Britain handed tricky Ukraine test


Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Great Britain’s Fed Cup team have been drawn in a group with Ukraine, Turkey and Liechtenstein for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I tournament in Budapest next month.

Captain Judy Murray named her team earlier this week, with British number one Heather Watson joined by Johanna Konta and doubles team Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae for the round-robin event, which starts on February 4.

Ukraine are likely to provide Britain with their toughest match as they boast two top-100 players in world number 28 Elina Svitolina and 88th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko.

Watson is currently ranked 50th while Konta, who briefly broke into the top 100 last year, sits 146th.

Neither Turkey nor Liechtenstein should present too many problems for Murray’s team, who are again without Laura Robson as she continues to work her way back to full fitness following wrist surgery.

Should Britain win Group B, they would go forward to a play-off against the winners of Group C, which could well pit them against Belarus and former world number one Victoria Azarenka.

The winners of the play-off then progress to the World Group II play-offs in April.

Britain reached that stage in both 2012 and 2013 but lost to Sweden and Argentina respectively.

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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