(February 9, 2013) Great Britain Fed Cup Team have defeated Hungary 2-1 in their third tie of the Fed Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group I competition. This puts the Group B winners, Great Britain, into a promotional play off against the winners of Group D, Bulgaria, at 0930 (0730 GMT) on Sunday morning.
In Saturday’s first singles rubber, Laura Robson beat Greta Arn 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 33 minutes. Robson was sluggish in the beginning, winning only nine points during the whitewash 20-minute opening set. The British No. 2 then took an injury time-out to for tightness in her left shoulder. Robson saved two break points to start the second set and once she broke in the fourth game she was never in danger again. Robson broke to level the match and won the first five games of the decider before her Hungarian opponent could hold one last time. Following the match, 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.”
In the second singles, British No. 1 Heather Watson put in a strong performance to defeat the opposition’s top singles player Timea Babos 6-3, 6-2 in 85 minutes. Watson broke twice to lead 3-0, was caught at 3-all but took seven games in a row from there, to turn momentum firmly her way. Reflecting on the match, the Watson commented: “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-all, 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.”
In the dead doubles rubber, Johanna Konta and Laura Robson were unable to prevent the Hungarian team of Reka Luca Jani and Katalin Marosi winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour, 37 minutes.
Speaking after the tie, Captain Judy Murray said, “It was great to establish a winning lead after the singles against Hungary today although we got off to the worst possible start when Laura lost the first set 6-0. But she made a remarkable recovery to win in three and Heather found some of her best form to beat Timea Babos in straight sets. Today’s win puts us top of Group B and sets up a promotion play off with Group B winners Bulgaria. Tsvetana Pironkova, a former Wimbledon semi finalist, is their No. 1 so we are anticipating at tough battle.