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And Heather does it!

1-6 6-4 6-2

Blooming well done Team GB kicking

cmon GB
So say all of us.
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GB through in Fed Cup play-off
Updated 17 minutes ago

Great Britain secured a Fed Cup World Group II play-off in April after winning their Euro/Africa Group I play-off against Bulgaria in Eilat, Israel.

Laura Robson put them ahead with a 6-0 6-4 victory over Dia Evtimova.

British number one Heather Watson lost the first set in 25 minutes against Tsvetana Pironkova but captured five successive games to win 1-6 6-4 6-2.

On Wednesday, Britain will learn who they face in the Group II play-off on 20-21 April.

More to follow.

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Pic of the girls

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That's an impressive result from Heather. Pironkova is ranked just a couple of places below her but reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2010 and then the quarters in 2011.

Here's a link to a presser they did a few days ago. Starts off with Konta and Robson singing along to something whilst Judy and Heather chat about nails.

One guy asks Heather and Laura what it's like to be the first British ladies to be ranked in the top 50 in 30 years... to which Anne points out that her and Baltacha were both ranked inside the top 50 as recent as few years ago. Ha.
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Judy Murray's Fed Cup column
February 10, 2013 8:08 PM
By Judy Murray
Great Britain Fed Cup captain

Great Britain's Fed Cup team beat Bulgaria in Israel on Sunday to come through the Euro/Africa Group and qualify for April's World Group II play-off. A victory there would take them into the top 16 nations in the world in 2014.

Thanks to a fabulous effort from the whole team we've earned the chance to win a place in the World Group, and it's a huge opportunity for British women's tennis.

The structure of the competition means that if we'd lost to Bulgaria on Sunday, that would have been the Fed Cup over for us for another 12 months.

But we've managed to get ourselves a World Group play-off for the second year running, and I think we're now ready to compete at that level.

We have two players ranked around 40 in the world in Heather Watson and Laura Robson - they've made huge strides forward in the last 12 months and, although they're young and inexperienced in terms of the Fed Cup, they're playing at a high level.

They not only play great tennis, but they're also great personalities, lots of fun and good role models who can attract more girls into our sport. Who knows how far they will go but they make tennis look fun, exciting and glamorous. They can keep women's tennis in the public eye.

And it's not just those two as we have strong back-up in terms of Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, who have nearly 80 Fed Cup ties between them, along with newcomer Johanna Konta, who is 21, made her debut in Israel and is very much on the way up.

So we now have five players, and you need that because there's nothing worse than having one star player who can then get injured. That strength in depth will be vital in April, and in the World Group if we make it through, because it's quite a different format.

Rather than the two singles and one doubles format in the Euro/Africa Group, in the play-off or World Group you have four singles and a doubles across two days. The strength of the team, and of your number two player in particular, really comes into play.

We were a little unfortunate against Sweden last year because Elena Baltacha had been so magnificent for us in Israel, but she hurt her foot just before the tie and was out for three weeks. When she played at number one in Sweden she wasn't quite as sharp as she could have been.

So it's very important to have your top two singles players fit because they're going to be playing four matches, the meat of the tie, between them.

We will all be waiting nervously for the draw on Wednesday because we're absolutely desperate to have a home tie - Britain's first for 20 years.

Whoever we get, it would be fantastic to play in front of the home fans and use the occasion to promote the team and showcase our sport.

There is a job to be done to get more girls into the game, but to retain them we need more female coaches because they understand so much better the needs of girls.

When we played in Sweden we took four female coaches to observe the team, get an awareness of standards, the event and the level of preparation that goes into a Fed Cup tie.

I think it's very very important we increase and strengthen our female coach workforce to retain girls in the game for much longer than we do now.

My immediate task is to concentrate on April's tie, though. Once we find out our opponents, I'll have a look at their likely players and the tournaments they're entered in, and make sure I go and watch them, get some videos and do all the analysis we can.

This is the one event when the whole country can get behind the British women and, after getting so close last year, we're determined to finish the job this time.

Judy was talking to BBC Sport's Piers Newbery

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Was hoping the girls would have finally got a home tie.

GB face Fed Cup trip to Argentina
ESPN staff
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Heather Watson played her part in the win in Israel © Getty Images
If Great Britain are to progress to the Fed Cup's World Group II they will have to overcome Argentina on away soil.

Coach Judy Murray has a decent squad at her disposal and they booked a place in the World Group II play-offs when coming through last week's Europe/Africa Zone Group I matches in Israel.

The likes of Heather Watson and Laura Robson are major names on the WTA circuit, but their battling skills will be put to the test against Argentina, with the contest almost certain to take place on clay.

The match will take place on April 20-21 and it is a daunting trip, but in terms of ranking positions GB have the edge. Argentina's No. 1 player, Paula Ormaechea is currently ranked 195 in the world and is also battling injury.

Watson, Robson, Johanna Konta and Anne Keothavong secured GB's progress to the play-offs and they could be joined by Elena Baltacha who is fighting her way back to fitness following ankle surgery.

World Group II play-offs:
Belgium v Poland
France v Kazakhstan
Argentina v Great Britain
Ukraine v Canada

World Group I play-offs:
Germany v Serbia
Australia v Switzerland
Spain v Japan
USA v Sweden

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By far the best draw they could have hoped for. Argentina's top 4 are all ranked lower then GB's top 5.

A shame it's an away tie, and therefore will probably be on clay. But you'd hope Laura and Heather would have enough to beat them. They both recorded some decent results on clay last year.
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What a contest that will be.  Anglophobic country fighting relegation on home clay. Tough tough assignment.
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Thank you Tonedial. Not a lot of coverage elsewhere. Results and scores for third tier Fed Cup do not make Flashscores or results on betting sites. I expected BBC to do a bit on the red button but..............  Perhaps if GB make the final?
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Thanks Tonedial,

I followed it on the Fed Cup site in the end. Sounded quite an up/down set of matches. Greece tomorrow. Let us hope for another win.
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JO KONTA WINS 4-6 6-2 6-3


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Wow.....Well done to all!  cmon yeah yay
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Thanks TD! Totally missed this thread...
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Phew. Bit of a nail-biter apparently! Now they get Serbia and Alexandra Krunic, who has given Jo some trouble in the past...
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