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.
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.
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.