Murray retains hope despite Fed Cup group stage defeat

06 February 2015 / 10:15

Great Britain Fed Cup team captain Judy Murray has admitted that topping the group has to be the goal despite losing 2-1 to Turkey on the second day in Budapest.

After a solid 3-0 win against Liechtenstein in their opening match, the team could not maintain their momentum on Thursday with Johanna Konta losing in straight sets to Ipek Soylu and Heather Watson going down to Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae dominated throughout their doubles match against Basak Eraydin & Pemra Ozgen, winning 6-2, 6-1 to mean victory over Ukraine might still be enough to top Group B.

Murray is well aware that both Watson and Konta had very good chances to claim victory in their singles matches and with a final group game to come on Friday, she urged her team to maintain their focus.

"If we win 3-0 we will win the group which has to be our goal. If we win 2-1 then it will go down to a breakdown of sets won and lost. We have to go out and win every rubber," she said.

"I think the first thing to say is the Turkish girls really raised their levels and both played a lot better than we probably expected them to and played with a lot of freedom and nothing to lose.

"They are both ranked quite a bit below our girls which often makes it easier to come out and have a swing at things.

"They were both winnable matches for us. Jo had two set points in the second set and didn’t manage to get them, perhaps if she got that set she might have managed to find a way to pull the win out.

"I know Heather was very disappointed to lose that much but the Turkish girls played well and Jos and Anna did have a very convincing win in the doubles so that was good for them and their confidence."

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