DTB team experienced nightmare in Hawaii
For the German tennis ladies, the appearance at the Fed Cup against the USA has gone way too well.Apart from the scandal surrounding the German national anthem, there were also defeats.
Maui Meadows / Frankfurt / Main – The trip to the dream island of Hawaii became a nightmare for the German Fed Cup team: After a hymn-scandal, injury and weather chaos, Barbara Rittner missed a 3-0 win against hosts USA on Maui the semifinals and must be on 22/23. April in the playoffs for the class salary in the world group. As a result, a new attack on the longed-for third Fed-Cup title after 1987 and 1992 is possible at the earliest in November 2018.
On the second day, Ko made the 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 6 defeat of Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) against Australian open semi-finalist Coco Vandeweghe. The Hessin could not use a 4-2 lead in the second set and gave the last ten games in a row after a break from Vandeweghe.
Already on Saturday indicated that in the directly at the Pacific located Royal Lahaina resort had seemingly everything against the without the Weltranglistzweite Angelique Kerber had begun guests. At the Opening Ceremony the soloist sang the first strophe of the member of Germany (” , Deutschland über alles”). “This was an absolute impudence and impertinence, absolutely the ultimate. That was the worst thing that happened to me in my Fed Cup life ever. We have the year 2017 – that simply can not happen. It is embarrassing and speaks for ignorance, “Petkovic said after the 6: 7 (10:12), 2: 6 against Alison Riske in the first single about the incidents.
Rittner was also shocked: “This is really a scandal and inexcusable, a disrespectful number. I could have cried, because it is always a sacred moment in the Fed Cup, a goosebumps moment to hear the anthem, “said the 43-year-old and said:” What happened is a deep one. “It fit into the picture “Used day”, that Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) in the second single at the score of 3: 6, 1: 3 against the American number one Vanderweghe on the left knee injured – and could not compete on Sunday.
After a three-time rainbreak and a waiting time of almost four hours, the match was first moved to Sunday. Görges had just slumped on the already slippery ground line, and had twisted his knee before the demolition. “ITF can be blamed on the fact that they have not broken off earlier,” said Rittner. Both Petkovic and Görges had still been under the impression of the hymn-ecology.
Statements on Sunday
The German team around Rittner, the DTB delegation as well as the approximately 20 German fans had followed the events visibly shocked. “Jule Görges immediately began to howl when she heard the singer’s first words. And I also had tears in my eyes and was angry, “said Petkovic, who was visibly agitated.” That this happens in the 21st century, in America and not anywhere in Timbuktu, that is significant. ”
On Sunday, difference: “We feared the whole thing might fall back on us. That may explain the emotional expression a bit better. “The US American Tennis Association (USTA) was embarrassed and apologized” sincerely “to the German team and their fans. “It was in no way meant to be disrespectful,” they said. President of the Association, Katrina Adams, had immediately apologized personally to Rittner. Instead of playing against the title defense Czech Republic in a home game in Stuttgart to play the final move in April, the Rittner team must be in the relegation as in 2016.