Offbeat Tennis: Angelique Kerber & Co. threatens the descent

16:40  15 april  2022
16:40  15 april  2022 Source:   spiegel.de

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in the Billie Jean King Cup The German tennis studies around Angelique Kerber have caught a bad start against Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. The chance of the finals in the most important team competition of women is only low.

  Tennis: Angelique Kerber & Co. droht im Billie Jean King Cup der Abstieg © Imago / Paul Zimmer

under the jubilation and the drums of the Kazakh fans went Angelique Kerber rapid step disappointed from the square: after two individual defeats at the qualifier in Nur-Sultan fight the German Tennis Ladies in the Billie Jean King Cup against the descent. As a German top player, the slightly favored Kerber vomited Julia Putinzewa after just under two hours 6: 3, 3: 6, 2: 6. Laura Siegemund had at the 0: 6, 1: 6 in the duel with world ranking lists-19. Jelena Rybakina no chance.

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"It was the first match on sand for me, which is never easy for me," Kerber said to her defeat on the less beloved pad. "It's a pity and of course I'm disappointed. In the end, I try to take the positive to take out: I came to Kazakhstan for Germany to play for the country. I have given everything in the square. "

Through the 0: 2 residue, the selection of the German Tennis Bunds must win both singles and the final double on Saturday, to reach the finals from 8 to 13 November. Otherwise, the most important team competition is in the Damentennis on 11./12. November against the descent. Most recently, the German Team 2013 did not play in the top group of the competition, which was still Fed Cup at that time.

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After nervous on both sides, Kerber gained the first set without major problems. In the second round, the error rate rose in the 34-year-old, Putinzewa won sovereignty and secured five games in series at times. In the last sentence, Kerber was fast 0: 3 behind, fought and celebrated the first game gain with a loud scream. But the emotional turn remained, the 0: 1 was perfect after a backhand.

Total 48 intended mistakes were expression of the currently lack of security. Kerber is far from the top shape after their season preparation impaired by a corona infection. With the Australian Open and two other tournaments, the Wimbledon winner from 2018 compared their starting part, in Indian Wells, the only two two season wins get. On Saturday, in the potential lace with Rybakina, a success is now duty to get the now very small chance to get the progress.

In Nur Sultan, the German team must do without injury due to Andrea Petkovic as an exhibition number two. So familiar team captain Rainer Schüttler on victory and that had been missing after a knee surgery last August longer. Against the Olympia -Vated Rybakina, the 34-year-olds were underlying four double errors alone in the first passage of four double errors, sampling had to be beaten despite short breaks at the beginning of the second sentence after only 65 minutes.

Germany won the women's team competition twice (1987 and 1992). Eight years ago, the team was last in the final (1: 3 in the Czech Republic), already then with Kerber at position one. Last year, a final tournament of the best twelve teams was held for the first time.

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