Emma Raducanu is set to face Tereza Martincova in her Billie Jean King Cup singles
debut for Great Britain on Friday.
The British team are taking on the Czech Republic in the Qualifiers on clay at the
Tennis Club I.CLTK Prague, the site of the 1986 finals.
The team comprises Raducanu, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal. The
winners of the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers will advance to the Billie Jean King Cup
Finals in November, while the losers will go into Play-Offs for the 2023 Qualifiers.
World No 12 Raducanu has been selected alongside British No 2 Harriet Dart to play
the opening singles matches on Friday. Dart will open the action against Marketa
Vondrousova, before Raducanu takes on Martincova.
Saturday’s reverse singles will see the players swap opponents, with the potential of a
deciding doubles match to follow.
Raducanu will not just be making her senior Great Britain debut on Friday, but she
will also play her first professional match on clay.
She spent a week on the surface in Italy prior to traveling to Prague and despite her
feet suffering from the sliding needed to thrive on the surface, Raducanu is optimistic
for the future.
“This is going to be my first professional match on clay so I’m definitely learning,”
“I feel this could be one of my strongest surfaces going forward but of course,
it’s early days right now. I feel like I have got a lot more potential, physically and I do
“So, after spending more time on this surface, I’m sure I’ll time it better and learn
more about the surface but also just the time that the clay brings. I feel like I can
really use it and play aggressive.”
Great Britain are currently ranked 15th out of 115 nations in the Billie Jean King Cup
rankings, while the Czech team are ranked fifth and seeded fourth for the Qualifiers.
The Czech team is without a number of experienced faces for this tie, including
French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, Karolina Pliskova, and Petra Kvitova.
World doubles No 1 Katerina Siniakova – who won a marathon contest with Raducanu
in Miami last month – was a late withdrawal for the Czechs through injury too.
The British outfit head into the tie at the Tennis Club I.CLTK Prague without
considerable experience too. Johanna Konta has now retired, plus Heather Watson
and Katie Boulter are missing this tie.