Billie Jean King Trophy. Friedsam wins. German female tennis players remain top notch

With his victory, Jules Niemeyer brings the Germans to the lead. Photo: Nel Pavletic/PIXSELL/dpa


German tennis players will also participate in the world group at the Billie Jean King Cup next year. Boss Rainer Schuettler’s side surprisingly won the play-off match in Croatia 3-1 without Angelique Kerber absent due to pregnancy and Andrea Petkovic, who resigned to avoid relegation.

Rijeka – German female tennis players will also compete in the World Group Billie Jean King Cup next year. Boss Rainer Schuettler’s side surprisingly won the play-off match in Croatia 3-1 without Angelique Kerber absent due to pregnancy and Andrea Petkovic, who resigned to avoid relegation.

Anna-Lena Friedsam scored the crucial third point in Rijeka on Saturday. The 28-year-old football player defeated the only 16-year-old Petra Marchinko 6:4, 6:1 and thus celebrated a perfect individual debut in Germany. Jules Niemeyer had previously beaten Ana Konyuhi 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the German team. It was 1:1 after the first day.

“We think it’s a better match.”

Schuttler surprisingly preferred Friedsam to Eva Lees. The 20-year-old from Hamburg pulled off a surprise two-set win against Croatian number one Petra Martic in her team’s premier opener on Friday and produced a very strong performance. However, Schüttler relied on the more experienced Friedsam. “We think it’s a better match,” the former professor explained of the surprising change. And Friedsam justified the trust. Marcinko was able to hold on in the first set, but Friedsam was unstoppable in the second set.

Previously, Niemeyer celebrated the first individual victory in the German national team. The German number one improved significantly a day after his open loss to Marcinko to convert his first match point after 1:21. Konjuh was only briefly nominated for Croatian number one Petra Martic.



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