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Tennis: GB fall to Switzerland in Fed Cup opener

February 3, 2011

Great Britain were defeated 2-1 by Switzerland yesterday in their opener of the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in Eilat, Israel.

Heather-WatsonWith Elena Baltacha forced out through a minor knee injury, Guernsey-born Heather Watson, 18, was called up to make her Fed Cup debut.

The tie saw Watson, the world no 42, fall 6-1 6-3 to world no 46, Timea Bacsinszky in the first singles match. Whilst she won the first game of the match, it wasn’t enough to hold off the Swiss player, who used all her experience from playing on the senior tour to take the first set 6-1.

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The second set saw Watson brake her opponent’s serve to go 1-0 up, but as the game continued the 21-year-old took control, seeing the last set out 6-3.

With Switzerland dominating, experienced Anne Keothavong, playing her ninth Fed Cup, failed to make it even – losing 6-1 6-2 to current world 42 Patty Schnyder. Again GB won the first game, but Keothavong was broken straight back – losing the first set 6-1 and the second 6-2.

In the doubles Watson and Jocelyn Rae worked hard to prevent an opening day whitewash for team GB, securing a 6-4 6-3 victory against Bacsinszky and Amra Sadikovic.

Whilst the debuting pair were broken in the first set, they broke straight back and it then went with serve until the 10th game when the young Brits broke the Swiss serve to take the first set 6-4. After a tense match, Great Britain held their serve in the seventh game, braking in the 8th to win overall.

After the match Nigel Sears, captain of the AEGON GB Fed Cup team said: “We are hugely disappointed – we were soundly beaten today by a team that played much better than us in the singles. Both the Swiss players are top 50 and Patty (Schnyder) is a former top 10 player, and today they showed why.

“However I’m really happy with the way that Joss and Heather played in the doubles- at least that is some consolation on a pretty rough day.”

Considered the ‘group of death’, Team GB were drawn in Group A of Europe Africa Zone Group I alongside the top seeds Switzerland and Denmark.

Britain must now beat Denmark with world number one Caroline Wozniacki on Friday at 10am local time to have any chance of moving up from Europe/Africa Group I.

For score updates follow @Britishtennis on Twitter.

Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Neale Haynes

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