Billie Jean King Cup Play-Offs 2023: Preview, teams, schedule and how to watch
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Find out everything you need to know about Great Britain’s Play-Off tie against Sweden in the Billie Jean King Cup.
Where is Great Britain vs Sweden taking place?
Great Britain’s Play-Off tie against Sweden will take place at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between 11-12 November.
Great Britain last played a Billie Jean King Cup match at the Copper Box in 2019, when a team led by Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter defeated Kazakhstan in an emphatic 3-1 victory in front of 11,000 fans.
Great Britain vs Sweden team selection
|Captain: Anne Keothavong||Captain: Johanna Larsson|
Katie Boulter (world No.58)
|Kajsa Rinaldo Persson (world No.372)|
Jodie Burrage (world No.93; Doubles world No.149)
|Caijsa Hennemann (world No.532)|
Harriet Dart (world No. 138; Doubles world No.156)
|Lisa Zaar (world No.824)|
Heather Watson (world No.169; Doubles world No.88)
|Bella Bergkvist Larsson (world No.1105)|
|Maia Lumsden (doubles world No.74)|
Information regarding the draws will be available soon.
How to watch Great Britain vs Sweden
The Play-Offs will follow the same format as the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers, with each tie consisting of five rubbers.
Action on day one (Saturday 11 November) will get underway at 14:00 – with two singles matches scheduled.
Day two (Sunday 12 November) will start at 12:00 – with a possible three matches being played, two singles and one doubles.
Great Britian return to Billie Jean King Cup action with another tie on home soil. Following their defeat to France in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers back in April, the Brits will be looking to bounce back with a victorious performance against the Swedes.
Boulter returns to lead the charge, having enjoyed one of the best seasons of her career. Since competing in GB’s qualifying tie against France, the British No.1 has picked up her maiden WTA title at the Rothesay Open Nottingham and reached a career-high ranking of world No.50.
In contention to make her Billie Jean King Cup debut, Burrage has been called up to represent the Brits for the first time in her career, following a standout year. Like Boulter, Burrage has reached a career high ranking of world No.85 this year, and recently clinched her first WTA doubles title at the Transylvania Open alongside Jill Teichmann.
Completing the British contingent is Dart and Watson, who have both sealed doubles titles recently at the W100 Shrewsbury and W40 Quinta do Lago respectively, while Lumsden was announced as the final player of the team on Monday 6 November.
Meanwhile, Sweden are four-time Billie Jean King Cup quarter-finalists, having reach the last eight of the competition in 1970, 1977, 1980 and 1998. The nation booked their spot in the Play-Offs after topping their group at the Europe/Africa Group I event in Antalya, Turkey back in April, where they won five of their six ties.
The two nations have faced each other six times in the tournament’s history, with the tie currently being level at 3-3. Their most recent meeting came at the 2012 Billie Jean King Cup Play-Offs where Sweden eased to a 4-1 victory over a British team comprised of Laura Robson, Watson, Elena Baltacha and Keothavong.
Tickets are still available to buy for Great Britain vs Sweden, with prices starting from as little as £5 for children and £10 for adults.