Hungary's Timea Bacszinsky has come to the defence of Russia Billie Jean King Cup, insisting they did nothing against the rules in the final. Swiss Billie Jean King Cup team thought the Russians pulled off a "dirty move" in the final on Saturday.
In the opening rubber of the tie, Daria Kasatkina beat Jil Teichmann to give Russia an early lead. 15 minutes before the start of the following rubber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pulled out and she was replaced by Liudmila Samsonova.
Samsonova ended up stunning Belinda Bencic to seal the victory for Russia. “I think it was ugly to be honest and I just think in the end I think the good will win and we will come back and we will win this title," Bencic said after the final.
Teichmann went even further, labeling Russia BJK Cup as "cheaters."
Bacszinsky insists the Russians did nothing wrong
“The rules state that a player who cannot line up can be replaced.
Russia has not done anything forbidden," Bacszinsky said, per We Love Tennis. "But if Switzerland had won, we wouldn't even have talked about this change. This is not what made the difference." Pavlyuchenkova is the top-ranked Russian tennis player and she insisted she really wanted to play.
“I already felt yesterday evening, but I wanted to try my best, and I tried this morning during warmup and I still believed that I could do it, but I just couldn’t even serve, so that was the decision,” Pavlyuchenkova said.
“I think in sports, especially I’ve been there for a while, I think you have to learn and also accept to lose, and respect." Veronika Kudermetova also insisted Pavlyuchenkova wanted to play. “It happened at the last moment,” said Kudermetova.
“Because Nastia she felt good, she had a good three matches, a very good quality and she wanted to play today because she is the first player in our team, and she tried to warm up and she started to feel the knee and it’s worse, she couldn’t serve, she couldn’t jump."