Fed Cup 2019: Konta, Boulter, Dart, Swan, Watson lead GB in bid to reach World Group II
The LTA has confirmed the squad to represent Great Britain in the Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Kazakhstan
• Easter Fed Cup action also includes World Group semi-finals, featuring Simona Halep, Caroline Garcia, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka
• Plus World Group Play-offs, featuring Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko, and Garbine Muguruza
The LTA has confirmed the squad to represent Great Britain in the Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Kazakhstan over the Easter weekend, 20/21 April, at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The GB team, which is led by captain Anne Keothavong, will comprise:
· Johanna Konta, ranked 47
· Katie Boulter, 88
· Heather Watson, 116
· Harriet Dart, 135
· Katie Swan, 169
Their opponents are:
· Yulia Putintseva, ranked 38
· Zarina Diyas, 104
· Anna Danilina, 371
· Galina Voskoboeva, 63 (doubles)
GB is looking for a return to World Group II for the first time since 1993. Commenting on her selections Keothavong said:
“I’m delighted to name our strongest possible team to represent Great Britain at the Copper Box Arena in 10 days’ time against Kazakhstan. It promises to be a memorable occasion as we aim to reach the World Group level for the first time since 1993.
“There is little to separate the two teams in terms of rankings, but I’m confident the home fans will give all our players an inspirational lift just like we had in Bath in February. It’s also very important to our team to open up our sport to new fans and increase awareness of tennis at different times of the year.”
GB Fed Cup facts and figures
· GB is currently ranked No15 of 104 nations, with Kazakhstan four places lower at No19.
· GB qualified from the Euro-Africa Zone Group 1 round-robin and knock-out stages in Bath after winning all 10 rubbers played.
· GB has never won the Fed Cup, though this will be their fifth World Group II play-off in the last eight years. GB narrowly lost to Japan 3-2 in 2018.
· GB is one of only four nations to have competed in every Fed Cup competition.
· The most prolific winner for GB was Virginia Wade, 57 ties over a period of 17 years, winning 66 rubbers.
Fed Cup in GB
Play starts on Saturday, 20 April at 1.30pm and on Sunday at 12 noon, and will be broadcast by BT Sport. In addition, all matches will be streamed live on the LTA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelta1.
Ticket prices start from £6 for children under 16 and £12 for adults. To purchase tickets or to access more information about the Fed Cup team, head to www.lta.org.uk/FedCup.
Other World Group action
World Group semi-finals
France vs Romania: Rouen, France (clay indoor)
Australia vs Belarus: Brisbane, Australia (hard outdoor)
World Group Play-offs
Czech Republic vs Canada: Prostejov, Czech Rep (clay indoor)
USA vs Switzerland: San Antonio, USA (hard indoor)
Latvia vs Germany: Riga, Latvia (hard indoor)
Belgium vs Span: Kortrijk, Belgium (hard indoor)
World Group II Play-offs
GB vs Kazakhstan: London, GB (hard indoor)
Russia vs Italy: Moscow, Russia (clay indoor)
Japan vs Netherlands: Osaka, JPN (hard outdoor)
Slovakia vs Brazil: Bratislava, Slovakia (clay indoor)