The GB Fed Cup team go to Slovakia this week for their qualifying round against Slovakia. The team consists of Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Naitktha Bains, Katie Swan and Emma Raducanu. The matches are 2 singles, 1 doubles and 2 reverse-singles. All 5 matches will be played though the team with at least 3 wins goes through to the finals.

 

The matches will be indoors on a clay surface. It's going to be a hard week for GB as Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter would have been playing if they were able to.

 

Although the winning country goes through to the finals in Hungary on the 14th to 19th April, it is not clear what happens with the losing country, According to the Fed Cup site the losing countries compete in the play-offs in the same week as the finals; the play-offs also include 8 countries from the various Group 1 rounds so 16 countries in all; the 8 winning countries in the play-offs qualify for next year's qualifiers (the equivalent of this week's qualifiers); the 8 losing countries are effectively relegated back into the Group 1 countries next year. That's what the Fed Cup site seems to be saying. Wiki is saying nothing about play-offs - the 8 losing countries this week are relegated back into the Group 1 countries next year.

So rather confusing.

El Loro
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Matches tomorrow:
Anna Karolina Schmeidlova (ranking 199) v Heather Watson (74)
Viktoria Kuzmova (65) v Harriet Dart (141)
and on Saturday:
Viktoria Kuzmova v Heather Watson
Anna Karolina Schmeidlova v Harriet Dart
Lastly the doubles on Saturday:
Viktoria Kuzmova (30) and Magdalena Rybarikova (980) v

Naiktha Bains (204) and Emma Raducanu (no doubles ranking).
Those are the nominated players though the doubles players may get changed depending on how the singles results go.

El Loro

GB drawn away to Mexico (GB has generally been drawn away over the years rather then at home so as usual it's another away visit). Means that Mexico have the advantage of choice of venue and surfacs and a home crowd.

 

At present GB have a world ranking of 14 and Mexico 26. Tie is played 17 and 18 April. Winner goes through to the qualifiers round in 2021, loser drops back down to the respective Group 1 groups (those are the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa - as more countries play in the Europe/Africa group that group is split in two sub-groups).

 

Although Anne Keothavong will try to encourage Johanna Konta to be in the Fed Cup team, it's not helped by players wanting to be playing on clay courts in Europe in preparation for the French Open in May. Johanna Konta was in 3 tournaments on clay in the run up to the French Open but the first wasn't until late April.

El Loro
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Heather Watson is up to 49th in the new rankings. In the Race Singles rankings (which are based just on the current year, she's now 17th.

 

She and Johanna Konta are in another tournament this week in Mexico. In the first round Heather is against Tatjana Maria (one of her regular doubles parttners) and Kim Clijsters agsinst Johama. The winners meet in the second round.

El Loro

Johanna Konta beat Tatjana Maria 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. She plays Anastasia Potapova in the quarter-finals in Mexico.

 

Lesia Tsurenko beat Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-3 in the second round match at Indian Wells.

 

The Open at India Wells runs from March 11 to 22. That's followed by the Miami Open. Those are premier mandatory tournaments, so one stop down from the Grand Slam events. Ranking points are based on a player's best results of any 16 tournaments but the Grand Slam and premier mandatory tournaments are included in that 16 even if the player didn't play in that tournament.

El Loro