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UK Vs Japan – Fed Cup Tickets on Sale!
TALLINN, ESTONIA - FEBRUARY 10: Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a backhand shot during the Europe/Africa Promotional Play-Off Semi Final match, of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, between Heather Watson of Great Britain and Dalma Galfi of Hungary on February 10, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for LTA )
Written by BCCJ
March 14, 2018
Great Britain have drawn Japan in the World Group 2 Play-Off of the Fed Cup, set to be held on April 21-22. Tickets for the match are available on the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) website between March 14-18. Following this window, it will still be able to purchase tickets from the Japan Tennis Association website (Japanese only).
The event will take place in the Boubon Beams Dome in Miki, Hyogo. This will be the first time in 33 years the two teams will face each other on court, both hoping to find success in making it to the World Cup II finals.
Great Britain have won both of the previous two meetings between the two teams – in Johannesburg in 1972, when Virginia Wade starred for the Brits, and Nagoya in 1985, when Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs clinched the decisive doubles rubber.
Miki City is situated in the northwest of Kobe and is the host nation’s first home tie in three years. While Japan are bidding to reach the World Group for the first time since 2015, a win for Britain would mean they’d return to the elite level for the first time since 1993.
For the second year in a row, Great Britain won all four of their ties at the Euro/Africa Zone Group I event in Tallinn, Estonia earlier this month. Johanna Konta, Heather Watson contested in the singles, while Anna Smith teamed up with Fed Cup debutant Katie Boulter for success in the doubles.
Following their recent run, the Brits will be strong contenders going into April’s tie. However, the hosts still pose a tough challenge, especialliy if rising star Naomi Osaka is available for selection.
At this same stage in last year’s event, Great Britain travelled to Constanta, Romania, and faced a strong team starring Simona Halep. Despite a gutsy performance, they fell 3-1 to the Romanians. Their clash against Japan presents their fourth opportunity since 2012 to reach the elite World Group and they will be hoping to build on their current winning streak to turn the tables.