Yes, well I am just hoping we will get out of the Europe group zone in 2016 and get another shot of moving into World Group 2. We were so close last time.. Understandably Heather really struggles with Azarenka's game, but who knew we had a person on the team (Konta) who can beat her.
A top form Azarenka is still above Konta by some way I suspect. But after the Olympics she won't be looking at the Fed Cup for 3 years.
Well they aren't at the moment..but hopefully they will just keep at it and improve against higher ranked double teams. They have a very strong record in Fed Cup though, and I think they maybe could GOAT like Ward, as playing for their country obviously means a lot to them.
They have good records but it's been in the lower divisions, the Europe Africa Zone, 2 divisions below the world group. Ward has done it against Top 50 players. That is quite the difference, Smith/Rae aren't even able to make main draws of WTA doubles tournaments, most countries could ut together a scratch doubles team that would beat them.
It is interesting though, because even if the Rae/Smith partnership falls apart, most of our top singles players are also decent at doubles, so it wouldn't be so bad...
Agreed. Though I'm not sure I see a world group quality combo.
Also, Heather has never lost to a Czech player. I don't think there's any guarantees but I think it's certainly possible that GB could beat a team like the Czech Republic in a rubber...
I think like Smith/Rae this is an irrelevant record when against the world grop quality players. Serena execpted I have never seen anything from heather that shows she can be depended upon to beat a top 30 player, let alone top 10. I can't see her beating Pliskova or Safarova let alone Kvitova. All of home play their best for their county.
He got to the Paris final with no fuss. He can't beat Djokovic, but he won't need to, he already wiped Goffin off the court... Obviously it will be different in Belgium but still.. I think even Jamie/Inglot playing the doubles should be able to competently handle any doubles team from the Belgiums, they did very well against the Bryan brothers...
Oh I agree, hence why I'm only worried about his physical condition for the Davis Cup. Andy is 2 dead cert wins and a propable doubles win. But we need him fit and rested. The last Davis Cup tie showed how draining it is when he carries the team on his shoulders. It's been huge good fortune Jamie really came back into fitness and form this year. he had a good partnership with Ingit but the Byran Brothers have declined as a big force this season and Ingot played the best i ever saw from him (and he hasnt been as good since), I wouldn't depend him, the best doubles team is Andy and Jamie and I hope Andy is fit, rested and focused so his singles matches can be just as he did to Goffin so he has enough in the tank for the doubles.