Fed Cup: Britain top Pool B – Bulgaria next for World Group II play-off place

Fed Cup

By Ros Satar

Fed Cup: GB def Hungary 2-1

Laura Robson def Greta Arn 0-6 6-2 6-1

Heather Watson def Timea Babos 6-3 6-2

Reca-Luca Jani/Katalin Marosi def Robson/Johanna Konta 6-4 2-6 6-2

Britain’s Fed Cup team top their pool with their third victory in the Round Robin tie, in Israel.

The day started worryingly though, as Robson was bagelled in the first set by Greta Arn.

Of even more concern, Robson needed a medical time out and it looked as though the shoulder injury she had picked up in Melbourne had returned.

But the time-out did the trick, as Robson imposed herself on the second set, and it was not until seven games later before Arn got herself back on the board again.

Robson was left to serve out the first match, putting the Brits ahead.

Heather Watson found herself facing Robson’s tour doubles partner Timea Babos, and put paid to her earlier nerves from yesterday, winning convincingly in straight sets.

Although the doubles rubber was dead, Hungary came out fighting, taking the first set.

Britain steadied the ship to take things into a decider, and the teams traded breaks early on, but a decisive break of the Robson serve put the Hungarians in the driving seat at 5-2, serving it out to at least claim one victory.

GB will face Bulgaria on Sunday and could give the Brits their toughest challenge yet in this tie.

Bulgaria’s top ranked player, Tsvetana Pironkova has finished in the top 50 for the last three years and has a 2-1 head to head advantage over Heather Watson.

She has not played either Robson or Anne Keothavong.

The teams will play each other for an opportunity to reach the World Group II play-offs to be held in April 2013.