Raducanu out of Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup squad

Emma Raducanu won’t be a part of Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup squad to face France within the qualifiers with captain Anne Keothavong saying on Friday that the British primary was “unavailable”.

Former U.S. Open champion Raducanu, now ranked 77th on the earth, reached the final 16 at Indian Wells this week the place she misplaced to world primary Iga Swiatek.

The 20-year-old had pulled out of the BJK Cup group in October final yr because of a wrist harm. Britain reached the semi-finals in Glasgow in November the place they had been crushed by Australia.

“I’m happy to call the identical group because the one we had 4 months in the past in Glasgow the place we gelled so effectively and the group spirit was electrical. There have been some memorable performances throughout the week to assist us attain the semi-finals,” Keothavong mentioned.

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Harriet Dart (ranked 109), Heather Watson (140), Katie Boulter (151), and doubles gamers Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls had been picked for the qualifying tie to be performed from April 14-15 in Coventry.

“Harriet confirmed us what she’s able to by beating the likes of (Paula) Badosa and (Ajla) Tomljanovic,” Keothavong added.

“Katie and Heather have a confirmed monitor file on this competitors and are enthusiastic as ever to be a part of this group. Whereas Emma is unavailable for this tie we stay up for seeing her again on the group within the close to future.”

There are 18 groups competing for 9 locations on the BJK Cup Finals which is able to happen in November.