Fed Cup: Britain's women ease to victory over Liechtenstein

Judy Murray
Judy Murray's team face Ukraine and Turkey later this week

Great Britain's women eased to a comprehensive victory in their opening Fed Cup tie against Liechtenstein.

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta won their singles matches in the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 first round.

And Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae combined to win the doubles and complete a 3-0 clean-sweep.

Britain, captained by Judy Murray, also face Turkey and Ukraine this week in their bid to qualify to play-off for a place in the World Group.

Konta beat Kathinka von Deichmann 6-0, 6-0 in Budapest, with Watson a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Stephanie Vogt.

Rae and Smith, making her Fed Cup debut, beat Vogt and Von Deichmann 6-1, 6-2.

"The supporters made a lot of noise and that makes a huge difference," Smith tweeted.external-link

"It's been a perfect start for the team, and we hope for more of the same tomorrow."

Murray expects a tougher assignment against Turkey, and she told lta.orgexternal-link: "It was a nice way to start the event and was a relatively stress-free day.

"It is nice to get through without having to spend too much time on court as by the time you get to the end of a week like this everyone is getting a bit tired."

Britain will play the country who top Group C on Saturday, if they win their own Group B.

The winners of that match will go through to the April play-off to contest a place in next year's 16-team World Group.

Britain's James Ward beat Croatia's Antonio Veic 6-2 6-4 in the first round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tournament.

The 27-year-old world number 109 next faces the fifth seed Andreas Seppi of Italy.

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