Great Britain lose Fed Cup play-off but can leave Slovakia with their heads held high!

Going 0-2 down in any Fed Cup tie is a tough ask to come back but in a play-off for a place in the Fed Cup Finals is a bigger ask.

This weekend we have seen players crumble from a losing position and fail to turn up but that cannot be said of Heather Watson and Harriet Dart.

It is sad that Great Britain won’t be there in the first of the new Fed Cup Finals in April but those girls left it all out there!

Heather Watson was first up on Saturday afternoon against an unexpected opponent in Rebecca Sramkova. The Slovakian player got off to a shaky start and just didn’t look ready. Heather did what she had to do and continued to keep the ball in play, taking some pace off and making Rebecca try to force some in-roads but lost the opening set 6-0.

As ever with losing a set 6-0 there has to be an improvement but also from the winner of a bagel set knowing it won’t be that straight forward. Heather did a very good job on serve and despite finding herself a break ahead was broken back but late on a break and a comfortable hold sealed a 6-0 7-5 win.

Next up was Harriet Dart, the Brit put on a fantastic clay court showing in Slovakia and should be super proud of her efforts this weekend.

Anna Karolina Scmiedlova may be ranked down at 199 in the world but is a former top 35 player and a very good clay court player which she showed this weekend.

Dart is just 23 years old and before this weekend in Slovakia on the clay courts had only played one main draw WTA event on clay in her career and that was back in 2018.

Dart made an incredible fight of it and forced Schmiedlova to a tough win saving nine of out of ten break points sending Slovakia home and Great Britain into a crucial play-off next year.


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