Britain welcome Keothavong back for tough Fed Cup test

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Great Britain have been handed a tough draw in the Fed Cup this week starting with Bosnia & Herzegovina in Lisbon today.

Team GB, who are in Europe/Africa Zone Group One, have been drawn alongside Belarus, who are led by world no 6 Victoria Azarenka, and Austria as well as Bosnia & Herzegovina. Should they top their group after two singles and one doubles match, the team would play off against another group winner from the same zone on Saturday with the winners through to the World Group II play-offs in April.

Anne Keothavong returns after six months out with injury with British No 1 Elena Baltacha, who reached the third round of the Australian Open, Katie O'Brien and Sarah Borwell making up the four-player team.

Captain Nigel Sears admitted his side faced a tricky test: "All the groups are tough – we have to accept now that whichever group we're in we have to beat a good team to get into the semi-finals. But we've got a very strong team and we've also got a doubles specialist in Sarah Borwell."