Poland has confirmed that southern Bytom will host the Brazil-Poland play-off of the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas on April 16-17. Originally scheduled for April 17-18, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was postponed to February 5-6 and again for April 16-17, 2021.
It will be the second historic clash between the nations. Brazil won the only clash between the countries in Tokyo in 1989 with Luciana Tella and Gisele Miro defeating Magdalena Mroz and Katarzyna Novak in consecutive sets. The play-offs will bring together 16 nations – the eight losers from the 2020 Qualifiers and the eight winners from the Group I regional groups – whose goal is to secure a spot for the 2022 Qualifiers, the preamble to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals. 2022.
The Poles, on a five-series winning streak, won their Group I series against Denmark, Ukraine, Slovenia, Turkey and Sweden. Their last defeat was at the hands of Russia led by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in February 2019.
Brazil hopes to bounce back from their last defeats against Slovakia, in April 2019, and Germany in the February qualifiers. In the Brazilian team will be a good insurance Beatriz Haddad Maia, 24, made her debut in the Billie Jean King Cup with only 16 years.
Since taking up the racket for the first time with the national team at the Graciosa Country Club, Curitiba, in 2012, the São Paulo team has played 28 games in 17 series. He is trying to move up the rankings after his suspension for doping. The Billie Jean King Cup takes place between 2020-21 due to the impact of COVID-19.
The competition will resume its annual format in 2022.