The dream is over. The Belgian tennis team was defeated by France in Liège, 0-3 after 3 of the 5 matches.
Things had started off the wrong way yesterday, when Alison Van Uytvanck was defeated by Caroline Garcia in 3 sets. Elise Mertens, the world's number 21, made her big debut for the Belgian team in the second match but failed to move past in-form Alizé Cornet, who came out on top in straight sets, 6-7, 2-6. The opening set was a hard battle in which Mertens failed to take several opportunities, which may have been a mental blow.
In today's first game, all pressure was on Mertens' shoulders when she needed a win to keep Belgium in the game. However, Garcia, the world's number 19, proved too strong: 2-6, 3-6.
Belgium will now have to play Romania in April, in a play-off tie to stay in the World Group.