Spain returns to the elite
The Canarian Carla Suárez became the heroine of Spanish tennis, when she added against Belgium the three points - two singles and one doubles - that served to return the
The Canarian Carla Suárez became the heroine of Spanish tennis, by adding against Belgium the three points - two singles and one doubles - which served to return the selection of Anabel Medina to the World Group Federation Cup, paradise lost in 2017. From position 27 of the WTA ranking, at age 30 and in its eleventh year fighting with the national team, the Gran Canaria racket shined more than any other on the fast and covered track of the Sportcampus Lange Munte de Cortrique, in the West of Belgium. Suarez and Muguruza were imposed on Ysaline Bonaventure and Kristen Flipkens in the final doubles match by 7-6 (4), 2-6 and 6-2, placing the 2-3 in the tie.
Suarez, with fewer rewards in her professional career than her teammate Garbiñe Muguruza, who has both Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles, became the owner of a strange and tactical crossroads in which her concentration and perseverance tipped the balance on the Spanish side . Muguruza, 19th in the world, signed two singles matches with ups and downs and defeat to two players who, on paper, seemed clearly inferior. The Spanish born in Caracas lost first against Kristine Flipkens (6-3, 4-6 and 6-4), on Saturday. And again on Sunday against Yseline Bonaventure (4-6, 6-0 and 6-4).
"I will soon forget this game against Muguruza," Bonaventure said after a confrontation that took place by surprise and in which from his 122nd place in the WTA ranking he replaced Alison Van Uytvanck, the 52nd best world racket and scheduled as a starting player. In both days, Suarez appeared to keep stable the vital signs of the Spanish team, which was trying to return to the elite women's tennis for the first time since 2017, when it was relegated by France in the play-offs . He rallied first Saturday against Van Uytvanck (6-3 and 6-2), matching the tie for Medina. And on Sunday, again, Suarez came to the rescue of the Spanish with a 2-1 adverse on the scoreboard and added his eleventh individual victory in his last twelve games with the national team.
The weight of the character
He did it to tilt 6-2 and 6-1 to Yanina Wickmayer, who from position 127 of the ladder sought to surprise and add what would have been the final point for the Belgium captain Johan Van Herck, squad that appeared without his best player, Elise Mertens (18), who gave up the crossing of selections to prepare the clay season. "We want to be in the World Group, we deserve it for years", said Suarez on the track after that victory that put the 2-2 on the scoreboard, without revealing yet which tandem would dispute the final doubles few minutes later.
In front of the Belgian public, who squeezed despite the fact that the small stadium of Cortrique was not full, Suárez printed his battling character to the Spanish duo, with his legs loaded with tennis after having played individual duels on Saturday and on the same morning as the Sunday.
The shortest of the four players on the court (1.62 meters) was again decisive, closing the first set in the tiebreak and also noting the point of the tie in the third, by throwing a ball to the body of Flipckens that the Belgian He did not hit back.
"Carla has played amazing", summed up after the victory Muguruza. Spain thus achieved a new victory against Belgium, after having won four times in the seven previous matches, the last in 2004 at the Club Nazaret de Jerez de la Frontera (3-2) in the quarterfinals of the World Group.
He did it, besides, without Aliona Bolsova, Georgina García Pérez and María José Martínez, players also called by Medina but did not jump on the court. The Spanish team will be able to dream from now on with a new title of Federation Cup, a tournament that they have won five times, while Belgium will be at least one year away from the aspiration to repeat the feat they already achieved in 2001.
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