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Ill health Johanna Konta withdraws from Fed Cup team

After reaching the Australian Open semi-final, Johanna Konta has withdrawn from Great Britain's Fed Cup team on medical advice.

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Johanna Konta has been forced to pull out of Great Britain's Fed Cup team due to an intestinal issue.

The 24-year-old became the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam since 1983 at the Australian Open, before her run was ended by eventual champion Angelique Kerber.

With GB set to travel to Israel for Group 1 clashes against South Africa and Georgia next week, their hopes have suffered a blow with the news that Konta will not be present.

"After having consulted with two doctors, my coach, physio and the LTA, unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the upcoming Fed Cup in Israel," the 24-year-old said in a statement.

"I have been advised by the doctors that playing there would jeopardise an ongoing intestinal issue that got progressively worse through the Australian Open.

"This comes as a big disappointment to me and I regret not being able to play. I have represented GB every time I have been asked to and fully intend to play again given the opportunity in the future."

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