GB face tough Ukraine test

Captain Judy Murray named her team earlier this week, with British No 1 Heather Watson joined by Johanna Konta and doubles team Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae for the round-robin event, which starts on February 4.

Ukraine are likely to provide Britain with their toughest match as they boast two top-100 players in world No 28 Elina Svitolina and 88th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko.

Watson is currently ranked 50th while Konta, who briefly broke into the top 100 last year, sits 146th.

Neither Turkey nor Liechtenstein should present too many problems for Murray’s team, who are again without Laura Robson as she continues to work her way back to full fitness following wrist surgery.

Should Britain win Group B, they would go forward to a play-off against the winners of Group C, which could well pit them against Belarus and former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka.

The winners of the play-off then progress to the World Group II play-offs in April.

Britain reached that stage in both 2012 and 2013 but lost to Sweden and Argentina respectively.

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