A trip to Mexico is now on the cards for Great Britain during a packed stage of the WTA Calendar.
Following the defeat to Slovakia in the Fed Cup play-off’s for a place in the Fed Cup Finals in April the team must now play a match that same week to be in contention for a place in the play-offs next year.
The tie will take place during the 17th and 18th of April in a week where there are no WTA events but making that trip on 19th if anyone was potentially to play Stuttgart or Istanbul the travel would make things difficult.
It is to my understanding that no players are set to play in either events the week after which doesn’t include Johanna Konta or Katie Boulter who have made it clear they will not be playing Fed Cup this year.
I would expect a team around the same mould of:
I also would rule out 20 year old Jodie Burrage or Francesca Jones being an option.
Mexico’s Fed Cup team from the recent play-offs was made up of:
Giuliana Olmos (Career high singles ranking of 343, doubles ranking of 78)
Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Career high singles ranking of 462 which she is currently at. 416 in doubles)
Julia Garcia – unranked
Alejandra Cruz – unranked
It isn’t the strongest team, Mexico do have other players ranked higher in the world. Marcela Zacarias is ranked at 257 and Renata Zarazua is at 268 on the singles rankings.
Giuliana Olmos brings some doubles pedigree to the team with a ranking of 78 in the world and the two other players Julia Garcia and Alejandra Cruz are both 16 years old, unranked and didn’t feature in any matches in the play-offs.
The tie hasn’t been given an exact location yet but expectancy is on it to be on clay which makes a lot of sense.