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Was that Sarah Loosemore? Would have been mid 80s rather than late 70s but seem to remember she did something like that.
No the girl in question was Nuala Dwyer who had the same Devon coach as Sue Barker. She won the British juniors when she was 14 but preferred a medical career to a tennis career. Bringing up Sarah Loosemore is another player who preferred an education at Oxford University to a tennis career. However as a teenager she reached no. 76 in the world played in a WTA final in Singapore and reached the 3rd round of a Grand Slam something that we could only dream about for any of our teenage players these days.
 

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It's true, the amount of 15-18 year olds these days doing big things - the obvious batch of Andreescu (18 when she won IW), Anisimova, Yastremska (18 when winning HK and HuaHin) and Swiatek, and then the likes of Potapova making 2 WTA finals as a 17 year old and winning slam matches, Danilovic winning WTA Moscow at 17, obviously Gauff at Wimbledon, Juvan just outside the top 100 and qualifying for and winning a match at Wimbledon. 17 year old McNally and Osuigwe knocking on the door of the top 100, Kostyuk making 3rd round at AO as a 15 year old, and now back in the top 200 - there's too many there from all sorts of backgrounds and nations to simply brand them as phenoms that are unrealistic to replicate, 2 or 3 maybe, but not about 15 coming through at the same time.

Even going back to last night, superb win for Harriet and I'm absolutely delighted for her, and it was a real gritty match that could have gone either way, but her opponent is just a few months past her 18th birthday, so 5 year youngers than Harriet, making Harriet seem like a seasoned veteran at 23, and has already had a career high of 115 and she will get her batch of WCs coming up in the multiple events in China to possibly really push on (which our lot generally couldn't take advantage of, besides Harriet at Wimbledon), and she might not even be the best Chinese teenage X Wang in the top 200 - so that's another 2 very promising youngsters to add to that ever growing list. Swan would have been our nearest example with her junior pedigree, playing FC at a very early age, probably the most hype around her, but for a number of reasons, she's 20 and a half, currently outside the top 250, has never qualified for a slam, and as far as I'm aware, has only ever won one main draw match at tour level (Wimbledon 2018). We've obviously discussed Emma previously, but she is probably the only half hope of replicating some of the others, but when you're massively relying on one young player, there's less margin for error and probably going to be too much pressure and expectation on her, which isn't really fair.
 

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Boulter doubtful as well, which would presumably leave Watson and Dart for the singles. Swan and Bains perhaps as doubles options?
 

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They may slip Raducanu into the squad (she beat Bains last month).
I would think Raducanu was a better option than Bains. Bains only won 4 games in 1st round qualifying for Australia. Dart and Swan were a decent doubles combination in last years Fed Cup in Bath.
 

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I would think Raducanu was a better option than Bains. Bains only won 4 games in 1st round qualifying for Australia. Dart and Swan were a decent doubles combination in last years Fed Cup in Bath.
That's a possibility. If Raducanu was picked it would be to gain squad experience rather than any realistic chance of playing.
 

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The epic match Dart vs Kuzmova ;)

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On clay, at altitude, one would imagine.

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It is annoying how opponents always make us play on clay, especially as ties are always played outside the grass court season so GB can't return the favour.
 

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It is annoying how opponents always make us play on clay, especially as ties are always played outside the grass court season so GB can't return the favour.
It's for our opponents to exploit our weaknesses. We've known for years that we are weak on clay (excluding Johanna Konta's run from nowhere in 2019) but we never do anything about it apart from digging up whatever clay courts we have. Of course the tie could be played on hard courts in Acapulco. Playing at Mexico's altitude wouldn't be much fun.
 
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