Fed Cup joy as Britain move up

Great Britain have advanced to the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs after impressive singles wins for Laura Robson and Heather Watson in their clash with Bulgaria in Israel.

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Robson cruised past Dia Evtimova 6-0, 6-4 in the opening rubber of the World Group I play-off at the Municipal Tennis Club in Eilat.

But Watson had to work harder, coming through with a battling 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 success against Tsvetana Pironkova.

Britain's World Group II play-off will take place on the weekend of April 20-21, with the venue and opponents to be decided on Wednesday.

World No.45 Robson asserted her authority early against Evtimova, racing through the first set before Evtimova briefly threatened to make a match of it by breaking Robson's serve early in the second set.

However, the Brit swiftly broke back and the game then went with serve until 5-4, when Robson finished things off in under an hour.

In contrast, world No.41 Watson had a tough time against 44th-ranked Pironkova. The Bulgarian won the first set in 25 minutes before Watson took the second in a decider and the third by a safe 6-2 scoreline.

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