The Great Britain team lost the Fed Cup in Japan prolonging their long-awaited chance to play in the World Group. The GB Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong said that her tea did the best they possibly could. She was positive that though it didn’t go as planned this year, next year will not be the same.
She said that the girls were in good spirits all along and got along with each other very well. Keothavong also added that such an event would take them off their comfort zones. It would help them put more effort into the coming events.
“Now that I have stepped away from the game as a player, I like to remind our players that these are weeks you will remember for the rest of your life.” Sais Keothavong.
I want to be able to help them create memories that they can look back on with pride and know that they had a good time and enjoyed being part of a team and doing something different together with different people.
Also, it’s important to remind them to keep everything in perspective. The result didn’t go our way but they’re fit, they’re healthy.
Weeks like this remind me of Elena Baltacha, my former Fed Cup team-mate who died in 2014, and what she brought to the team and her spirit.
The players are doing something they love and they are in a privileged position. Let’s try and stay as upbeat as possible, get together next time and make it happen.
The Fed Cup went well on Sunday with Konta’s battle against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. This was according to Keothavong.
“We spoke about the game plan on Saturday night, that’s the routine I usually go through with both players after dinner.
I speak to the singles players individually so we are on the same page tactically about how they want to play the match, what to expect and the keywords for me to use when I’m sat on the side with them.
Jo is the ultimate professional, she takes a high level of intensity to the court and she was really impressive against an in-form player, who recently won her first WTA Tour title at Indian Wells.
I guess everyone’s spirit was high after her performance – she put us in a great position with her victory. Heather Watson led 5-3 and had set points in her match against Kurumi Nara – she put herself in a good position but came up short.
Maybe you could say the lack of wins recently had an effect, but even though she was 3-0 and 5-3 down in the second set, she fought back.
That’s all you can ask for as a captain – that your players try their absolute best when they’re out there on the court. The rest you just have to accept.”
We wish the ladies the best of luck as they prep for future matches.