FedCup - Great Britain downed by Netherlands

Eurosport - Sat, 06 Feb 20:15:00 2010

Great Britain narrowly missed out on a fifth placed finish in their Europe/Africa Zone Fed Cup Group as they lost 2-1 to Netherlands in Lisbon.

TENNIS 2009 WTA Auckland Anne Keothavong - 0

Anne Keothavong (pictured), in just her third match back from a knee injury, recovered from a 3-0 first set deficit to battle past world number 397 Chayenne Ewijk 7-6(5) 6-3 and secure a 1-0 lead for GB.

"Overall I'm pleased," Keothavong said.

"It's another match for me and that's what I need at the moment. She got off to a good start - I was a little slow out of the blocks but she was hitting her spots pretty well.

"Once I played my way in I felt more comfortable as the match went on and I'm going to need more matches like that.

"It was nice to be in a situation where I was down in the first set, then to come back and finish strongly like yesterday was good."

In the second singles rubber, Katie O'Brien displayed her battling spirit to bounce back from a set deficit to level up but failed to really make an impact in the final set and eventually went down 7-5 3-6 6-4 to Dutch number one Arantxa Rus.

And the doubles proved similarly frustrating as Sarah Borwell and O'Brien were comfortably beaten 6-4 6-2 by Nicole Thyssen and Richel Hogenkamp.

"We came here with the intention to win the group and gain promotion, and we ended up finishing second in the group and of course without promotion, so from that perspective, it wasn't mission achieved," said GB captain Nigel Sears.

"In terms of the efforts that the girls put in, I think they all gave their very best. And we lost to a good team in Austria on day two.

"We'll just have to continue working at it and come back with an even stronger effort next year."

Pippa Davis / Eurosport

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