Switzerland levels Fed Cup tie vs France

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 09, 2014
Teenager Belinda Bencic eased past Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-1 Sunday to bring Switzerland level with France at 2-2 in the first round of their Fed Cup World Group II tie. Bencic showed great composure to break Razzano five times in the one-sided match. ''I just played with no pressure,'' Bencic told Sport Plus television. ''I just enjoyed the match. I was so relaxed.'' Bencic took a 4-0 lead and won the first set when Razzano netted a volley. The 16-year-old Swiss capitalized on two forehand errors from Razzano to also break serve at 2-1 and 4-1 in the final set. Bencic converted her third match point when the 30-year-old Razzano sent a backhand into the net. ''I couldn't do anything against her today,'' Razzano told Sport Plus television. ''I think she's an unbelievable player. She plays some dream tennis. Her future is promising.'' Earlier, Alize Cornet beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (4) to give France a 2-1 lead. Cornet won six straight games to rally from a 2-0 deficit and take the first set. The 25th-ranked Frenchwoman broke back twice in the second set before Bacsinszky saved a match point at 5-4. In the tiebreaker, Cornet jumped to a 5-2 lead and clinched victory when Bacsinszky's backhand sailed wide. ''Amelie kept her trust in me today and I'm glad I did not prove her wrong,'' Cornet said in reference to France captain Amelie Mauresmo. In Saturday's singles, Razzano dismissed Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-1 to put France ahead before Bencic upset Cornet 7-5, 6-4 to level the tie.
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