“I felt right at home and I hope that this will be the place for the German team this year,” said Kerber a few days before the start of the Billie Jean King Cup, the reformed Fed Cup.
The national tennis team of team captain Rainer Schüttler expects a major difficulty against the hosts from the Czech Republic on Monday (5:00 p.m.), who won four of the last six editions of the team competition. The second group duel will take place against Switzerland on Tuesday.
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A progression of the German team would be a medium-sized surprise – but Schüttler thinks it is possible. With the exception of the injured Laura Siegemund, he was able to nominate “currently the best German players”, said the 45-year-old and spoke of a good “mixture of experienced professionals and young talents”.
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Of course, Kerber is all too keen to lead her team into the duel for the silver cup – in 2014 she managed to do that once, but in the end the Czechs were too strong in Prague. It remained with the two successes for the German Tennis Association (DTB) in 1987 and 1992.
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