Big disappointment for Belgian women

In tennis, the Belgian Fed Cup team has been stunned by Switzerland. In Bern, Belgium started as the favourites but were whipped 4-1. Belgium is now facing a play-off match to stay in World Group II.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Yanina Wickmayer.

Belgium had got into the second day with a 1-all score. Today, in a clash between the numbers 1 of the two nations, Yanina Wickmayer (WTA-22) was dominated by Romina Oprandi (WTA-67) 6-2, 6-2.

In other action today, Stefanie Vögele downed Alyson Van Uytvanck (6-2, 7-6), who replaced in-form Kirsten Flipkens, taking Switzerland to a 3-1 lead, an unbridgeable gap for the Belgians on the Swiss clay.

Flipkens (WTA-34) had started as one of Belgium's aces, but got injured in yesterday's match against Oprandi which she lost 6-3, 6-3. After leading 3-1, the doubles had no real importance. The Swiss ladies took it, bringing the final score to 4-1.

It's the third consecutive defeat for the Belgian ladies in the Fed Cup team, steered by Anne Devries. Early last year, Belgium was beaten 2-3 by Serbia in World Group I, and 2 months later Japan proved too strong in the play-off match to stay in the world's top group (4-1), which left the Belgian team relegated.