Kirsten Flipkens (WTA-59) open Saturday the barrages of Wereldgroep I of the Fed Cup against Spain with a match against kopvrouw Garbiñe Muguruza (WTA 19), in 2017 is still number 1 in the world. That is the result of the draw of Friday in the city hall of Kortrijk. Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA-52) can be found afterwards on the hard court of the Lange Munte ‘ Carla Suarez Navarro (WTA-27).
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Sunday, again two enkelspelen on the agenda. Van Uytvanck look first Muguruza in the eyes, and then the duel follows between Flipkens and Suarez Navarro. A doubles close to the barrages. Ysaline Bonaventure (WTA 122) and Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 127) take it here against Aliona Bolsova (WTA 136) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (WTA-19 doubles).
The Belgians were killed in early February in the first round (quarterfinals) of Wereldgroep I against France, that in Liege with 1-3 won. The Spanish women won their duel in Wereldgroep II in Japan with 2-3. The winner of the encounter between Belgium and Spain, playing tennis next year in Wereldgroep I, the loser will be in Wereldgroep II come true.
The Belgians play without Elise Mertens, which focuses on the gravelseizoen. “Elise has decided to give priority to its preparation of the gravelseizoen and will not, therefore, in Kortrijk,” says Fed Cup captain Johan Van Herck. “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.”