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Kerber out of Fed Cup play-off with infection

AFP  |  Berlin 

Reigning champion will miss Germany's play-off tie against this weekend because of an illness, the German Federation confirmed Wednesday.

hope to retain their World Group status in an indoor hard-court play-off in on Friday and Saturday, but they will have to do so without their star

Kerber had been struggling to recover from a protracted bout of and confirmed that she was under doctor's orders not to play this weekend.

"I am disappointed and sad to miss the tie," Kerber, ranked fifth in the world, said in a statement.

"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."

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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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 20:10 IST