This will be the second appearance of the Polish team in the BJKC final, and they made their debut in this event in November last year in Glasgow, where the second edition of the tournament was held (the first in 2021 was in Prague). They arrived in a very strong group and lost – after decisive doubles matches with the teams of the USA and the Czech Republic, 1:2.
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In singles, the two points for Biało-Czerwoni were won by Magda Linette (AZS Poznań), ranked 51st in the WTA, beating top-ranked rivals – American Madison Keys (11th in the world) and former leader of the Czech Republic. ranking Karolina Pliskova (33rd in the WTA). The team also included: Magdalena Fręch (PZT Team/KS Górnik Bytom), Katarzyna Kawa (BKT Advantage Bielsko Biała), Alicja Rosolska (KT Warszawianka) and Martyna Kubka (PZT Team/Central Tennis Club Grodzisk Mazowiecki).
In the current season, in mid-April, the Poles lost 1:3 in qualifying for the BJKC final with Kazakhstan, whose leader was seventh in the WTA rankings Jelena Rybakina (she is now fourth) . Before this match, health problems eliminated Iga Świątek and Fręch from the national team, then Linette, Weronika Falkowska (PZT Team/KS Górnik Bytom), Rosolska and a talented junior Weronika Ewald (PZT Team/Gdańska Akademia Tennisowa GAT) traveled to Astana. . The point of the last duel was scored by the double Falkowska-Rosolska.
After the Glasgow tournament, some places in the final of the BJKCup 2023 in Seville were held by the winners of the Swiss trophy and their last rivals from the previous edition – the Australians. These two teams were seeded in Wednesday’s draw in London as No.1 and No.2, respectively, with the Spanish No.3 and French No.4 teams in the top spots in the groups.
The following teams were drawn from the second pot: the Czech Republic, Canada, Kazakhstan and Italy, and from the third – with the exception of Poland honored by the ITF “wild card” – the teams of Germany, Slovenia and the United States.
Results of the group draw for the 2023 BJKC Finals in Seville (7-12 November):
Group A: Switzerland, Czech Republic, United States;
Group B: Australia, Kazakhstan, Slovenia;
Group C: Spain, Canada, Poland;
Group D: France, Italy, Germany;
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