Fed Cup: Simona Halep vs. Heather Watson to open Romania vs. UK duel
Simona Halep and Heather Watson will play the first singles match in the Fed Cup, World Group II on Saturday, at Tenis Club IDU Mamaia, according to the draw on Friday.
Halep (25, 5th WTA) won all the matches against Watson (24, 113th WTA) so far – at the US Open in 2013, at Roland Garros in 2014 and at Miami last year.
The second match will be played by Irina Begu (26, 33rd WTA) and Johanna Konta (25, 7th WTA), recent winner of Miami tournament.
On Sunday, as of 11.00h, the other matches will take place: Halep vs. Konta and Begu vs. Watson.
The doubles match will be played between Monica Niculescu (23rd WTA in doubles)/ Sorana Cirstea (1,101st WTA in doubles) and Laura Robertson (267th WTA in doubles)/Jocelyn Rae (106th in doubles).
Romania aims to remain in the second echelon of Fed Cup, after being defeated by Belgium 3-1 in February, in the first round of World Group II. The UK aims to advance to World Group II after winning Group C.