Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray has vowed the team will bounce back after their disappointing defeat to Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Three set defeats for Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha meant the home side took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie and condemned GB to their second World Group play-off defeat in succession.
Robson went down 6-4 4-6 6-2 to world number 145 Paula Ormaechea before Baltacha was defeated 7-5 3-6 6-1 by Maria Irigoyen, who is ranked 197.
Murray said conditions made it tough for the GB women and they were disappointed but would bounce back.
"It was a really tough day. I thought the Argentine girls played really well," she told reporters.
"It was really hot out there, very noisy crowd, a lot for our girls to deal with. We put up a great fight, we couldn't have tried any harder and we're all absolutely gutted."
Defeat means Great Britain return to the Euro/Africa zone and will not get another chance at a World Group play-off until next February.
Murray insisted there were many positives despite defeat and claimed the side were getting closer every year.
“We had our chances and didn't quite get there,” she added.
"We are getting close, though, to the play-offs and hopefully next year we can go one better.”
Playing on clay in the heat of Buenos Aires was the difference in the tie, according to Baltacha, who claimed things might have been different if the tie had taken place in Britain.
“It helps when you have that particular crowd and a very slow clay court,” she said.
“I think if we had played them at home, indoors, it wouldn't even have been a challenge to be honest.”
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