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Aussies crash out of BJK Cup semis

Australia have been knocked out of the Billie Jean King Cup (formally Fed Cup) in the semi-finals.


WA's Storm Sanders, who'd won her previous two matches in the tournament, was blown away by Jil Teichmann 6-0 6-3.


Tomljanovic then ran into an inspired Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, who took just 68 minutes to outplay the Australian No.2 in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.


It was a huge anti-climax for this Australian team who could have been the first Australian outfit since 1974 to win what's become known as the women's World Cup of tennis.


Captain Alicia Molik said the opposition was just simply too good.


"It was our goal to get to the final but you've got to give credit to the Swiss team - they played brilliant tennis, they were pretty awesome."


Russia will play Switzerland in the final.


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