Fed Cup: Belarus and Germany 1-1

Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus returns a ball to Antonia Lottner of Germany during the Fed Cup World Group first round match between Belarus and Germany in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Antonia Lottner of Germany celebrates winning a point against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus during the Fed Cup World Group first round match between Belarus and Germany in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Tatjana Maria of Germany reacts after missing point against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during the Fed Cup World Group first round match between Belarus and Germany in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates winning a point against Tatjana Maria of Germany during the Fed Cup World Group first round match between Belarus and Germany in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

MINSK, Belarus — Belarus and Germany finished 1-1 after the opening singles of their Fed Cup World Group tie on Saturday.

After Aryna Sabalenka beat Tatjana Maria, playing her first tie for Germany in seven years, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, Belarus would have expected to go 2-0 up.

But Antonia Lottner, making her Fed Cup debut for Germany, upset Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked more than 100 spots higher, 7-5, 6-4.

"I feel amazing," Lottner said. "I was so nervous, my pulse must have been 200 (bpm)."

Sasnovich was gracious in defeat, and captain Eduard Dubrou said she was playing ill. She was set to see a doctor.

She's scheduled to play the first reverse singles on Sunday, and the doubles with Sabalenka. The pair led Belarus last year to its first final.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko attended on Saturday.

"When you know the president is in the stands," Sabalenka said, "you want to show him your best tennis."

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