Argentina confidently receive the strong Kazakhstan in the Qualifiers for the Billie Jean King Cup World Group, formerly called Fed Cup, to be played in the province of Córdoba with the presence of four of the 100 best tennis players in the world.
At 11 this Friday, the series opens, Nadia Podoroska-Yulia Putintseva and, then, Lourdes Carlé-Elena Rybakina will complete day 1 of action.
On Saturday the singles are reversed and the fifth point is added, if necessary.
The series was to be played on February 5 and 6 in Buenos Aires, but after the International Tennis Federation ordered the change of dates due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Argentine Tennis Association decided that it would be played in Córdoba, on dust from brick.
“In the numbers you can see, Kazakhstan is a strong team, but this is our favorite surface, the (Argentine) girls are playing very well too. It is a plus how we feel the shirt, we all know that in the Billie Jean series King play other emotions and we will bet on that “said Nadia Podoroska, number 45 in the world. The 24-year-old tennis player, semi-finalist at the last Roland Garros, won the twelve games she played for this tournament and lost the other five.
“I totally trust Nadia’s leadership. Beyond her tennis level, she has a great personality, she is very professional and works very well when she is in a team. The girls are very fond of her and value her a lot as a person. the team, but at the same time it generates respect and, due to its ranking, it is the natural leader “, said the captain, Mercedes Paz.
The other members of the Argentine team are Lourdes carle (430 of the world), Victoria Bosio (438) and Guillermina Naya (550). The great absence is that of Paula Ormaechea (283).
The Kazakh team is made up of Yelena Rybakina (23rd in the world), Yulia Putintseva (30), Zarina Diyas (90) and Anna Danilina (128). The captain is Yaroslava Shvedova.