Elise Mertens (WTA 17) gives the offset position for the match against Spain in the barrages of the Wereldgroep, on 20 and 21 april in Kortrijk. The Belgian number one gives priority to the preparation of the gravelseizoen, so made the Belgian tennis federation, Wednesday known.
Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 52), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 55), Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 122) and Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 126) defend the Belgian colours against Spain.
At first glance, it is surprising that Mertens is not there. The 23-year-old Hilly is a regular customer in the Belgian Fed Cup team selections, and was also there when Belgium in February in Liège from France lost. At the end of last month, she was still by Fed Cup captain Johan Van Herck included in the pre-selection of the match against Spain, which is on hard courts played. A fast surface that is not immediately popular among the Spanish players. But Mertens is in the U.s. Charleston is already on her gravelseizoen started and turned out to be not surface to want to change.
“Because all the Belgian players have their best performance on a faster surface, we came to the conclusion very quickly that we for a fast hardcourt had to choose for this encounter to our goal: profit, and thus preserving in the Wereldgroep”, says Van Herck.
“Elise has decided to give priority to its preparation of the gravelseizoen and will therefore not be in Kortrijk. Of course, I am as captain disappointed. We are going to plenty of for profit against Spain to our spot in the top eight in Wereldgroep I maintain. Alison, Kirsten, Ysaline and Yanina, we have a strong team with a lot of talent, confidence, experience and above all a huge drive to the Belgian colours to defend. Now, again, we get the chance to get for the hometown audience to play, our ladies are extra motivated to with the support of their teammates and their supporters to fight for every point. That’s the power of the Fed Cup competition!”
Due to the absence of the Belgian number one will Wickmayer after over a year absence back in the team. They lacked in 2018 in the selections of Dominique Monami and Ivo Van Aken, the predecessors of Van Herck. The current Fed Cup coach, took her or in his first selection, against France. But against Spain celebrates ‘Wicky’ so her comeback. “Her final results prove that they are back on level. That we have in Miami”, referred Van Herck previously been to the second round Wickmayer beat it out of you and that they are the world’s number one Naomi Osaka fire to the shins explained.