Polish women are not alone today fighting for promotion to the final. At this stage of the tournament, six more matches are held: Italy – France, USA – Ukraine, Czech Republic – Great Britain, Kazakhstan – Germany, Canada – Latvia, Netherlands – Spain.

Victory will automatically advance to the BJK Cup Final. It will take place at the end of the year, in November. The host is not yet known. There will be no defending champions, suspended for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and no players from Russia.

Defeat against Romania means a two-level relegation to the playoffs. In case of victory, the Polish women will fight for the trophy.

To date, the White-Reds’ biggest achievement was the World Group quarter-finals in 1992. After defeating Sweden and Israel, they lost to Germany. They played in the opponents team after that Steffi Graf and Anke Huber, They represent Poland Katarzyna Nowak and Magdalena Mróz as a single as well as Katarzyna Teodorowicz as a double.

In the world group, the Polish women played in 2015, in the famous match against Russia in Krakow, which collected 15,000 in the stands. viewers. Agnieszka Radwańska, Urszula Radwańska and husbands Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska Fail 1: 4. The Russian band played, inter alia, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

However, the significance of the Polish meeting is illustrated by the fact that the ITF, the organization supervising the BJK Cup, sent media staff for only two meetings – Poland – Romania to Radom and Prague for a duel between the Czechs and Great Britain. This is due to the fact that we have the leader of the WTA Ranking in our team, but that too The Polish national team is exceptionally strong.

Iga Świątek is currently the best tennis player in the world and this year she won three WTA tournaments. Magda Linnett won the WTA 500 doubles championship in Charleston, playing in the singles quarterfinals, and is ranked 56th. Magdalena Fręch is ranked 87th on the WTA Tour. We also have three doubles in the WTA Top 100 – Linette (26th WTA), Świątek (49th WTA), Alicja Rosolska (59th WTA).

So what can Polish women do at the BJK Cup? – The team is strong but complete on one condition. If we can win the match against Romania in our favour, we will play in the final tournament at the end of the year. Then the question arises – will we play with the full squad? If so, we can count on good results and successes. But we don’t know that yet. I am not looking this far in the future. I focus on what is here and now – said Entrea before the game with Romania, captain David Sylt.

– There has never been a situation like this before and we have never been as favourite as it is now – we have three girls in the WTA Top 100 rankings. Now it should only get better. Maybe we have a team to win the final? – said Polish racket No. 3, Magdalena Froch.

Olgerd Kwiatkowski

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