It took the deciding doubles match to seal the 18th Fed Cup title for the United States 3-2 over Belarus. Playing against a dogged Belarusian team in Minsk, CoCo Vandeweghe had to win all three of her matches to help Team USA grab hold of the hardware.
With the tie even at 1-1, Vandeweghe opened Day Two on Sunday with a 7-6 (1), 6-1 win over Aryna Sabalenka, following her Day One singles win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The 25-year-old is the first player to win eight Fed Cup matches in a season since 2005 and and the first to win six Fed Cup singles matches in a year since Petra Kvitova in 2011.
US Open champion Sloane Stephens looked more than ready to get her first win since those two perfect weeks in New York. The 24-year-old was up 5-2 in the third set over Sasnovich, with the feeling of the Fed Cup trophy almost in her hands. But the Belarusian would not go away. She stepped up her aggression, relying heavily on her impeccable backhand down-the-line to win the match, 4-6, 6-1, 8-6.