The Swiss outdid themselves at the BJK Cup. SRF expert Patty Schnyder also praises captain Heinz Günthardt.
That the Swiss team, after last year’s disappointment, fulfilled its prophecy and belatedly captured the Billie Jean King Cup was surprising given the dominance (they did not lose a single one of the 8 singles matches in the entire week) – and at the same time, No.
The devil is in the details – and in the red dress
Belinda Bencicová and Viktorija Golubic showed with gold in singles and silver in doubles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year that they can still improve under the Swiss cross. This year Bencicová lost to Leylah Fernandez at the French Open and Karolína Plíšková at the US Open – in Scotland she has now defeated the Canadian and the Czech in two sets.
Jil Teichmann has lost 12 of 17 matches since the round of 16 in Paris in June, but has won both of her matches at the Billie Jean King Cup, as has Golubic. Before every Swiss gig in Glasgow, Lo & Leduc sang ‘Tüüfu im rote Chleid’ over the loudspeakers – and the song they chose couldn’t have fit better. When the Swiss women don their national colors, they just play devilishly well.
Schnyder praises the “sensitive” Günthardt
For SRF tennis expert Patty Schnyder, it is also clear that captain Heinz Günthardt played a significant role in the historic success. “He made tactical changes, looked at the players well and had a lot of conversations. He was sensitive to his team,” praises Schnyder, who lost the final against Spain in 1998 together with Martina Hingisová – back then it was still in the Fed Cup, as the competition used to be called.
“Günthardt always manages to get the most out of his players. He has developed a good combination of listening, prompting and confidence building. There was also a plan to return Teichmann to the final after Golubic’s two victories,” adds commentator Manuel Köng. It attests to Günthardt’s high level of credibility, which allows him to justify difficult decisions to the players.
Günthardt himself downplayed his own influence: “There were no bad options. Who knows if we wouldn’t have won anyway.” The fact that Teichmann and Golubic were able to present themselves was certainly a great value for team leader Bencic. After all, it is easier to play with a 1:0 lead behind.
With the triumph in Glasgow, the women closed the last gap in the palmarès of tennis Switzerland. Switzerland has blossomed into a tennis powerhouse over the past 30 years.
Whether Grand Slam titles (28 singles, 16 doubles), Davis Cup (1), Olympic victories (1 singles, 1 doubles), ATP finals (6), WTA finals (2), Hopman Cup (4) – everything was won by players from Switzerland, on Sunday, as the last piece of the puzzle, the Billie Jean King Cup, the former Fed Cup.