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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #15 on: February 08, 2013, 10:50 PM »
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Judy Murray is often seen rooting for her son as he battles the world’s best players. Now Andy’s mother gets a chance to be in the spotlight as she captains the British team in Fed Cup competition. So far it has been a success.

The latest victory is the result of Britain’s top women, Laura Robson and Heather Watson, racking up a quick win in the deciding doubles match over Portugal. Robson and Watson needed less than an hour to defeat Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito and Joana Costa 6-2, 6-1.

"I'm very happy that I could turn it around in the doubles," said Watson. "I think Laura and I are a great team and we combine really well together. We were very excited to get the win and put Great Britain through."


Heather Watson (L) and Judy Murray of Great Britain during training
Photo credit:  (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
This triumph places Britain at the top of their Pool B in Group 1 in the Europe/Africa zone of the world wide Fed Cup contest.

The convoluted path in Fed Cup involves wins at both the Pool and Group levels to advance to the World Group II level being played in April in the year-long tournament, much like the men’s Davis Cup team tennis.

This year's team is coached by Judy Murray and includes former British number one Anne Keothavong, Johanna Konta and Elena Baltacha.

Next up for Britain, in the Israeli city of Eilat, will be Hungary in the final round robin match of this Fed Cup level.
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #16 on: February 08, 2013, 10:57 PM »
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Wishing the girls the best!  cmon yeah
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #17 on: February 09, 2013, 01:18 PM »
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GB top their group after Laura (after being bagelled in the first set!) and Hev put them into an unassailable 2-0 lead.

They will now face Bulgaria tomorrow in the play-off. The winner of that goes into the World Group II play-off which is in April (which is a straight battle with a WGII team for place in that division).
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #18 on: February 09, 2013, 01:47 PM »
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Great looks like all going good for Judy & the girls.
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #19 on: February 09, 2013, 02:21 PM »
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Wishing the girls the best!  cmon yeah

From me too!
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #20 on: February 09, 2013, 04:29 PM »
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Aegon GB Fed Cup Team win to secure Group I play-off place

The Aegon GB Fed Cup Team have defeated Hungary 2-1 in their third tie of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group I competition. 
This puts the Group B winners, Great Britain, into a promotional play off against the winners of Group D, Bulgaria, at 09.30 (07.30 GMT) on Sunday morning.
In Saturday's first singles rubber, Laura Robson beat Greta Arn 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 33 minutes. Robson was sluggish in the beginning, winning only nine points during the whitewash 20-minute opening set.
The British No.2 then took an injury time-out to for tightness in her left shoulder. Robson saved two break points to start the second set and once she broke in the fourth game she was never in danger again. Robson broke to level the match and won the first five games of the decider before her Hungarian opponent could hold one last time. 
Following the match, Robson said: "After the first set I thought it can't get any worse. I didn't give myself the best start with too many easy errors. I had some treatment on my shoulder to loosen it up and that also gave me some time to regroup and play better tennis in the second and third sets."
In the second singles, British No.1 Heather Watson put in a strong performance to defeat the opposition's top singles player Timea Babos 6-3, 6-2 in 85 minutes. Watson broke twice to lead 3-0, was caught at 3-3 but took seven games in a row from there to turn momentum firmly her way.
Reflecting on the match, Watson commented: “I was really happy to turn it around from yesterday and I was much stronger mentally today. I didn't panic when she got back to 3-3, sticking to my game plan and the second set was easier. It feels great to get through to the playoffs tomorrow and we will give it everything we have got."
In the dead doubles rubber, Johanna Konta and Laura Robson were unable to prevent the Hungarian team of Reka Luca Jani and Katalin Marosi winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour, 37 minutes.
Speaking after the tie, Captain Judy Murray said: “It was great to establish a winning lead after the singles against Hungary today although we got off to the worst possible start when Laura lost the first set 6-0. 
But she made a remarkable recovery to win in three and Heather found some of her best form to beat Timea Babos in straight sets. Today’s win puts us top of Group B and sets up a promotion playoff with Group B winners Bulgaria. Tsvetana Pironkova, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, is their No.1 so we are anticipating at tough battle.”
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #21 on: February 10, 2013, 08:08 AM »
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The first match is underway for the GB ladies - Laura Robson up first.  She's leading 6-0 and on serve the 2nd set.

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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #22 on: February 10, 2013, 08:47 AM »
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Laura won her match 6-0,6-4.
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #23 on: February 10, 2013, 08:57 AM »
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Thanks Michelle, I got distracted blush

Heather's match has just started.

cmon GB
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #24 on: February 10, 2013, 09:48 AM »
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Heather lost the first set 6-1 and currently on serve the 2nd set.

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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #25 on: February 10, 2013, 09:58 AM »
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Heather has a break of serve in the 2nd set

cmon GB

Heather took the 2nd set 6-4 and is a break up the 3rd set, currently 2-0

cmon GB
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #26 on: February 10, 2013, 10:17 AM »
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Heather must be brimming with confidence - she's just taken a 3-0 lead.

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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #27 on: February 10, 2013, 10:26 AM »
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Danger Will Robinson!  The Bulgarian has 2 BP's on Heather's serve.

cmon GB

Darn it!  One of the breaks of serve has been clawed back.

Just keep holding serve from now on Heather, you can do it! cmon yeah
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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #28 on: February 10, 2013, 10:32 AM »
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Phew! Minor wobble, Heather broke again and is now serving for the match.

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Re: Fed Cup Team « Reply #29 on: February 10, 2013, 10:34 AM »
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And Heather does it!

1-6 6-4 6-2

Blooming well done Team GB kicking

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