The victory of the Billie Jean King Cup by team Russia was accompanied by quite a few controversies especially by the rival nation, Switzerland, in the person of Belinda Bencic. The Olympic champion was defeated in the decisive match for the delivery of the trophy by Liudmila Samsonova, who followed up the success of countrywoman Daria Kasatkina over Jil Teichmann allowing Russia to win the final.
However, Bencic's opponent should have been Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who, however, felt pain in her knee and gave her place to Samsonova about 15 minutes before the start of the match. This last-minute change was frowned upon by the Swiss tennis player, who allegedly accused Russia of playing dirty.
"It was bad," she said.
Bencic-Pavlyuchenkova controversy: the Russian responds
The response of the Russian national team was not long in coming, primarily from Pavlyuchenkova herself, who however limited herself to describing her physical problem: "I felt it already last night, but I wanted to try my best and I tried this morning during the warm-up and I still thought I could do it, but I couldn't even serve, so that was the decision."
They followed the statements of countrywoman Veronika Kudermetova: "It happened at the last moment. Because Nastia felt good, she had three good games, very good quality and she wanted to play today because she is the first player on our team.
She tried to warm up and she started to feel her knee and it is worse it started to get worse, he couldn't help, he couldn't jump. Our captain changed the choice, he changed for Liudmila, it happened during the warm-up, it didn't happen yesterday or the day before."
Ultimately, the one who made the change Pavlyuchenkova-Samsonova, or the captain of Russia Igor Andreev, intervened: "I think the rule is there, I think it's right." Below you can read the Tweet posted by Jil Teichmann about the the issue: