GB Fed Cup team: Baltacha, Keothavong, Watson & Robson picked

Elena Baltacha
Elena Baltacha is the highest ranked British woman, sitting 51st in the list

Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson have been named in the Great Britain team for next month's Fed Cup tie in Israel.

The Europe/Africa Zone Group One event, which features 15 teams, takes place in Eilat from 1-4 February.

A top-two finish in the event would see GB progress to April's World Group II play-offs.

Judy Murray will captain the team for the first time since her appointment last month.

"Our team is an exciting mix of youth and experience," Murray said.

In addition to the selected quartet, world number 317 Tara Moore will travel as the reserve for an event that also features Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

And Murray added: "In Elena and Anne we're lucky to have two established Tour players who are great competitors and so passionate about representing their country.

"With Heather, Laura and Tara, we have three young and very promising players who will bring a lot of energy to the team and will be looking to make their marks.

"Our goal is to progress through the group and, while we know this will be tough, if we play to our potential it is achievable."

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