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Sensational away win in #Minsk against last year’s runners up Belarus
Stuttgart. Porsche Team Germany has started the 2018 Fed Cup season with a major success: playing in #Minsk, the team guided by the national coach Jens Gerlach won the thrilling and hard-fought first round match 3-2 against Belarus. The surprising opening victory against last year’s runners up and favourites was clinched in the decisive doubles by #annalenagronefeld and #tatjanamaria: in a real #tennis cliff-hanger lasting two and a half hours in the sold-out Chizhovka-Arena on Sunday, they defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Lidziya Marozava 6-7, 7-5, 6-4. “It’s why one plays #tennis. For one’s country, for such matches,” said #annalenagronefeld. #tatjanamaria added, “We had a fantastic team this weekend and deserved to win.”
In the semi-final on 21/22 April, #Porsche Team Germany will face the five-time Fed Cup winners the Czech Republic on home soil. The venue for the repeat of the 2014 final is still to be decided.
The away encounter in #Minsk turned out to be the expected tough encounter for #Porsche Team Germany. After the singles, the match was tied at 2-2. Despite getting off to a good start, #tatjanamaria lost her opening singles on Saturday 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 against Aryna Sabalenka. The scores were levelled by of all #People Fed Cup debutant Antonia Lottner who this season is still being supported in the #Porsche Talent Team Germany squad: playing impressively the 21-year old surprisingly won against the Belarusian No. 1 Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-5, 6-4. The tie was still open.
On Sunday, #Porsche Team Germany, which went into the encounter without its top players Angelique Kerber, Julia Görges and Carina Witthöft, took the lead for the first time when #tatjanamaria overcame Vera Lapko 6-4, 5-7, 6-0. However, Antonia Lottner just failed to add a second win when losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to Aryna Sabalenka. The youngest player on the winning team was deeply impressed by her Fed Cup debut: “Playing in front of such a crowd is absolutely incredible,” she said. “I enjoyed every minute out on court and am so happy at being given the chance to be here and making a contribution to the fantastic win.”
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