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Mirnyi: Belarusian girls still incredible in Fed Cup final

The Belarusian team do everything they can, and even more. Any tennis player is born with the desire to at least once in life become a part of such an event as the Fed Cup final, and our team managed to do it, said Max Mirny in an interview with the ONT TV Channel.

"I want to believe that this will become a tradition for Belarus to enter Fed Cup finals. At least in the next 5-7 years, while this team will be in its active sporting age, we will still witness such large-scale events," said Mirnyi.

According to the famous tennis player, the last 2-3 years have shown that the Belarusians (Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka) have grown up from "modest and even shy junior girls into experienced wolves" who can fight with the formidable US team at a very decent level.

"Tennis was originally an aristocratic sport, and in today's world it has become much more affordable for Belarus as well, but it requires special expenses. Over the past 5 years, huge funds have been poured into the support of tennis, and Belarus today has sponsorship to develop from the junior level - 12-14 years of age and up to today's players - the main squad of our team. This is a great help," Mirnyi noted.

He added that he fully supported the decision of Belarus' coach Eduard Dubrov to pick Sabalenka and Sasnovich for the final. The subs Lapko and Marozava would not resist the USA that long, he said.

Some experts criticized this approach of Dubrov.

In addition, the tennis season remains the longest of all sports. In order to hold such a match as the Federation Cup final, it is necessary to go through many defeats, which show whether you have character and whether the training system is reliable.

Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich lost to the USA in the 5th rubber, in the doubles match, after the singles did not reveal the winner 2:2. On Saturday, Sasnovich lost to CoCo Vandeweghe, and Sabalenka defeated Stephens. On Sunday, Sabalenka lost to Vandeweghe and Sasnovich defeated Stephens.

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