Today has been a rest-day for the ladies, providing an opportunity to recharge the batteries and prepare for the second half of the championships. On a wonderful sunny day, the green baize of the card-table was exchanged for the aqua-blue of the sea and the red clay of the tennis court. In what was one of the most eagerly awaited "Battle of the Sexes" since Billie-Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs, the outcome - a tie - confounded local bookmakers and was announced as a triumph for humanity.
On a more serious note, we rejoin battle behind the Netherlands in second place, having completed yesterday's play with a defeat of the mighty Russians after slipping up against a resurgent Romanian team.
First up tomorrow: "le crunch" against France, which rates to be the sternest test to date.