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Fed Cup in tennis: Germany creates qualification for the final tournament


The way to the new Fed Cup final is free for the German tennis women after a 4-0 win in Brazil. Laura Siegemund made her early success perfect with her second individual victory in the qualifier. The world rankings-73. defeated Gabriela Cé 6-1, 6-2 and gave Florianopolis an unprecedented 3-0 lead.

Siegemund had already won against Teliana Pereira on Friday, after which Tatjana Maria defeated Cé. The fourth individual between Maria and Pereira was canceled, the end of the doubles was set by Anna-Lena Friedsam and Antonia Lottner with their 6: 1, 6: 4 victory against Laura Pigossi and Luisa Stefani. The qualification for the final tournament in Budapest also worked the debut of the new captain Rainer Schüttler. "I'm very happy, the girls played well," he said. Siegemund said it was a "busy week": "We worked hard as a team and fought for every point. Now there is a little time to celebrate."

Switzerland, Spain and Belgium also qualified The premiere of the Fed Cup finals will take place from April 14th to 19th. In addition to the eight qualifiers, hosts are Hungary, cup defender France, last year's finalist Australia and, thanks to a wildcard, the multiple winner Czech Republic. Spain, which beat Japan, Switzerland and Belgium, also made it to the finals. Before just a few spectators on a holiday resort on the Atlantic, both Siegemund and Cé had to struggle with the wind in summery conditions. After an initial number of mistakes on both sides, Siegemund found the game better and played against the world rankings-225. then their favorite role.

While the top managers Angelique Kerber and Julia Görges, who are pausing this time, could be present at the finals, Andrea Petkovic is still missing. The 32-year-old had to undergo surgery because of persistent pain on the left knee and, according to her own information, is absent for up to two months.
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