Johanna Konta excited ahead of Fed Cup debut for Great Britain

Johanna Konta admits that she is looking forward to her Fed Cup debut for Great Britain in Argentina this weekend

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Johanna Konta will make her Fed Cup debut this weekend Photo: Marianne Bevis

Johanna Konta has admitted that she is looking forward to her Fed Cup debut for Great Britain in Argentina this weekend.

With Heather Watson absent, world No164 Konta will play two singles matches alongside Laura Robson in Buenos Aires.

Konta, who has been chosen ahead of Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha for the singles ties, said: “I’m looking forward to the match.

“I’m very excited – I like having a crowd and like the adrenalin of it so I am very much looking forward to it.”

Great Britain captain Judy Murray has praised an “improving” Konta, and believes the occasion will be a “baptism of fire” for the 21-year-old.

She said: “It’s disappointing for Heather that she couldn’t make the trip with us, we hope that she will be back soon. You always miss a player ranked around 40 in the world and we wish her a speedy recovery.”

With the match played on the clay surface of Parque Roca, Murray admits that the conditions will favour the home nation.

She added: “It is going to be a tricky tie for us. Playing away is never easy but particularly here where the conditions of the court will be slow and the balls very heavy.

“The Argentines grow up on clay so they are very comfortable on the surface.”

But she is “very happy” with her team and eager for them to secure promotion to World Group II with a victory this weekend.

“It’s really important for us to get a win because it would mean that in 2014 we would have three home or away ties in the World Group which would just be huge in terms of growing the profile of the Fed Cup and women’s tennis in Britain.”

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