Her son, Andy may have attracted some bad press after his fourth set collapse in the final of the Australian Open at the weekend, despite his marvellous achievements on the way to the final itself, but his mother Judy had cause for happier emotions in the Fed Cup. Murray senior captained her British women's team to a clean-sweep over Liechtenstein in the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 first round match, as they won convincingly 3-0 against their European rivals in Budapest.
With both Heather Watson and Johanna Konta tasting success in their singles matches, the win was already confirmed by the time of the final doubles rubber. However, for good measure Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae combined to complete the whitewash, by taking the doubles as well against the same nation.
Watson will have been pleased to put her Australian Open misery behind her, where she had hoped to reach the second week of action, with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Stephanie Vogt here. Konta, the 23-year-old Australian-born player who qualifies to play for Britain, was nigh on perfect in her demolition of Kathinka von Deichmann with a double bagel, 6-0 6-0. Smith was making her Fed Cup debut for Britain and will have been pleased to get a victory under her belt in partnership with Rae, as they had few problems in defeating Vogt and von Deichmann 6-1 6-2 in the doubles.
In a tough series of qualifying matches, Britain will have little time for celebration though, as they also face Turkey and Ukraine this week as they bid to gain a qualification place into the play-offs that precede competition within the World Group itself. To gain a place in next year's 16-team World Group, Britain will need to first win their group this week, which would put them into a further match on Saturday against another group winner. Should they be triumphant in that tussle, they would then qualify for the play-offs in April.