The Belgian Fed Cup team-delegation is Monday, went to Genoa, where this coming weekend the barrageduel for preservation in the Wereldgroep on the program state against Italy. Interimkapitein Ivo Van Aken went into the meeting with confidence and ambition meet. “If you look at the results of our players are watching, we are favorite. I think we have the guts to have that role with us,” says Van Aken.
The Belgian delegation in Italy, like during the lost semi-final against France, from Elise Mertens (WTA 17), Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 50), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 70) and Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 133). Against a strong France were the Belgian women (just) not up. They lost with 3-2, and must therefore have this coming weekend a barrageduel with Italy finishing to conservation in the Wereldgroep of the Fed Cup to insure.
“It is certainly no easy task”, and put Ivo Van Aken from shore. “Italy is a real Fed Cup team, that can compete. In addition, the substrate (gravel) and the home advantage is a major plus for them. But I don’t want that we hide. If you go to the performance and the places in the world are watching, we are favorite. We count the top three in our ranks, with Mertens, Flipkens and Van Uytvanck. And also Bonaventure is not to be underestimated. Mertens and Flipkens have in the past week, incidentally, is still very strong, performed in Lugano. Especially the performance of the Elise was very good, with gains in both single – doubles.”
Just like in France, it is Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 107) is absent in the Belgian selection. “But she opted to”, he continued Of Aachen. “Yanina has this year indicated that she wants to focus on her individual career. She wants to return to a permanent place in the top 100. The Fed Cup was a bit inconvenient and we respect that. And we must also be honest: at the moment, it was not certain that she would play. As I said: with Elise, Kirsten and Alison we count all three winners in our ranks.”
Aachen was by the tennis federation asked for the match against Italy as captain to lead. “But that’s where it stops,” said the 66-year-old technical director and topsportcoördinator of Tennis Vlaanderen. “I have no problem of a duel to depanneren, but it is only for one encounter. That’s also made it clear to the federation, otherwise I might not even started. There must be a long-term solution be found.”
Van Aken will follow at the captain Dominique Monami, who just a month ago the door was taken by the Belgian tennis federation. The interimkapitein did not want too many words to lose about the affair. “We need the past to quit” was From Aachen. “I find it very sad for Dominique, but I can and will not judge the case. I was not there against France. We must now continue. The present counts. Everything is in the sign for Sunday, all players have me made clear focused.”
The selection of Italy is made up of Sara Errani (WTA 91), Jasmina Paolini (WTA 145), Deborah Chiesa (WTA 172) and Jessica Pieri (WTA 214). Topspeelster Camila Giorgi (WTA 59), a time is not available in her country.