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Fed Cup defeat for GB
Great Britain were condemned to defeat in their Fed Cup tie against Sweden after a creditable singles debut for Laura Robson ended in defeat to Sofia Arvidsson.
The teenager acquitted herself better than senior partners Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, when the pair suffered respective straight-sets defeats to Johanna Larsson and Arvidsson.
Robson said: "I'm pretty upset but my team-mates are proud of me. Maybe in a few days I'll think it was a pretty good effort but right now I'm devastated."
She was beaten 6-4 1-6 6-3 as Arvidsson wrapped up Sweden's promotion to World Group II.
A similarly emphatic result to Saturday's matches appeared on the cards when Arvidsson roared into a 4-0 first-set lead. Robson battled back to extend the set but could not force a tie-break. She took her momentum into the second set, though, powering to a 6-1 win to force a decider.
The Swede, number 54 in the world rankings, broke to lead 4-2 in the final set. Robson dug deep to save eight match points before Arvidsson finally wrapped up victory.
Rebson added: "In Fed Cup you're not just playing for yourself, you're playing for your country, and all the emotion that built up on court just came through."
Arvidsson said: "I played a really great match, I had to play really well to beat her. She played well and it was a fun match."
Robson's defeat left two dead rubbers to play. Keothavong could not prevent Larsson extending Sweden's margin to 4-0. Britain gained some consolation in the closing doubles rubber as Baltacha and Heather Watson beat Ellen Allgurin and Hilda Melander 7-6 (7/3) 6-1.
Team captain Judy Murray said: "There is a lot to be excited about with some very positive performances from the team today and we managed to get a win in the doubles, which was a great way to finish. We're very, very proud of Laura. She left nothing on the court and there was so little in it."