Lottner shrugs off fed cup team – “anything is possible”

The mood at the evening team dinner couldn't have been much better. Spurred on by the unenviable performance of fed cup debutant antonia lottner, the german women's tennis team prepared for the second day of the first round match against last year's finalists, russia.

"We got a point and kept the game open. Tomorrow we want to go one better," said the new german team manager jens gerlach. "Anything is possible," said gerlach, looking at the score of 1-1 after the first two individually.

That barbara rittner's successor can continue to dream of a surprise coup in his first assignment as the coach in charge of the german tennis federation's team, which is severely short of replacements, is thanks to the 21-year-old lottner. Only nominated for the ill carina witthoft afterwards, lottner trumped on saturday in the tschyschouka-arena quite roughly. The player from the rhineland beat the number one of the hosts, alexandra sasnovich, 7:5, 6:4, thus making up for tatjana maria's three-set loss to aryna sabalenka at the start of the match.

"I enjoyed every minute on the court," said lottner after her strong performance. Gerlach praised lottner effusively. "Toni made a sensational debut," said the stuttgart player.

Rittner, who has accompanied lottner for many years in her youth, also had a big compliment for the player from dusseldorf. "That was an incredible debut," said rittner, who has since been promoted to head of women's tennis at the DTB. "Simply gigantic. That's how she keeps us alive."

But rittner was already looking beyond the fed cup weekend. "This will give her an incredible amount of confidence and self-assurance for the coming weeks," said rittner. Lottner is currently only ranked 149th in the world rankings., also because in her still young career she has already been stopped time and again by injuries. "She has to become even more robust physically. But she showed today what she is made of," praised rittner.

First of all, for lottner and co. But to confirm the good impression of the first day in minsk. On sunday, maria first meets sasnovich. Then lottner plays sabalenka before the doubles duel is concluded.