Great Britain lose to Sweden in Fed Cup

Robson left in tears as British girls suffer defeat against Sweden in Fed Cup

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 22 April 2012

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 on Saturday, when the pair suffered respective straight-sets defeats to Johanna Larsson and Arvidsson.

Robson was beaten 6-4 1-6 6-3 on Sundya as Arvidsson wrapped up Sweden's promotion to World Group II.

Tears: Laura Robson is consoled by team-mates after her defeat

Tears: Laura Robson is consoled by team-mates after her defeat

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, No 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.

In the thick of it: Robson battled well before losing to Sofia Arvidsson

In the thick of it: Robson battled well before losing to Sofia 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.

'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.'

The result means Britain will play in Europe/Africa Zone Group I next year.