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Tennis: Great Britain beat Croatia in Fed Cup

February 7, 2011

Great Britain’s women have finished fifth in the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group One after a 2-0 play-off win over Croatia in Israel on Saturday.

Heather Watson beat Silvia Njiric 6-2 7-5 before Elena Baltacha saw off Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-3.

After the match Watson said:

“It was a bit of a tough match and won of those winning ugly matches, I haven’t really got the feel while I’ve been here but I think the factor today was the wind – it was pretty windy and tough conditions, but it was the same for both players.

“She got better as the match went on. I know her as we came up through juniors together so I knew how she played and her style of play but I’d never actually played her in juniors so it was nice to play her here.

“It feels great to get a win here for the team and give ourselves a strong start going into Bally’s match. She’s great and it’s brilliant to see her back on court.”

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With GB taking an unassailable lead in the best-of-three tie, it was decided not to play the doubles rubber.

Baltacha, who has struggled recently with a knee problem, said it was “lovely to be back on court”.

The British number one wrote on her Twitter page “Always a privilege to have Great Britain on my back – loved it.”

Post match Baltacha said:

“I’m very happy with that result. I loved it out there today – I was so looking forward to competing with the team and representing my country. I really value that and I probably don’t have many years left in Fed Cup, so it was nice to get out there for the team. I’d never played her before but I knew she could be dangerous.

“Preparation for this tie has been superb and I was really looking forward to being here. I was flying; my form has been unbelievable and so it was a shame to get the niggle in my knee.

“Overall it’s been a great experience and I am so pleased to secure fifth place for GB.”

Kim Mogg, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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