The Scottish Mail on Sunday


Dart left in tears as Brits’ bid for Fed Cup bonanza falls short despite Watson win

- From Mike Dickson IN BRATISLAVA

HARRIET DART was inconsolab­le after failing to stop Great Britain from missing out on the bonanza of the new Fed Cup final week.

Anne Keothavong’s team lost 3-1 to Slovakia in their play-off to make the £13.8million jamboree in April, their fate sealed by Dart’s 7-5, 6-3 defeat to player-of-the-tie Anna Karolina Schmiedlov­a.

Earlier, Heather Watson had kept them in the hunt, beating Rebecca Sramkova — a substitute for Viktoria Kuzmova, who had fallen ill earlier in the week.

The overall result was no disgrace for GB against a strong nation, given the non-availabili­ty of British No 1 Jo Konta. Certainly Dart could not be blamed — she fought admirably in both her matches.

So Britain will be absent from the new 12-nation finals in Budapest. Instead they go into the hat for the relegation play-offs the same week.

Watson said: ‘I found out I was playing Rebecca today at the last minute.I had never played Sramkova before or seen her play.’

It did not ultimately matter because Watson put in a much improved performanc­e from Friday to beat an underwhelm­ing opponent.

 ??  ?? ANGUISH: Dart can’t hide her dejection after losing yesterday
ANGUISH: Dart can’t hide her dejection after losing yesterday

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