Belgian tennis players can play again in 2024 for a ticket to the final round of the Billie Jean King Cup, the former Fed Cup. At the Dome in Charleroi they eliminated Hungary 3-1.
After the first day the score was still 1-1. Minnen lost her first singles match on Saturday, then Wickmayer equalized the score.
Revenge-hungry Greet Minnen fared better on the final day. “I especially wanted to find joy on the court again,” she said. She won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Anna Bondar (114th WTA Championship), her doubles partner eight times this season. “I had to fight for every point.”
Yanina Wickmayer could then take the decision, although she also had to fight against Dalma Galvi (WTA 136). The defeat in the second set tiebreak did not slow her down, on the contrary. With a 6-1 win in Group C, it gave Belgium certainty of retaining them.
Wickmayer’s victory means the final doubles match will be cancelled. Marie Benoit and Kimberly Zimmerman will compete against Hungarians Timea Babos and Fanny Stolar.
Earlier this year, in April, Belgium also managed to advance to the final round of the Billie Jean King Cup, but lost 3-2 to Canada in Vancouver. As a result, the Belgians were referred to the playoffs.
“Winning this playoff match was a must, because we want to do better next year,” said captain Wim Wiesett. “We now have a new chance to qualify for the finals. This year we lost 3-2 to Canada, who eventually won the final. Hopefully we will now have more luck in the draw.”
“So the victory over Hungary was very important. It was not easy after losing in the opening match and knowing how strong the duo are. But Janina (Wickmayer) and Grete (Minin) made it happen.”
“Wickmeyer was very strong for two days. She is the epitome of professionalism and enthusiasm. They handled it with great conviction both days. Menin showed a lot of mental resilience after her day off on Saturday. You just have to do it.” he deserves respect.”
Fisset assumes he can count on Elise Mertens (29 ATP) again next season. “I have not received any negative signals from her. With her, of course, we are stronger and there are also young people who stick their noses into the window. This opens up prospects for the future.”
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