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How did they get in?

In the Billie Jean King Cup – The World Cup of Tennis Qualifiers held in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy secured their spot in the Finals in Glasgow with a victory against France by a score of 3-1.

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After winning their previous six matches in the Billie Jean King Cup, the team captained by Tathiana Garbin is now enjoying a strong run of play. The Italians defeated Austria, Estonia, Greece, and Croatia in 2021 to advance to this year’s Qualifiers in April. Camila Giorgi was a standout performer in an overwhelming victory against France on Italian territory that secured their spot in Glasgow.

Italy is one of only four nations to have participated in every edition of the Billie Jean King Cup since its inception in 1962, and they have won the title of champions on four separate occasions: in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013.

They have only reached the last four once in the nine years since that golden run, and that was in 2014 when they made it all the way to the semi-finals.

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Player to keep an eye on

Italy is the only team competing in the Finals with all five players on the squad ranked inside the Top 100. This gives them an advantage in terms of both strength and depth.

It would seem that World No. 28 Martina Trevisan or former Top 30 star Camila Giorgi would be the obvious choices to play a starring role in Glasgow; however, Trevisan has limited experience in Billie Jean King Cup singles (2-2 win-loss), and Giorgi has also had mixed fortunes in singles for her nation (7-7), despite the fact that she dropped just five games in two matches in April to fire Italy into the Finals.

Elisabetta Cocciaretto, the only one of the five with a positive singles win-loss record in the Billie Jean King Cup, may be the lowest-ranked member of the Italian side, but she has all the makings of a future star. She is the only one of the five with a win-loss record in the singles competition of the Billie Jean King Cup.

The 21-year-old possesses a lot of grit and was formerly ranked 12th in the junior world. At this time last year, she was hitting balls from a chair in order to recuperate from a devastating knee injury that had taken her off the Tour just as she was on the verge of breaking into the Top 100 of the WTA rankings. Cocciaretto, who is now a well-established Top 100 player, celebrated her comeback in April by winning the greatest title of her career on the ITF World Tennis Tour at the W80 Oeiras tournament. To top it all, she has never been defeated in a singles match while competing for her nation (5-0).

If this girl is given the opportunity to show what she’s made of, she may become quite successful.

Potential narrative

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On the list of all-time wins by Italian players in the tournament, Captain Garbin may be knocked down a peg or two, which is not something that she will mind, of course. But it is possible. Trevisan and Cocciaretto have each won six matches (singles and doubles) for their nation, which is the same number of victories as their captain, who fought for Italy between the years 1999 and 2008. If one of them were to earn one more point, they would move up the overall ranking and into joint 14th position.

In addition, there is always the possibility that Italy may give birth to a new dream team. Due to the efforts of Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta, and Roberta Vinci, the Italian team competed in the Billie Jean King Cup in the latter part of the 2000s and came close to becoming undefeated. Time for a new golden era?

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