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Tennis: GB Fed Cup Team announced

January 4, 2012

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has today confirmed the team representing Great Britain to compete in the Fed Cup that will take place from 1-4 February 2012 in Eilat, Israel.

The AEGON GB Team will comprise of Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson with Tara Moore travelling as the reserve player.

2011 was a successful year for the top British female players. Elena Baltacha finished the year inside the world’s top 50 and Anne Keothavong triumphed in her final two tournaments of the year at Ismaning ($50k) and at the AEGON GB Pro-Series Barnstaple ($75k) whilst also reaching the WTA semi-final at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.
Heather Watson broke into the world’s top 100 for the first time of her career, reaching No.87 whilst Laura Robson hit a career high of No.131. Tara Moore also reached a career high of No.310.

Commenting on the selections, GB Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray said, “Our team is an exciting mix of youth and experience. In Elena and Anne we’re lucky to have two established Tour players who are great competitors and so passionate about representing their country. With Heather, Laura and Tara, we have three young and very promising players who will bring a lot of energy to the team and will be looking to make their marks in this event. Our goal is to progress through the group and while we know this will be tough, if we play to our potential, it is achievable.”

Britain’s number two and world No. 72 Anne Keothavong commented, “It’s always an honour to represent your country and Fed Cup is one of the highlights of the year for me. It will be my tenth Fed Cup in Israel and as a team we’re stronger than ever. I’m really looking forward to the competition and I hope it’ll be a successful few days for us.”

Elena Baltacha, Britain’s number one and world No.51 said, “I’ve always loved playing Fed Cup and it’s always an honour to play for your country. Now that we’re opening a new chapter with Judy coming on board, I’m even more excited to be part of the team. I’m sure we all are.”

Heather Watson, Britain’s No.3 added, “I had such a great time playing with the girls last year. It’s not very often that we get to play as part of a team so when we get the chance to really support each other it’s very special and something I’m very excited to be part of again. I can’t wait to get out there and give it our all.”

The AEGON GB Fed Cup Team will contest the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, alongside 14 other nations all vying to take the top two spots and progress to the World Group II play offs in April.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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