GB keep Fed Cup bid on track

  • Last Updated: February 9 2013, 15:17 GMT

Great Britain's Fed Cup promotion bid remains on track after they beat Hungary on Saturday.

Laura Robson: Recovered from disastrous first set
Laura Robson: Recovered from disastrous first set

Singles wins for Laura Robson and Heather Watson gave Judy Murray's team an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie to book a Europe/Africa Group Zone I play-off against Bulgaria on Sunday.

Robson overcame a major first-set scare to put GB ahead in Eilat, Israel.

The British number two was troubled by a shoulder problem as she lost the opening set 6-0 to Greta Arn, a player ranked almost 100 places below her.

However, Robson recovered to post a 0-6 6-2 6-1 victory.

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."

Watson had fewer problems in beating Timea Babos 6-3 6-2.

She had a slight wobble in the first set when she squandered a 3-0 lead with a double-break as Babos fought back to 3-3.

However, Watson duly won the next three games to win a see-saw set and extended that run to six at the start of the second.

At that point, with her hopes hanging by a thread, Babos required treatment on a foot injury and although she was able to continue, Watson soon wrapped up a straight-sets win.

Watson was much happier with her form having lost in singles on Friday.

She said: "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 play-offs tomorrow and we will give it everything we have got."

Hungary claimed the dead doubles rubber to leave the final score 2-1.

Robson had won all five doubles rubbers in her career to date but, playing with Johanna Konta, she finished on the wrong end of a 6-4 2-6 6-2 scoreline against Reka-Luca Jani and Katalin Marosi.

The result means GB finish top of Pool B and now face Pool D winners Bulgaria, who boast former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova in their line-up, on Sunday to decide which nation progresses to April's World Group II play-offs.

Captain Murray said she was "anticipating a tough battle" against the Bulgarians.


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