Stuttgart - For the German Fed Cup team the dream of the first semi-final participation after 17 years in the duel with defending champion Czech Republic has already burst after the third single. Sabine Lisicki lost on Sunday in Stuttgart the top duel against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with 7: 6 (7: 2), 4: 6, 1: 6.
Thus, the German team is in front of the final two matches with 0: 3 in arrears and has no chance of a place among the top four teams of the World Group I. On Saturday Lisicki and Julia Görges had lost their individual in three sets. The team of team principal Barbara Rittner had to renounce the first round Andrea Petkovic (back injury) in the first round match.
Germany must now on 21./22. April 2012 play in a relegation match to the league. The winner will be a World Team II winning team. The draw will take place on 14th February 2012 in London. The DTB team, which had won the title in 1987 and 1992, had risen a total of three times since 2005 and four times and was therefore repeatedly dubbed the elevator team.
The 22-year-old Lisicki was much improved over Iveta Benesova's defeat (6: 2, 4: 6, 2: 6) the day before. In the tiebreak she went in the top duel with Kvitova fast 5-1 in the lead and transformed shortly after 46 minutes the first set ball. Following conceded the world ranking-14. Of course, the break to the loss of the second round.
In the crucial set left-hander Kvitova Lisicki took off the serve to his own 2-0 lead in front of 3, 800 spectators. After a weakness of a spectator the match had to be interrupted for several minutes. Then Lisicki could not use a break chance at the score of 1: 3. The fourth single between Angelique Kerber, replacing Julia Görges, and Benesova, as well as the final doubles, have only statistical significance.