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Fed Cup captain Johan Van Herck point after exit look at the future: “This team has enormous potential”

The Belgian tennisvrouwen had this weekend, their several recognise in France, that the duel of the first round (quarterfinals) of the Fed Cup in Liège won with 1-3. “This is a defeat, but not a failure”, said captain Johan Van Herck afterwards.

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Saturday lost to Elise Mertens (WTA 21) Alize Cornet (WTA 51) and went Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 50) down against Caroline Garcia (WTA 19). Mertens lost Sunday against Garcia. France this was on an impassable 3-0 lead. In the doubles afterwards, save Kirsten Flipkens and Ysaline Bonaventure of the eea against Pauline Parmentier and Fiona Ferro.

“It is beyond dispute that this exit hurts,” said Van Herck. “I don’t want a failure to talk, but rather a defeat. We are going to evaluate and analyze what could be improved. We have certain opportunities, and also Sunday were certain details not. We must now continue, and especially to the battle. This team has a huge potential for the future. We hoped for more and are so disappointed. But we have an interesting core, with the players that are here in Liege were and Yanina Wickmayer and Greet Minnen.”

“Garcia, not giving any gifts”

Elise Mertens was Sunday so not a Belgian comeback though. The Limburg was in Liege after 1 hour and 18 minutes in two sets (6-2 and 6-3) down against Caroline Garcia (WTA 19), France the decisive third point concerned. “I felt both mentally and physically fresh, but could be my playing level does not increase”, responded to Mertens.

Saturday lost Mertens also all of Alizé Cornet (WTA 51) and went Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 50) down against Garcia. Mertens had the third race so to win, but did so not in. “Like yesterday, I have given everything,” said Limburg. “We were again well-matched, but Garcia had no stitches and not giving any gifts. I could my best tennis, not on the mat. It is beyond dispute that I in this start to a year still what am looking for my best level.”

Belgium should now be a barragewedstrijd for conservation in the Wereldgroep (20-21 april) play. The draw for the barrages is scheduled for Tuesday at 13h in London).

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