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Published On: Thu, Jan 8th, 2015

Fed Cup: Robson absent from Britain’s team

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Great Britain will have to cope without Laura Robson for the second year in a row when they attempt to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group in February.

The former British number one has been out for a year with a wrist injury and has not been selected for the Euro/Africa zone qualifiers next month.

Heather Watson, Johanna Konta, Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith will carry British hopes in Hungary from 4-7 February.

Fifteen nations will compete for two places in the World Group II play-offs.

Robson peaked at a career-high 27 in the world two years ago but has not played since last year’s Australian Open, and plans to return next month on the second-tier ITF circuit.

Britain reached the World Group play-offs in 2012 and 2013 with Robson in the team, but in her absence Judy Murray’s team could only finish ninth in the Budapest event last year.

Watson and Konta will again lead the singles challenge, while Smith is brought in for the first time to partner Rae in the doubles. The pair reached a WTA final in Sweden last year and shares a world ranking of 91.


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