By Ros Satar
- The Aegon GB Fed Cup team to play Romania in the Fed Cup World Group II Play-off has been announced:
- Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson will reprise their roles from earlier this year.
LONDON, UK – The LTA has announced the Aegon GB Fed Cup team to face Romania in the World Group II play-off in Constanta later this month.
The team remains unchanged after their victorious run in the Europe/Africa Zone Group I, and will head to Romania’s top player Simona Halep‘s home town for the clash. There is a lot at stake for both teams. Britain have toiled at this stage a couple of times now – falling to Sweden in 2012 and Argentina in 2013, and a win for the visitors would seem them back in the World Group 16-nation level for the first time since 1993.
Aegon GB Fed Cup Team
- Johanna Konta (Singles WR 7)
- Heather Watson (Singles WR 110)
- Laura Robson (Singles WR 209)
- Jocelyn Rae (Doubles WR 105)
Romanian Fed Cup Team
- Simona Halep (Singles WR 5)
- Irina-Camelia Begu (Singles WR 33)
- Monica Niculescu (Singles WR 47)
- Sorana Cirstea (Singles WR 61)
Aegon GB Fed Cup Captain and LTA Senior National Coach Anne Keothavong said, “I am delighted to name the same team who represented us so strongly back in February for our group wins in Estonia to enable us to get through to this play-off. Fed Cup is a unique privilege to wear your nation’s colours and it’s something I know all of our team takes great pride in.
“This is the first time in four years we are in this position and I know everyone is excited by the opportunity. Romania has a first class team and will have home advantage on their best surface. We are very much the underdogs.
“That being said, we have an excellent team spirit with lots of combined Fed Cup experience, added to the fact that women’s tennis has not had a higher profile in the UK in nearly 40 years. Heather and Laura have both been ranked inside the world’s Top 40 and 30 respectively, Johanna is playing the best tennis of her career right now with only six women on the planet ranked better than her and we have a solid doubles player in Joss Rae. Katie Swan will also be re-joining us in a supportive capacity as her career continues to develop.”
Romania missed the presence of their star player Halep earlier in the year, whose start to 2017 has been marred by injury and perhaps a lack of confidence, with her only back to back wins this year coming in Miami. With five players in the Top 100, they will be a formidable presence, on home soil.
How to Watch
BT sport will be showing he World Group II Play-off live, and radio coverage can be found on BBC Five Live and BBC Sport Online, which will also be carrying a free live stream.
Play starts on both Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April at 11am (9am BST)
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