Fed Cup: Great Britain hope Bath crowd can inspire success

Britain’s Harriet Stir will produce her debut at this year’s Fed Cup
Fed Cup 2019
Venue: University of Bathtub Dates: 6-9 February 2019
Protection: BBC web arena can possess are living textual philosophize material commentaries on chosen GB matches from 16:30 GMT on Wed-Fri.

Broad Britain’s Fed Cup crew are hoping that playing in entrance of a dwelling crowd for the first time in 26 years can encourage them to pause a painful most traditional file.

They’ll wait for a sell-out crowd in Bathtub this week when they host an eight-crew Europe/Africa round-robin event.

GB were caught in the third tier of the ladies folks’s crew tennis competition since 1993 and play-off defeats in four of the previous eight years possess ended their promotion bids at the closing hurdle.

“These losses surely misfortune,” Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong informed BBC Sport.

While Britain’s men possess enjoyed dwelling ties in the Davis Cup, along side in 2015 when they gained the title, the ladies folks possess played in 15 assorted countries since their closing dwelling match in Nottingham in Might perhaps perhaps 1993.

“Confidently this would possibly additionally be huge for the reason that gamers possess repeatedly spoken about how grand they desire to play in entrance of a dwelling crowd,” Keothavong talked about.

“We possess viewed with the boys – the Davis Cup crew – how the crew has been in a spot to encourage those guys when they’re out there on the court and I’m hoping for the identical for the ladies folks.”

Faded world amount 1 and three-time Sizable Slam champion Andy Murray talked about in January that he’s going to be retiring this year, and when requested if the Fed Cup crew would possibly lift the mood of British tennis fans mute reeling from that announcement, Keothavong spoke back: “I am hoping so.

“Andy has been a huge supporter of ladies folks’s tennis and girls folks in sport and I’m obvious he’s going to be following how the crew pause very carefully.

“I am hoping everyone will get to behold the British ladies folks giving it their absolute simplest, twiddling with their all and fervour out there. They possess ready basically the simplest they’ll and are in basically the simplest shape that you just will factor in.”

GB’s round-robin matches
Wednesday, 6 February: Broad Britain v Slovenia (16:30 GMT)
Thursday, 7 February: Broad Britain v Greece (16:30)
Friday, 8 February: Broad Britain v Hungary (16:30)
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Who is in the British crew?

Keothavong has picked her strongest crew of Britain’s top five gamers, along side amount 1 Johanna Konta.

They’re boosted by a solid sprint of produce by 22-year-long-established Katie Boulter, who has this year overtaken Heather Watson as British amount two and on Monday reached a profession-high rating of 83.

Asked if that would possibly perhaps also possess an impress on the crew dynamic, Keothavong talked about: “I understand how aggressive the assorted ladies are so that can spur them on to desire to pause better as correctly – so that that you just can perhaps also possess this knock-on pause.”

Also in the crew are Katie Swan and Harriet Stir, who has dropped actual one dispute beneath her profession-high rating of 121 this week.

Broad Britain are in Group A with Slovenia, Greece and Hungary. While household names are missing, the stiffest assessments tend to realize support in the shape of Greek world amount 38 Maria Sakkari and Hungarian ragged world amount 1 doubles player Timea Babos.

Group B capabilities Serbia, Georgia, Turkey and Croatia, who boast the very splendid-ranked singles player at the event in world amount 25 Donna Vekic.

Broad Britain crewRankingAgeFed Cup appearances
Katie Boulter83222
Harriet Stir122220
Johanna Konta392719
Katie Swan174193
Heather Watson1102631

The stats in the support of Britain’s Fed Cup

  • GB all of their most most traditional dwelling ties in Might perhaps perhaps 1993 – Luxembourg (3-0), Lithuania (3-0), Russia (3-0), Ukraine (3-0) and Turkey (3-0) to technique to the World Group.
  • They possess licensed for the World Group II play-off four cases – in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018.
  • Johanna Konta defeated 2018 US Originate champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in Japan at closing year’s World Group II play-off.
  • Katie Swan grew to become the youngest lady (16 years and 316 days) to portray Britain at this event when she made her debut in 2016.
  • Harriet Stir is making her Fed Cup debut this year.
  • Heather Watson is basically the most skilled member of GB’s crew, having played yearly since 2011.
Katie Swan gained two of her three singles matches at closing year’s Fed Cup after she made her debut in 2016

The ‘brutal’ structure – how does it work?

The eight teams are split into two teams. Every crew plays three round-robin ties in their teams – with every tie comprising two singles and one doubles match.

The crew winners face every assorted on Saturday, with the winner going thru to April’s World Group II play-offs.

That play-off is the golden value to promotion – and it’s at that stage where Britain fell brief in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018.

The World Group in the Fed Cup is split into two divisions of eight teams, which technique the winners of April’s play-off must produce but every other promotion in 2020 so that you just can compete for the title in 2021.

“There would possibly be now not any room for errors, it’s dazzling easy – beat every nation that you just can perhaps also be up against and you fight thru. Lose and there’s nothing for but every other year,” Keothavong talked about.

“Mentally it be refined on the gamers, popping out on a typical foundation, the restoration, doing it correct thru again. Depth phases are high, stress is high, you actual can no longer underestimate any of those components.

“Or no longer it’s a brutal structure,” she added, “The crew achieve so grand into this competition and they honestly desire to pause correctly, and regardless of things no longer going as correctly as we would admire in those play-off matches, we’re mute in a spot to field a corpulent-strength crew and that says it all – they’re support and they’re hungry for added.”

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