Belarus beat the Netherlands and for the first time in history entered the Fed Cup semifinals. The quarterfinals took place on 11-12 February at Chizhovka-Arena in Minsk.
Belarus 4:1 Netherlands
Alexandra Sasnovich - Michaëlla Krajicek - 4:6, 6:3, 6:2.
Aryna Sabalenka - Kiki Bertens - 6:3, 6:7 (6:8), 4:6.
Alexandra Sasnovich - Kiki Bertens - 6:3, 6:4.
Aryna Sabalenka - Michaëlla Krajicek - 7:6 (7:5), 6:4.
Olga Govortsova / Vera Lapko - Cindy Berger / Arantxa Rus - 6:4, 6:2.
Before going to court the girls met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Of course, I did not come to teach you, I'll probably less versed in tennis. I just came so that you don't worry. Do not worry. I do not want to say that you must go to court and forget everything, it is not possible for an athlete. You played yesterday, so why be excited, why worry? There should not be any excitement. The main thing: do not overload yourself with emotions. Play your game as if you are in the final training session.
The decisive victory in the fourth match was hard. Emotions ran high in the stands. Support of the stands and the head of state did their job.
Aryna Sabalenka got together and finished the match off with a bright victory.
Aryna Sabalenka, member of the women's tennis team of Belarus:
So many supporters! It's incredible courage. I dont know what I can say, I have a lot of emotions. Thanks to everyone who supported us. Thank you all! So many emotions!
A few days ago, the best Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka announced the start of training and she might return to professional tennis in a couple of months.