Berlin: Reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber will miss Germany's Fed Cup play-off tie against Latvia this weekend because of an illness, the German Tennis Federation confirmed Wednesday.
Germany hope to retain their World Group status in an indoor hard-court play-off in Riga on Friday and Saturday, but they will have to do so without their star player.
Kerber had been struggling to recover from a protracted bout of flu and confirmed that she was under doctor's orders not to play this weekend.
"I am disappointed and sad to miss the Latvia tie. Even though I can't be there with them, I am in contact with the team and I am sure that the girls will triumph in the play-off," Kerber, ranked fifth in the world, said in a statement.
Team captain Jens Gerlach has nominated Mona Barthel, ranked 85 places below Kerber, as the replacement on the German team.
"The whole team wishes Angie a quick recovery and we hope to see her on court again soon," said Gerlach
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Updated Date: Apr 17, 2019 15:32:34 IST