By Ros Satar, in Bath
- Great Britain faces Serbia for a chance to reach the World group II play-offs
- Both Serbia and Great Britain are unbeaten in ties, but Great Britain have yet to drop a rubber this week.
BATH, UK – The two Pool champions go head-to-head for a chance to play in April’s World Group II play-offs as hosts Great Britain face Serbia in Saturday’s finale.
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GB’s Perfect Record
Playing host to the Fed Cup for the first time in 26 years, Great Britain has had n shortage of support as they have come into today’s promotional play-off with a perfect 8-0 record with the final round of doubles not played late on Friday.
Serbia knocked out the favourites in a fight to the finish on Friday as it came down to the deciding doubles against Croatia, who had boasted current World No. 25 Donna Vekic and had been one of the favourites on ranking to progress.
What’s left in the tank?
The level of competition when it comes to competing for one’s country kicks things up a notch, and we have seen some lung-burning performances over the week – none more so than British No. 1 Johanna Konta, who has spent the most time on court in the singles – 7 hours 25 minutes. Newly minted British No. 2 Katie Boulter is not far behind her having been on court for 5 hours 38 minutes.
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Who will the Brits face?
It has been a while since Serbia has enjoyed the heady participation of former stalwarts Jelena Jankovic, who holds the title for the most total wins in Serbia’s history (34-16) and their best recent performance was in 2012, where they lost in the final to the dominating Czech Republic.
The diminutive Aleksandra Krunic might look like she has just stepped off a school bus but she is a Fed Cup veteran, having made her debut in 2009. As Serbia’s highest ranked player here, she will be expected to face Konta, and stole a march on the Brit in 2017 in the first round of the US Open, with Konta exacting a little revenge last year (literally) on home turf in Eastbourne with a straight forward win.
Olga Danilovic made a title winning run in the Moscow International last year on clay just ahead of the US Open but struggled to make any impact outside of the ITF clay tournaments last year and until she came to Bath, had yet to get a win in 2019. It will be a first-time meeting if she and Boulter open up proceedings this afternoon.
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GB v Serbia will take place on Centre Court, not before 4:30pm
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