Tamara Zidanšek, Kaja Juvan, Nina Potočnik, Pia Lovrič and Ela Nala Milić will defend the colors of Slovenia at the Billie Jean King Tennis Cup match against Romania in mid-April, team captain Andrej Kraševec revealed.
The duel, which will take place in Koper on April 14 and 15, will determine the final tournament of the twelve best national teams in the world. Slovenia won it with a sensational victory in November in Velenje against China.
Similar to the Chinese women, the Romanian women will also be favorites on paper, as they have four players in the WTA rankings who are higher than the best Slovenian. Tamara Zidanšek she is currently 114th in the world, and the Romanians are ahead of her Simona Halep (19.), who otherwise does not have the right to perform, as she is suspended for doping, Irina-Camelia Begu (38.), Ana Bogdan (57.) and Sorana Cirstea (83rd). Romania’s line-up for the match in Koper will be known in the coming days.
Kaja Juvan is in 135th place, Nina Potočnik is the 260th, Pia Lovrič 582., 17 years old Ela Nala Milić and she is the 42nd junior in the world. He will still be in the team Long live Falkneras the captain says because of the atmosphere and the even number of players for training.
“I am glad that all the best Slovenian actresses responded to the invitation and that we will be able to play this historic meeting in the strongest line-up. The match against Romania alone is a great success for Slovenia, and qualifying for the final tournament would undoubtedly be an event of wider dimensions.Kraševec said.
Although Tamara Zidanšek and Kaja Juvan have not achieved high-profile results in recent months, Kraševec believes that both will be in good shape in mid-April. “Now they have tournaments on a hard surface, and before the match with Romania we will have a few more days to prepare in Koper. I have no doubt that the girls will give their best. Both Kaja and Tamara have played superbly in the Billie Jean King Cup in recent years,Kraševec added.
The match will take place on the central court of the Bonifika tennis center, which will be equipped with stands for approximately 1,500 spectators for the occasion. Admission will be free.