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Hungarian captain Miklos Palagyi said earlier in the day that he estimated the chances as “50-50”. Fissette saw it differently. After the play-off defeat against Canada in April, in his first meeting as captain, the Limburger felt that it was “a must to stay in the World Group”.
“We start as favorites and have all the qualities to win the meeting,” he looked ahead in Charleroi. “It’s not about underestimation. We know the qualities of our opponent. The players are ready.”
Fissette cannot count on Elise Mertens (personal reasons) and Alison Van Uytvanck (back injury) against Hungary. Greet Minnen (WTA 62) and Yanina Wickmayer (WTA 74) are his spearheads. “It is the end of the season. Some players have not played for two weeks, but I have no trouble motivating them. I have spoken to Greet and Yanina for a long time. They are looking forward to playing for Belgium in their own country “The young people are also happy to be there and have a chance to play. The atmosphere in the team is very good.” In addition to Minnen and Wickmayer, the Belgian selection consists of Kimberley Zimmermann (WTA double 64), Marie Benoit (WTA 240) and Sofia Costoulas (WTA 293).
The Belgian captain, who is assisted by Kirsten Flipkens, also praised the infrastructure and terrain (hard court) in Charleroi. The Belgian women have not played a home match in the Billie Jean King Cup since February 2020, when they played against Kazakhstan in Kortrijk.
The winner of the meeting remains in the World Group. The loser drops to Group 1 of the Europe/Africa zone.
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