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2005 Apr 22 - Fed Cup: Brits fail to qualify

Great Britain have failed in their attempt to reach the World Group play-offs following a crucial defeat to Serbia & Montenegro in their third round-robin match in Turkey.

The opening day defeat to Slovenia followed by a win against Denmark meant a victory today was essential in keeping hopes alive for promotion out of the Euro/Africa Zone Group and into the World Group.

In the singles, Anne Keothavong took the opening set against Dragana Zaric only to drop the next two sets for 2-6 6-4 6-4. Elena Baltacha also wrapped up the first set against Ana Timotic only to concede the next two for 5-7 6-3 6-0.

Katie O-Brien and Jane O'Donoghue put behind them their doubles defeat to Denmark yesterday and claimed the only success of the day with an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over Dragana Zaric and Ana Timotic.

Nick Brown (Great Britain Coach) said:

"We are a bit disappointed with our latest result but we came up with the goods when we needed to on Thursday.

"Anne and Elena are improving their game on clay and I think this is a true reflection of where we are at the moment.

"We have got to focus on reaching a level where we have a chance of getting out of this group but it is going to take time.

"Most countries here have at least one player in the top 100 so that is the first thing we have to do to give ourselves a chance."

Great Britain still have one final match to play against the Ukraine but the result has no bearing on retention of a position in the Euro-African Zone Group - the victory over Denmark means they have avoided the Relegation Play-off.


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