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Billie Jean King Cup: Emma Raducanu set for Nice Britain debut towards Czech Republic


US Open champion Emma Raducanu has by no means performed a senior aggressive match on clay

Emma Raducanu is about to make her Billie Jean King Cup debut when Nice Britain play the Czech Republic in April.

The US Open champion has by no means performed a match within the competitors earlier than however was named within the crew in 2019 and 2020.

She is going to be a part of Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal for the tie on clay in Prague on 15-16 April.

Heather Watson will miss the tie to concentrate on enhancing her singles rating whereas Katie Boulter is absent with a foot harm.

The Czech Republic have gained the competitors – which was referred to as the Fed Cup – six occasions since 2011.

Regardless of her fast rise, Raducanu has by no means performed a senior aggressive match on clay.

“Each tie creates a novel stress and depth, which I am positive our gamers will thrive on,” captain Anne Keothavong mentioned.

“Though we have now a troublesome problem forward towards the Czechs, I’ve each confidence our squad will do themselves and their nation proud.”

Raducanu will likely be joined by Dart, who will make her top-100 debut on Monday after her run to the fourth spherical at Indian Wells.

Kartal was Raducanu’s childhood rival earlier than fighting harm however the 20-year-old has gained 31 of her final 34 matches on the ITF Tour to maneuver up the rankings.

The Czech Republic’s prime three gamers will miss the tie.

World quantity two Barbora Krejcikova, world quantity eight Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova are all lacking from their line-up.

However the Czech crew nonetheless boasts two top-50 gamers in Marketa Vondrousova and Tereza Martincova, in addition to Karolina Muchova and four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Katerina Siniakova.

The winner of the tie will qualify for the 12-team finals, which occur in November.

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