Team Bath’s Anna Smith in GB Fed Cup tennis team for World Group play-off in Japan

20 April 2018

Team Bath Tennis player Anna Smith is aiming to help Great Britain return to World Group level for the first time in 25 years when she competes in the Fed Cup this weekend.

Doubles specialist Smith, coached by Ian MacDonald at the University of Bath Sports Training Village, is part of the GB team for the World Group II play-off match in Japan.

It will be played on indoor hard courts at the Bourbon Beans Dome in Miki City, Kobe on Saturday and Sunday. Britain won their two previous Fed Cup meetings with Japan in 1972 and 1985.

Smith is joined in the team by Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and debutante Gabi Taylor, with captain Anne Keothavong saying: “I am delighted to name our strongest possible team for the World Group II play-offs. We have been so close since 2012 and hopefully the fourth time will be a charm.”

The tie will be shown on BT Sport, starting at 5am BST on Saturday and 4am BST on Sunday.

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