Switzerland thrashed Italy 2-0 on Wednesday to open its campaign at the BJK Cup in Glasgow with Jil Teichmann and Belinda Bencic providing the firepower.

Teichmann needed three sets – she saved a match point – to overcome  Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) while Bencic easily dismissed Jasmine Paolini 7-5 6-3 to clinch the unbeatable scoreline.

The Swiss have something to prove in the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup after losing the final a year ago to Russia.

 “I feel awesome, I’m super happy, super relieved that I got this important point for our team,'” Teichmann said. “I knew coming in it would be a fight.”

The 65th-ranked Cocciaretto had won eight of her last nine matches between Challenger and Tour play.

Teichmann said he teammates helped her to the win.

“You have a full team on your backs that’s cheering for you each point, and you want to win for them – it’s not only about you.

“We were super close last year. I took everything as motivation.”

WTA No. 12 Bencic  assured the winning scoreline with three breaks of Paolini in the second set.

Main photo:- Jil Teichmann (SUI) took three sets to beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto