British duo beaten in Sweden

Great Britain face a huge task to avoid defeat in their Fed Cup World Group II play-off against Sweden after going down 2-0 after the first day's play in Boras.


Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong both lost their opening rubbers, meaning they must win all three of Sunday's matches to win the tie.

Baltacha lost the first match 6-1 7-5 to Johanna Larsson before Keothavong went down 6-1 6-4 to Sofia Arvidsson, at 54th in the world the highest-ranked player in the tie.

British number one Baltacha will look to at least avoid a whitewash when she plays Arvidsson on Sunday before Keothavong is slated to play Larsson.

Should a deciding tie be required, Heather Watson and Laura Robson will play Arvidsson and Larsson in a doubles rubber.