Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta won her match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Harriet Dart and Katie Swan won the doubles 6-1, 6-4.

 

Today it's GB v Hungary. Whichever country comes out top will go through to tomorrow's. GB will be favourites but Hungary is stronger than Slovenia or Greece. Timea Babos isn't in the Hungarian team and will improve GB's chances as she's the world number 1 in doubles.

Extremely Fluffy Fluffy Thing posted:
El Loro posted:

By the way, one of the commentators on the matches on that Facebook page is Laura Robson.

Purely a personal thing, but I won't touch FB with a bargepole!

Neither would I. You don't need to sign in or be a member of Facebook to be able to watch the matches though.

Both of yesterday's singles matches went the distance. Eventually Katie Boulter won her match 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) as did Johanna Konta 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-4). The doubles match wasn't needed as a result.

 

GB faces Serbia today. The two teams are fairly close in the rankings.

Although the doubles is pencilled in for Harriet Dart & Katie Swan, it's possible that if Johanna Konta were to lose her match then Katie Boulter could replace one of them in the doubles (presumably Katie Swan as her doubles ranking is 610 compared to Harriet Dart 109 though Katie's ranking isn't that much better at 442). Johanna Konta's doubles ranking is 110 though.

Johanna Konta was able to win her match 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-2 despite feeling unwell during it and between the 2nd & 3rd sets was seen lying on the floor and was helped to get back on her feet.

 

The doubles match wasn't required.

 

So GB through to the promotion play-offs in April.

Draw for April's play-offs to be made today:
Russia (seeded 1)  (ranking 13)
Netherlands (seeded 2) (ranking 14)
GB (seeded 3) (ranking up 3 places to 15)
Slovakia (seeded 4) (ranking 16)
Japan (ranking 17)
Italy (ranking 18)
Kazakhstan (ranking 19)
Brazil (ranking 21)

GB will be hoping for another home tie.

Laura Robson has resumed playing tennis after an 8 month absence due to injury and recovering from a hip operation. ITF events for the time being as she gets back into things. Hopefully she'll be able to continue without more setbacks. She's 25 so there's still time.

The same five players, Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Swan, have been named for the Fed Cup World Group II playoff against Kazakhstan in London on the 20th and 21st. If GB win, they will be back in the World Group II for the first time since 1993.

The format of the playoffs during the weekend is two singles on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the two reverse singles though if one country wins both Saturday's singles and the first reverse singles on Sunday the second reverse singles isn't played. The doubles match is after these and gets played whether ot not it's a deciding match.

 

GB's singles players are likely to be Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter, Kazakshtan's Yulia Putintseva and Zarina Diyas. The doubles players could depend as to whether it's a deciding or dead match. Heather Watson is GB's strongest doubles player, Harriet Dart and Johanna Konta fairly close to each other in doubles rankings. Kazakhstan's doubles players probably Anna Danilina and Galina Voskoboeva (who is a doubles specialist and on a par with Heather Watson).

The Fed Cup schedule for the weekend is as I expected.
Today the first singles is Johanna Konta v Zarina Diyas and the second is Katie Boulter v Yulia Putintseva (the toughest match of the weekend for GB).
Tomorrow it's Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva followed potentially by Katie Boulter v Zarina Diyas.
The last match is the doubles Heather Watson & Harriet Dart v Anna Danilina & Galina Voskoboeva.

 

Start times are 13.30 today and 12.00 tomorrow.

And Katie Boulter has beaten Zarina Diyas in 3 sets which means that GB are promoted to the World Group II for the first time in 26 years

 

Although Heather Watson hasn't played any of the Fed Cup singles this year she does have a significant effect on the GB team in creating team work.

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