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Emma Raducanu returns to Great Britain squad for Billie Jean King Cup qualifying round tie vs France



Emma Raducanu has been named in Great Britain’s squad to face France in the qualifying round of the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup.

Raducanu joins British No 1 Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart and Heather Watson in what captain Anne Keothavong says is a “full-strength team”.

France will host the tie from April 12-13 after they beat Keothavong’s team in Coventry last year.

Keothavong insisted GB were “getting stronger and better”.

She told the LTA website: “I’m delighted to be travelling with a full-strength team off the back of some terrific results recently.

“The French side will present a significant challenge as always, but we all know how representing GB inspires us.”

GB secured their place in this year’s qualifiers with a 3-1 play-off win over Sweden in November.

The winner of the best-of-five tie will progress to the Billie Jean King Cup finals later this year, while the losing nation will compete in the play-offs.

Boulter, 27, won her first WTA 500 title earlier this month after coming from a set down to beat Marta Kostyuk in the San Diego Open final.

Meanwhile, Raducanu is continuing her comeback after an injury-hit 2023 season – her latest match ended in a straight-sets defeat in the third round at Indian Wells on Tuesday.

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Watch highlights of the match between Raducanu and world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka at Indian Wells

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Raducanu revealed it has been ‘humbling’ to be losing matches ahead of playing at Indian Wells in March

The 21-year-old has been awarded a wild card into the Miami Open which takes place at the iconic Hard Rock Stadium next week.

Miami features a 96-player singles field with the top 32 seeds in singles receiving a first-round bye. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 19 – live on Sky Sports Tennis.

Raducanu is then due to represent Britain in the Billie Jean King Cup after being picked in the latest squad.

The tie will be played on indoor clay in Le Portel, which is the same surface as the following week’s tournament in Stuttgart, where Raducanu is likely to play as it is organised by Porsche, one of her sponsors.

Last year she lost in the first round while in 2022 she made the quarter-final.

Raducanu could stick to clay and play at the Mutua Madrid Open, which is a 1000 tournament at the end of April, before moving on to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in May, and then the start of the French Open on Sunday, May 26.

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