London | Keothavong announces Fed Cup team
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Heather Watson and Harriet Dart will lead Great Britain in their Fed Cup qualifying tie against Slovakia on February 7-8 without the services of Johanna Konta who has decided to skip the competition this year to concentrate on her singles career.
I'm looking forward to getting everyone together this week to start preparations Anne Keothavong
Also missing is Katie Boulter who is still recovering from the back injury she picked up playing in the competition last year.
Naiktha Bains, Katie Swan and 17-year-old Emma Raducanu make up the squad.
Captain Anne Keothavong said: “Naturally we are disappointed not to have Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter available for selection, but we have some very exciting young players in our squad who are ecstatic to be part of this team and I’m sure will rise to the big occasion.
“Every Fed Cup tie creates a unique pressure and intensity which I’m sure our players will thrive on and, even though we have a difficult challenge ahead against Slovakia, I have every confidence our squad will do themselves and their country proud. I’m looking forward to getting everyone together this week to start preparations.”
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Team GB are competing in the top-tier World Group for the first time in 27 years and the victors in Bratislava will progress to the new 12-team Fed Cup Finals in Budapest in April.
The tie will be best of five matches – four singles and a doubles match – with all matches being contested as best of three tiebreak sets.