's service point for a 4-2 advantage for the Americans.
On the opening day Vandeweghe put United States of America into the lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sasnovich, while Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to pull the scores level at 1-1.
It is the first United States victory since the team of Lisa Raymond, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati in 2000.
It was Vandeweghe's eight match won (six singles, two doubles) this year in Fed Cup.
So, the final of the Federation Cup starts on Saturday at 14.00.The beginning of the first match is 14:30 -. Vandeweghe was the heroine of the season, becoming the first ever player to pick up eight points for a team during a championship run.
Alexandra Sasnovich will play against Coco Vandeweghe. It took Sasnovich two attempts, at 6-5 and 7-6 in the third set, to serve out the match.
Earlier on Sunday, Vandeweghe put the U.S. 2-1 up by beating Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1, while Sasnovich battled back from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to draw Belarus level at 2-2.
Stephens has now lost all six matches since winning the title in NY.
Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a victor.
"I knew if I just kept giving myself opportunities and getting my nose in front in her service games, I'd keep getting opportunities and she'd eventually break down", Vandeweghe said.
Sabalenka will next face world number 10 Vandeweghe tomorrow, while Stephens will look to recover against Sasnovich.
"And then it showed in the second set, she withered when I kept the pressure on her, and then I just closed it out".