WILLIAMSBURG, OCT. 30 -- Gigi Fernandez and Robin White beat Britain's Sara Gomer and Clare Wood, 6-4, 6-1, tonight, enabling the U.S. team to clinch its ninth straight Wightman Cup tennis championship.
The doubles victory gave the U.S. team a 4-0 advantage in the seven-match challenge event between women's teams from the two countries.
The last three matches are set for Saturday, when the U.S. team will go for its third 7-0 sweep in the last three years.
"Some of the most exciting tennis is played when the pressure is off," said U.S. team captain Pam Shriver, who routed Britain's Jo Durie, 6-1, 7-5, earlier tonight to put the Americans up 3-0. "The U.S. team would still like to win 7-0 to keep the streak alive."
Gomer and Wood broke White's serve twice in the first set before she finally held in the 10th and last game of the set. The U.S. team won the second set in 23 minutes.
"We've been working out for two weeks getting ready for one doubles match," Fernandez said. "It was worth it."
The U.S. teams hold a 49-10 lead in the series.