British girls aim for Fed Cup finals

The new look Fed Cup makes its return this weekend, with Great Britain paying a visit to Bratislava to take on Slovakia on the clay in their World Group play-off. Like the Davis Cup, the competition has been given a facelift, with the winners this weekend going through to the 12-strong finals, held in Budapest in April. After some mixed results at the recent Australian Open, there will need to be a marked improvement from the British girls, especially in the absence of world number 14 Johanna Konta and British number 2 Katie Boulter, but there is every reason to expect Harriet Dart and Katie Swan to build on previous performances, whilst debutants Naiktha Bains and Emma Raducanu will no doubt step up to the plate. Add to that the experience of Heather Watson and the team will believe that that finals place is theirs for the taking.