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WG2!!!!! :cheer:

It's great we've finally done it.. Everything seems a bit uncertain though in terms of both he format of the Fed Cup and our actual team... The competition could be completely different next year.. Also, the form of our players is a bit haphazard at best.. I don't think at the moment we actually have a solid team that could be competing in the world group..but that could change if Jo gets her shit together and the younger players continue to improve...

I feel bad for Laura too... She was clearly very happy for the girls, but you could tell she wanted to be there among them competing too. There was a point during the commentary where the guy (I think David Law?) was going on about the issues Laura's had, and I could just imagine Laura sitting through with gritted teeth. If we had like Jo, Heather and Laura all in the top 50, I could see us being competitive in the world group but at the moment it seems a bit uncertain how far the other younger girls can go… But Katie B has certainly shown some great potential and she seems to really enjoy competing for her country.
To be honest, even in her brief heyday Laura was maddeningly inconsistent and sadly I think she's now finished as a top 200 player and therefore effectively full stop. The injuries have sadly compromised her greatest strengths.

Katie B has shown herself to be very solid at the level she's reached and whilst you'd ideally like to have two top 50 players to spearhead the team, we are where we are and it's great that Jo and Katie have given us a shot at WG again.
 

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Jo has won 11 singles matches in a row. I think this is a record for any GB player.Efforts rewarded by getting to World Group 11.It is a sobering thought that if Jo had stayed in Australia she could now be in the Fed Cup final with Ashleigh Batty.
 

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To be honest, even in her brief heyday Laura was maddeningly inconsistent and sadly I think she's now finished as a top 200 player and therefore effectively full stop. The injuries have sadly compromised her greatest strengths.

Katie B has shown herself to be very solid at the level she's reached and whilst you'd ideally like to have two top 50 players to spearhead the team, we are where we are and it's great that Jo and Katie have given us a shot at WG again.
Fed Cup is a funny thing.. Maybe even if Katie B does not progress too much on tour, she will go on fire at Fed Cup.. I still remember watching James Ward defeat Isner.. Maybe Katie B will be able to defeat top players in Fed Cup situations.. I mean the way she played against Putintseva..I could see her beating a lot of top players...

Dart could soon be a solid doubles player and maybe singles player too. Swan seems to be very vulnerable to injuries too but hopefully things work out for her.
 

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I feel bad for Laura too... She was clearly very happy for the girls, but you could tell she wanted to be there among them competing too. There was a point during the commentary where the guy (I think David Law?) was going on about the issues Laura's had, and I could just imagine Laura sitting through with gritted teeth.
I was yelling "shut up, David!" at the TV during some of those moments.
 

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Amazing.....we finally did it.

So many years of losing in Africa Zone promotional playoffs, then WG2 playoffs, but this time we finally, finally got over the line. So glad I purchased tickets for Day 2 and it was well worth it. Haven't been in an atmosphere like that for years, and the last 4 games of the Konta match reminded me of Jo at her very best and proved she's still got that level, and that mental toughness, in there somewhere. Oh boy does it feel sweet, to have actually done it because I felt at times in the last couple of years especially, like it just wasn't ever going to happen and we had missed too many chances.

I feared for Katie B when she lost that first set and the back was clearly still somewhat of an issue, but she kept on going and eventually Diyas lost steam herself, which buoyed Katie to a resounding third set win. So proud of both girls, the Kazakhs really raised their level and both played really well all weekend, it certainly was not easy. When Katie closed it out for us, you would've thought we'd won the Fed Cup altogether. Just goes to show that the support in the general public for Fed Cup, and for British Women's tennis, is still very present.

Not sure what the new reforms are going to look like, but gosh it would be nice to at least have one year of being in WG2 of the current system. Lastly, I hope that this historic weekend will do the world of good for Jo and Katie's confidence going into a tough part of the year for both.

P.S. I spotted Laura from where I was sitting as she was completely opposite to me on the other end of the arena - and even from there I could see her with her head in her hands for the majority of the Boulter match! :lol: The fistpumping was also hilarious and I was happy to see Laura looking and feeling so involved. If there's still any hope left of her somehow getting back to even a decent level of tennis, this will have helped.
 

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Probably relying on Konta winning both of her matches and then trying to sneak one win elsewhere. Possibly the second best nation we could have drawn (after Brazil), although home would have obviously been better.
 

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Probably relying on Konta winning both of her matches and then trying to sneak one win elsewhere. Possibly the second best nation we could have drawn (after Brazil), although home would have obviously been better.
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It's not quite the same anymore.. It all seems a bit hopeless.
 

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The Fed Cup changes, or the current GB women's landscape, or both?
The Fed cup changes are just mind boggling. I meant the current GB women's landscape. It initially looked so promising too.

However, there may be a dark horse among the Brit girls with Eden Silva.. However, she is more of a doubles specialist..so we need another good doubles player to go with her. She's had some success with Sarah Beth Grey recently, so let's see where that goes.
 

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The Fed cup changes are just mind boggling. I meant the current GB women's landscape. It initially looked so promising too.

However, there may be a dark horse among the Brit girls with Eden Silva.. However, she is more of a doubles specialist..so we need another good doubles player to go with her. She's had some success with Sarah Beth Grey recently, so let's see where that goes.
I'll be honest, I quite like the FC changes. We've still got the home/away stuff and then I do like the idea of a big festival of tennis where (hopefully) all the star players are in one place, in what ideally becomes another big standout event on the calendar. There will be flaws and it won't be perfect, but I'm personally very interested to see how it goes. I think Annie K was/is in favour of the changes.

Yeah, the landscape is pretty grim at the moment - some have been very unlucky with injury, most notably Boulter, which IMO has been the biggest blow - if she was still around 80 and looking to push towards the top 50 then things would seem a lot different, but as it is, she is out of the top 200 and will have a difficult task to even get back to where she was - I assume she will be going down the PR route which would make sense at this stage. Gabi looked like she had top 100 potential 18 months ago, but is now outside the top 350. Katie Swan has had her problems, but the facts are she was around 240 in May 2018 having just turned 19, and 15 months and 10 main draw wildcards later, she'll be even lower ranked than that once her USO FQR points drop off - that's 3 players there who you thought might be consistent top 100 players - even if some were just floating in and around the top 100 and not necessarily doing much, but at least being involved in all the slam main draws, WTA internationals, and making a career for themselves, whereas it's far bleaker now.

The jury is still out on Harriet IMO - she's also had injuries this year, but is still just around 150, where she was last year, and that's even with a very generous run at Wimbledon on her record (Q and a LL), and the 3 times she's really stepped up this year she's lost 2 and 0, 0 and 0, and 1 and 1, as well as a few other disappointing losses recently where you might have thought she'd win. We don't expect her to get much change out of Barty, Sharapova and Sevastova, and they won't define her career, but winning 4 games combined in those 3 matches isn't great. She's also 23 now which isn't particularly young in tennis terms - I personally think she'll do well to get inside the top 100, although I obviously hope she does. Katy D's year has been stop-start, but she's getting older, and is 25 in a few months, and poor Jodie was looking so promising, rising fast, and beating some very good players, but she has also had a massive set back to really curb her momentum.

All of that puts a lot of pressure on Raducanu to see if she can be that consistent top 100 WTA player that we're desperately lacking outside of Konta, but while still just 16, she doens't seem to be in any rush at all to play, even after her exams, and outside of young Mutavdzic, the current junior picture looks just as bleak.

If Eden and SBG end up specialising in doubles and match some of our male counterparts, then good luck to them, but I personally have no interest in doubles and tbh, don't really class the likes of Bambridge and Salisbury as tennis players (that's just how I feel) and they are as relevant to me as the GB #1 squash player would be, and that will likely be the same if we get a batch of them coming through on the WTA scene.
 

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For Katie B, the PR route would be best, but then she would not be able to return until 6 months after her last match, which would be end of October.. So maybe she won't even play at all this season.. And it will be hard trying to rebuild her ranking after such a long break.

I really want Katie Swan to happen.. She got some good attention when opening up about mental health difficulties.. But losing to a 15 year old WC in US open qualies is pretty shocking.

I think Harriet will get into the top 100, I hope..She has a solid game and I can see her building consistent results across the year, but she does not seem to deal with big occasions very well.

If Eden and SBG end up specialising in doubles and match some of our male counterparts, then good luck to them, but I personally have no interest in doubles and tbh, don't really class the likes of Bambridge and Salisbury as tennis players (that's just how I feel) and they are as relevant to me as the GB #1 squash player would be, and that will likely be the same if we get a batch of them coming through on the WTA scene.
So harsh! :eek: But yeah, doubles is very different to singles.. But in terms of Fed Cup performance, it's good to have a strong doubles pairing, like Raith!
 

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For Katie B, the PR route would be best, but then she would not be able to return until 6 months after her last match, which would be end of October.. So maybe she won't even play at all this season.. And it will be hard trying to rebuild her ranking after such a long break.

I really want Katie Swan to happen.. She got some good attention when opening up about mental health difficulties.. But losing to a 15 year old WC in US open qualies is pretty shocking.

I think Harriet will get into the top 100, I hope..She has a solid game and I can see her building consistent results across the year, but she does not seem to deal with big occasions very well.



So harsh! :eek: But yeah, doubles is very different to singles.. But in terms of Fed Cup performance, it's good to have a strong doubles pairing, like Raith!
At least you read to the end of my essay :). I just see it as a totally different sport, but yeah, fair point regarding Fed Cup - if you can sort your doubles and have one really good singles player, then that could almost see you home - Canada and Japan would be decent examples of this, if all their players play.

I think guichard said something like 20th October for Katie B's PR the other day. She's not entered into anything for early September, so you're really just looking at hanging fire for an extra 4 weeks to obtain it - it would be more of a risk to play at the end of Sepember, potentially lose in R1 or R2 of a few W25s or maybe the odd QF, picking up 5 and 9 points here and there, but then losing relatively big Tianjin and Beijing points by the end of the year, so the chances are she will be ranked somewhere around 300 at the start of 2020 (unless she goes on an unlikely tear), and then no PR and it's back to square one, but at least this way she could pick and choose 8 events to play, including the AO and RG (so a guaranteed £100K if nothing else) as well as other WTA events with her 80 odd ranking, and she could still play W25 or W60 events in between with her current ranking of 250-300, whatever it may be, so for me, it's the best option by a mile.

I like Harriet, but I just think her lack of power, and that second serve will really hold her back - she's basically just putting the ball in play at the moment with that 2nd serve. To be honest though, she was outside the top 300 at the start of 2018 before a surprise consecutive run (at the time) of a W25 final and title from pretty much out of nowhere, so she's surpassed my expectations whatever happens to qualify for a slam and be just outside the top 100 at one stage, but it would be nice if she could break in at some point - it was looking likely before that Sharapova hammering, but then due to inactivity or losing to the likes of Paar and Tan, it just didn't happen and she was stagnating a little bit until that Wimbledon revival.

I'd also love to see Katie Swan 'happen' - we don't often get slam junior finalists and there were high hopes for her and you can tell she's potentially marketable due to the amount of overseas posters on here interested in her, so if she can push on then she could cause quite a bit of interest and attention which would be great for British women's tennis (Konta really does unfortunately suffer from the Aussie tag to the casual observer IMO), but when you're losing to the likes of Albie, Ce, Kim and Scott in recent months and not taking advantage of wildcard after wildcard, it does kind of feel that she's missed the boat a bit in terms of being the player we had hoped for. She's only 20 and a half, so obviously not too late - Rybakina has went on a great run from 170 to 60 in about 8 months this year, but she's going to need to start consistently winning soon, something she's not done since that W25 stretch heading into the 2018 grass season.

It just seems like via a mixture of poor form, unfortunate injuries, personal setbacks and what not, the group is transitioning from a generally promising bunch to one that's pretty modest, and it's a real shame, especially when you see the current landscapes of some other nations.
 

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All of that puts a lot of pressure on Raducanu to see if she can be that consistent top 100 WTA player that we're desperately lacking outside of Konta, but while still just 16, she doens't seem to be in any rush at all to play, even after her exams, and outside of young Mutavdzic, the current junior picture looks just as bleak.
Emma's schedule is beginning to have me scratch my head. She seems to be in China at the moment, per her IG, but whether any tennis training is involved is anyone's guess. She's our best young player and yet has played about 6 or 7 weeks this year. At some point she surely needs to enter a decent block of tournies, that's assuming she's serious about tennis as opposed to doing more academic stuff...
 

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Emma's schedule is beginning to have me scratch my head. She seems to be in China at the moment, per her IG, but whether any tennis training is involved is anyone's guess. She's our best young player and yet has played about 6 or 7 weeks this year. At some point she surely needs to enter a decent block of tournies, that's assuming she's serious about tennis as opposed to doing more academic stuff...
There have been some promising juniors in the past who have decided on an academic career rather than tennis. Even in Sue Barker's day there was another promising girl from Devon about the same age who preferred to study to become a doctor rather than a tennis career. The way things are at the moment Annie K will have to come out of retirement to play Fed Cup next year.
 

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There have been some promising juniors in the past who have decided on an academic career rather than tennis. Even in Sue Barker's day there was another promising girl from Devon about the same age who preferred to study to become a doctor rather than a tennis career. The way things are at the moment Annie K will have to come out of retirement to play Fed Cup next year.
Was that Sarah Loosemore? Would have been mid 80s rather than late 70s but seem to remember she did something like that.
 
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