All square at 1-1 after the first day of the Billie Jean King Cup play-offs in Croatia.
Eva Lys celebrates a magnificent debut to put Porsche Team Germany ahead.
Jule Niemeier, the German No. 1, loses her opening match.
Saturday’s order of play consists of two further singles and the doubles.
Good start for Porsche Team Germany in the Billie Jean King Cup play-offs: with the score at one rubber each after the first day against Croatia, the team is still in with a good chance of remaining in the World Group.
First match – first major surprise: Eva Lys, who is still a Porsche Talent Team member, celebrated a magnificent Porsche Team Germany debut on the opening day of the play-offs in Rijeka. The 20-year-old right-hander, currently the world No. 123, was in brilliant form and fully confident right from the start of her match against Petra Martic. She eventually ran out an impressive 6-1, 6-4 winner against the Croatian No. 1 who is ranked 84 places above her.
Jule Niemeier was not able to take advantage of her teammate’s excellent performance in the second match of the day. The Wimbledon quarterfinalist was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by the 16-year-old world No. 194, Petra Marcinko. She had replaced the injured Donna Vekic at the last moment.
Jule Niemeier will face Petra Martic in the first rubber of the day on Saturday at 2.00 pm CET. It will be followed by the match between Eva Lys and Petra Marcinko. Should a deciding doubles be necessary, Porsche Team Germany will be represented by Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund.