Aegon GB Fed Cup Team Reach World Group Play-Off
By Ros Satar
Laura Robson def Dia Evtimova 6-0 6-4
Heather Watson def Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6 6-4 6-2
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If a picture paints a thousand words the Fed Cup team look set to paint the town as red as their pre-tie outfits, after beating Bulgaria 2-0, reaching the play-off stages for the World Group play off.
The day got off to a fantastic start as Laura Robson delivered a bagel in just 21 minutes.
Evtimova got a break to lead 2-1 at the start of the second set, but Robson got hold of the match, breaking back straight away.
A final break came to win the match in a little under an hour.
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Watson had a tougher job, going up against an opponent who had the better of her the last two times they have played, and in her fourth consecutive year in the Top 50.
Pironkova certainly started the brighter, breaking to lead 2-1 at the first change of ends, and running away with the first set to take it 6-1.
Watson finally stopped a run of seven games against her, settling down to deliver a few strong holds and forcing Pironkova to claw back break points.
Watson was finally able to get a break of her own to lead 4-3, and finally held to love to take the set 6-4.
The momentum stayed with her as she raced to a 4-0 lead before Pironkova was able to get on the board.
It looked momentarily as if the balance was shifting as the Bulgarian broke in the next game, but Watson broke straight back to stay ahead.
The British number one served out the set, and with that the tie to beat Bulgaria 2-0.
The World Group II play-off will be on April 20th/21st and the draw will be made on Wednesday 13th February (11am, GMT).
We did it!!! Heather and I won our singles so we are through to the playoff in April! Very very happy. twitter.com/laurarobson5/s…
— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) February 10, 2013