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GB No 1 Katie O'Brien to replace Naomi Cavaday in fed cup

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Katie O’Brien has replaced Naomi Cavaday in the Great Britain Fed Cup squad. The British number one will travel to Budapest later this month alongside Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha and Mel South to take part in the Euro/Africa zone Group I event.

Katie O’Brien, voted 2007’s British female player of the year in the LTA awards, achieved a career high ranking of 121 in July thanks to reaching the last 16 of the WTA event in Eastbourne followed by her first ever main draw win at Wimbledon.

18 year old Cavaday had begun the 2008 season in New Zealand, recording back to back wins at the ASB Classic, a WTA Tour event before losing out to Ahsha Rolle in the final round of qualifying. Cavaday had been struggling with an ankle injury throughout the later part of 2007 and this week she made the decision to withdraw from the Fed Cup.

Nigel Sears commented: “Obviously it is a great shame that Naomi has had to pull out of the Fed Cup squad but we have an excellent replacement in Katie, it was a very tough decision to leave her out of the initial squad and I am delighted to be able to call up a player of her quality. I am confident that the team will perform well in Budapest. It is important that Naomi is able to fully recover and I look forward to seeing her back on the court soon.”
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Re: GB No 1 Katie O'Brien to replace Naomi Cavaday in fed cup

Shame for Naomi.

I thought Katie was out with injury
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Does anyone know exactly why Katie was not included in the first place?

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Shame for Naomi.

I thought Katie was out with injury



she had shingles and thats what everyone thought kept her out but it was tactical.
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Does anyone know exactly why Katie was not included in the first place?
in the article, spears says 'we have an excellent replacement in Katie, it was a very tough decision to leave her out of the initial squad'
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in the article, sears says 'we have an excellent replacement in Katie, it was a very tough decision to leave her out of the initial squad'
Yeah, I'm just wondering how he came to that decision when she's our highest ranked player.

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Thanks for posting, its a shame Naomi had to pull out but I'm really happy to see Katie will be playing! Woo! What do you make of GB chances to make it to the World Group play offs?

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Yeah, I'm just wondering how he came to that decision when she's our highest ranked player.
she was annoyed that she was overlooked for wildcards for the grass court tournaments and wasnt even included in the first group of MD wildcards announced for Wimbledon. She believed after qualifying and winning a round at Eastbourne then again at Wimbledon, she had proved herself but obviously not.



She has a nice game but I think the problem is she doesnt have a big game like Bally, Mel and Naomi but also isnt solid enough like Anne
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good luck katie!

i look so fine, i look so sexy even with my face smashed up on the plexi

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Thanks for posting, its a shame Naomi had to pull out but I'm really happy to see Katie will be playing! Woo! What do you make of GB chances to make it to the World Group play offs?
the change of surface is a huge bonus.

It all depends on the draw but with Mel beating Kremer and other good performances this season, we have a chance
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Bad News for Naomi but nice Katie will play

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What do you make of GB chances to make it to the World Group play offs?
It depends who they draw but If theyre in form and conistent they are all quite good actually and could give a challange to most teams
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Bad News for Naomi but nice Katie will play



It depends who they draw but If theyre in form and conistent they are all quite good actually and could give a challange to most teams
Yeh I really hope so. None of the other teams really look that strong! I hope they have similair success to the mens Davis Cup team, would love to see their confidence really stat to grow and launch them into the top 100

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Re: GB No 1 Katie O'Brien to replace Naomi Cavaday in fed cup

She's a much stronger player than Baltacha, atleast in her post-injury form.

That said, not nearly the player that Naomi is.
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she was annoyed that she was overlooked for wildcards for the grass court tournaments and wasnt even included in the first group of MD wildcards announced for Wimbledon. She believed after qualifying and winning a round at Eastbourne then again at Wimbledon, she had proved herself but obviously not.
Okay. Maybe there's some behind the scenes stuff I'm not aware of and as you say perhaps Sears didn't believe her weaknesses would hold up as well in a Fed Cup situation as some of the other girls. Just seems weird not to pick the #1 straight off.

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Okay. Maybe there's some behind the scenes stuff I'm not aware of and as you say perhaps Sears didn't believe her weaknesses would hold up as well in a Fed Cup situation as some of the other girls. Just seems weird not to pick the #1 straight off.
exactly - must be a kick in the teeth for her
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