By Ros Satar, in Bath
- Group I is split this year across two countries, with Bath hosting a first home tie in 26 years
- GB is bidding to reach the World Group II play-offs in April
BATH, ENGLAND – Great Britain will host their first home tie in the Fed Cup in 26 years, at the University of Bath lead by British No. 1 Johanna Konta.
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As Great Britain host their first home tie in 26 years, the Europe/Africa Group I ties are split between Bath and Poland, who play host to Russia, Denmark, Ukraine, Estonia, Bulgaria and Sweden.
Great Britain hosts seven countries, in two pools, to be played out between 6-9 February.
Pools, Teams and Results
|POOL A||PLAYED||WON||LOST||RUBBERS W/L|
|POOL B||PLAYED||WON||LOST||RUBBERS W/L|
|Wednesday 6 Feb||10:00||Serbia v Georgia||Croatia v Turkey|
|16:30||GB v Slovenia||Hungary v Greece|
|Thursday 7 Feb||10:00||Croatia v Georgia||Serbia v Turkey|
|16:30||GB v Greece||Hungary v Slovenia|
|Friday 8 Feb||10:00||Serbia v Croatia||Turkey v Georgia|
|16:30||GB v Hungary||Greece v Slovenia|
|Saturday 9 Feb||16:30||Winner A1 v B1|
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Captain Anne Keothavong has picked a strong team with a mixture of experienced players and including a debutante.
Johanna Konta (SR: 39, DR: 110)
British No. 1 Johanna Konta leads a strong British team. While she is a short of the top rankings she earned with strong years on the tour in 2016 and 2017, we saw the green shoots of a return to that gritty kind of play this year, even though her Australian Open campaign ended in the second round against Garbiñe Muguruza, in a tight match that could have gone either way, with both playing their best tennis in a while.
Katie Boulter (SR: 83, DR: 442)
Newly minted British No. 2 Katie Boulter has put herself squarely in the frame to make her singles debut at this tie. With some consistent results, she has leapfrogged Heather Watson as the British No. 2 and although she partnered Anna Smith in the doubles on her debut, she is most likely a good bet for the Singles this time around.
Heather Watson (SR: 110, DR: 45)
It has been a tough run for Watson, who comes in looking for some confidence in wins, but she is the most experienced player in the squad, having been a stalwart of the team since her debut in 2011. She also has the best doubles record, and we expect to see her perhaps play in both in GB’s bid to make Saturday’s play off.
Katie Swan (SR: 174, DR: 610)
Local girl Katie Swan will have hoped for a full recovery after her unfortunate retirement, wheeled off in the first qualifying round of the Australian Open. Thankfully she was able to get a couple of matches at the Burnie ITF tournament, and will be enjoying the chance of playing in front of her home crowd, in her second Fed Cup appearance.
Harriet Dart (SR: 122, DR: 109)
Harriet Dart makes her debut, and has been impressive already this year battling through qualifying in Brisbane to make the second round of the main draw, and then getting through qualifying at the Australian open, although she was dealt a brutal draw against Maria Sharapova, unable to get a game on the board.
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The Fed Cup Event B takes place between 6-9 February
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