Swiss Jil Teichmann labels Russia BJK Cup team as ‘cheaters’

Swiss Jil Teichmann labeled Russia Billie Jean King Cup as “cheaters” following the event’s final. 

On Saturday, Russia beat Switzerland 2-0 to win their first Billie Jean King Cup title since 2008. 

In the opening rubber of the tie, Daria Kasatkina beat Teichmann in straight sets. 

Belinda Bencic was projected to meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second rubber of the tie but the top-ranked Russian pulled out of the match 15 minutes before the start. 

Pavlyuchenkova was replaced by Liudmila Samsonova, who stunned Bencic to give Russia the title. 

“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 match. 

A day later, Teichmann revealed how she honestly feels about the situation in a tweet.

Is it a compliment if you’re opponent has to cheat to beat you? 10 min before walk on… 🧐 #BJKFinal@BJKCup @BJKCup_es @swiss_tennis @BelindaBencic

— Jil Teichmann (@jilteichmann) November 7, 2021

The Russians defend themselves from the Bencic, Teichmann criticism

“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 insisted Pavlyuchenkova wanted to play but at the last moment realized she couldn’t. 

“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.

“Our captain he switched the choice, he switched for Liudmila, it happened on the warmup, it didn’t happen yesterday or the day before.”

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