The Belgian tennisvrouwen to watch this weekend on the hard courts of Liège France in the eyes in the first round (quarterfinals) of the Fed Cup.
The French captain Julien Benneteau expected an exciting duel, with the Belgians as a slight favorite. “They may be able to take advantage of the home advantage”, commented Benneteau Wednesday ahead.
Benneteau makes, just as Johan Van Herck on the other side, Fed Cup debut. He is counting on Caroline Garcia (WTA 19), Alizé Cornet (WTA 51), Pauline Parmentier (WTA 55), Kristina Mladenovic (WTA 64) and Fiona Ferro (WTA 103) to Belgium to be correct. “That’s the team where I had dreamed of, I’m so happy,” said Benneteau. “Caroline, there is after two years again, and also the return of Alizé is very important for me. It has been since the beginning of the season in good shape. Pauline and Kristina to know our team and the Fed Cup is good, and showed in the past that they are able to important to win matches. Fiona is the young foal and provides a fresh wind. On paper, this really is the best team.”
Belgium counts in Liège on Elise Mertens (WTA 21), Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 50), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 53) and Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 134) to get the job done. “A very sturdy, with Mertens as a priority”, says the French coach. “With Van Uytvanck and Flipkens, who are a rather atypical way of playing tennis, Van Herck many options. On paper, it promises a very exciting battle. Last year, we took the opponent with 3-2, where we played when at home. Now it is again a toss-up, with a slight advantage for the Belgians in their own country.”