Tennis ladies ready for a coup in the fed cup

Tennis ladies ready for a coup in the fed cup

She had named sabine lisicki, julia gorges, angelique kerber and doubles specialist anna-lena gronefeld to her team. The team meets in the first round match on 4. And 5. February on defending champion czech republic with wimbledon champion petra kvitova. "One thing is clear: we have to play very, very good tennis if we want to beat the czech women somehow."

The world number 14. Lisicki is already seeded for the singles, rittner will decide the rest of the lineup on thursday. "It’s a very, very difficult decision who will start with the second singles," rittner said. "It’s no secret that jule and angie are very, very close in terms of performance at the moment." Gorges is ranked 21st in the world, kerber 27th.

22-year-old lisicki leads the german team after andrea petkovic’s absence due to injury in the porsche arena. This motivates her even more: "I don’t feel any additional pressure. When I go into a match, I just want to win, that’s not going to change now," said lisicki.

Petkovic is out because of a fatigue fracture in her back. Czech team manager petr pala regrets the absence of the world number ten, but does not see this as an advantage for his team. "The team is strong anyway, they are very good players. Unfortunately we have to meet them in the first round, but it is the way it is."

Before the number two in the world, petra kvitova, the german team has respect. "If we want to get a point against petra, no matter who it is, must always go to the limit of his performance," said rittner, spreading hope at the same time: "but even she has fluctuations in the game."Anna-lena gronefeld recalled the last fed cup match against the czech republic two years ago, which the germans had only just lost: "i think the chances are definitely equal."The german women won the fed cup for the last time in 1992.

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