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Great Britain’s Fed Cup Team announced for opening tie in Estonia

08/01/2018

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Great Britain's Fed Cup team for Europe/Africa Group I tie

Great Britain’s Fed Cup Team captain Anne Keothavong has named the team who will travel to Tallinn, Estonia, in February to compete in the Europe/Africa Group I tie.

The team features British No.1 Johanna Konta, No.2 Heather Watson, No.4 Katie Boulter and doubles star Anna Smith.

Name

Age

Ranking

Ties played

Johanna Konta 26 9 15
Heather Watson 25 74 27
Katie Boulter 21 196 0
Anna Smith 29 52 (doubles) 5

The 2018 Europe/Africa Zone Group I

The Tallink Tennis Centre will once again play host to the Europe/Africa Zone Group I competition and will welcome 14 teams. With countries such as Latvia and Poland in contention, the Brits could find themselves up against reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and former world No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska.

The draw will be announced on Monday 15 January, with the action set to commence on Wednesday 7 February through to Friday 9 when two pools of (3) nations and two pools of (4) nations will battle against one another.   

Then on Saturday 10, the winner of Pool A will play the winner of Pool C or D, with the winner of Group B playing the other group winner. The winners of these matches will then advance to the World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April.

Last year, Great Britain booked their place in April’s play-offs following triumph over Portugal, Latvia and Turkey, and will be hoping to replicate their performance in a bid to secure a spot in the Fed Cup World Group level for the first time since 1993. 

Quote from the captain

Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong said: “We are as determined as ever to begin our 2018 GB Fed Cup Campaign. I am delighted to nominate our strongest possible team.

“The format as usual is brutal but Talinn was very good to us last year where who can forget the drama of Jo and Heather winning the deciding doubles from 3-all in the third? 

“We have a nice mixture of experience in Jo, Heather and Anna, plus youth with Katie Boulter making her Fed Cup debut. We can’t wait to get started!”

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