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Latvia vs Germany Fed Cup tennis live streaming, preview and predictions: Germany lead 2-0 leading into day two in Riga

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 20 Apr 2019
  • Latvia host Germany in a play-off for World Group status, 19-20 April 2019
  • The hosts look to Jelena Ostapenko while Julia Goerges leads Germany in the absence of Angelique Kerber
  • Latvia vs Germany is live from Riga Arena from 3pm local/1pm BST on Saturday 20 April
Latvia must rely on Jelena Ostapenko when they take on Germany in the Fed Cup World Group play-offs, 19-20 April (PA Sport)

Latvia look to Jelena Ostapenko as they host Germany in the Fed Cup World Group play-offs from 19-20 April.

A depleted German side led by Julia Goerges and missing Angelique Kerber will still be favourites to retain World Group status for 2020 as they face off with Latvia, who are missing Anastasija Sevastova and relying heavily on the out-of-form Jelena Ostapenko, in the World Group play-offs in Riga from 19-20 April.

Latvia vs Germany: Latest results

Day one: Friday 19 April

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), 7-5, 6-4
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Diana Marcinkevica (LAT), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Latvia vs Germany: Match schedule

Day one: Friday 19 April

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER), 4pm local/2pm BST
Diana Marcinkeva (LAT) vs Julia Goerges (GER), to follow

Day two: Saturday 20 April

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs Julia Goerges (GER), 3pm local/1pm BST
Diana Marcinkeva (LAT) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER), to follow
Jelena Ostapenko/Daniela Vismane (LAT) vs Mona Barthel/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER), to follow

Latvia vs Germany: Preview & Predictions

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs Julia Goerges (GER)

If Latvia are to have any hope of winning the tie, Jelena Ostapenko must bounce back from a narrow defeat to beat Germany's top player Julia Goerges.

Ostapenko was visibly extremely upset after losing in straight sets to the experienced Andrea Petkovic, especially after having served for the first set and battling back from 1-4 down in the second to 4-5, only to drop serve to lose 5-7, 4-6. But her vulnerable serve and propensity for unforced errors were her undoing, as the pressure of playing in front of the Riga Arena crowd and shouldering all the home side's hopes in the absence of Anastasija Sevastova clearly got to her.

Now Ostapenko will have to open Saturday's play knowing that if she loses, Latvia's hopes of reaching the World Group for the first time are over - but she'll take comfort from the fact that Diana Marcinkevica, the world no. 267, managed to take a set from Goerges on Friday. The big-serving German veteran steadied, but unlike Petkovic she won't make Ostapenko hit too many balls and the Latvian can salvage some pride with a win on Saturday.

Diana Marcinkeva (LAT) vs Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Unfortunately for Latvia it doesn't seem in the least likely that world no. 267 Diana Marcinkevica will be able to get the fourth rubber on the board for the home side even if Ostapenko can extend the tie. Marcinkevica played well above her usual level - she hasn't played a WTA Tour-level match all year - to take a set from Goerges but succumbed in three and the experienced Andrea Petkovic, who plays some of her best tennis in Fed Cup, can be relied upon to seal the win for the visitors.

Latvia vs Germany: Tie information

Location: Riga, Latvia

Venue: Arena Riga

Surface: Indoor hard

Latvia: Jelena Ostapenko, Diana Marcinkevica, Daniela Vismane, Patricija Sparka, Adrians Zguns (captain)

Germany: Julia Goerges, Andrea Petkovic, Mona Barthel, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jens Gerlach (captain)

The German team in Riga (PA Sport)
Germany are trying to ensure they retain their place in the World Group for a seventh straight year, having suffered a fairly humiliating 0-4 defeat to Belarus at home in Braunschweig in the first round, with the absence of Angelique Kerber leaving them vulnerable despite the best efforts of Tatjana Maria, Andrea Petkovic and Laura Siegemund.

Latvia, meanwhile, romped over Slovakia 4-0, led by former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and top-15 player Anastasija Sevastova, to give themselves a chance to feature in the World Group for the first time.

Both teams suffered blows in the lead-up to this Fed Cup World Group play-off, however, as the top players for both Germany and Latvia were forced to pull out. World no. 5 Angelique Kerber had to bow out due to viral illness, being replaced by world no. 90 Mona Barthel. But Latvia have fared worse - a back injury to world no. 13 Anastasija Sevastova has left them almost completely reliant on world no. 29 Jelena Ostapenko, backed up by world no. 267 Diana Marcinkeva and the talented but completely untried world no. 645 Daniela Vismane. Ostapenko will realistically need to win both her singles and play a big role in the deciding doubles if Latvia are to deliver victory for the home side against Germany, who can still boast three top-100 players (and experienced Fed Cup veterans at that) even without Kerber.

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Latvia vs Germany Fed Cup tennis live streaming, preview and predictions: Germany lead 2-0 leading into day two in Riga

Latvia vs Germany live streaming, preview and predictions for the Fed Cup World Group play-off tie on 19-20 April 2019: A shock loss for Jelena Ostapenko on the opening day leave the hosts trailing 0-2 as Julia Goerges has an opportunity to seal World Group status for Germany in 2020

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