Russia also secured their place in the playoff – scheduled for April – by beating Sweden, rounding off an undefeated week in Poland thanks to dominant singles displays from Natalia Vikhlyantseva, who beat Johanna Larsson 7-6(1), 6-2, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 6-2.
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It was a tighter encounter in Astana, as Kazakhstan progressed against China thanks to a doubles win for Anna Danilina and Galina Voskoboeva, 7-5, 6-0 over Yang Zhaoxuan and Zheng Saisai.
Earlier in the day, Zarina Diyas had beaten Zheng 6-3, 6-2 in the singles before World No.40 Zhang Shuai beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to level things up.
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