Emma Raducanu set for Billie Jean King Cup debut against Czech Republic

The duo were named in the Great Britain team alongside Katie Swan and surprise pick Sonay Kartal.

Great Britain are scheduled to take on the Czech Republic in the Billie Jean King Cup next month, where Emma Raducanu could make her debut.

The 19-year-old has twice been named in the squad before, but failed to make an appearance.

However, after soaring up to world No.13 over the last year, Raducanu looks set to not only feature, but spearhead the British team.

The US Open champion will head a four-strong line-up for what will be a fiendishly difficult assignment on clay in Prague on April 15-16.

She's joined in the team by Harriet Dart, who enjoyed a strong run in the Indian Wells this week, reaching the last 16 before bowing out to America's Madison Keys in straight sets.

Katie Swan and surprise pick Sonay Kartal were also named in the squad, with the latter being Raducanu's childhood rival. Kartal is currently enjoying a superb run of form, winning 31 of her last 34 matches.

Ahead of the tournament, team captain Anne Keothavong said: "We are looking forward to the challenge of playing the Czechs. Emma will be making her singles debut. Harriet and Katie have been an integral part of the team the last couple of years, while I'm excited to give Sonay that experience for the first time.

"Every tie creates a unique pressure and intensity, which I'm sure our players will thrive on, and, even though we have a difficult challenge ahead against the Czechs, I have every confidence our squad will do themselves and their country proud."

It will a huge test for Raducanu, who has never played a senior competitive match on clay. While she hasn't had the greatest of season starts so far, she'll be heavily relied upon when coming up against the Czechs.

They have two top-10 players in their squad, including French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova, who has won the title six times since 2011.

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