Fed Cup: Johanna Konta & Katie Boulter wins put GB into World Group II play-offs

Johanna Konta fought through tiredness to send Fantastic Britain right into April’s Fed Cup promotion play-offs, with her sway Aleksandra Krunic securing a 2-0 victory over Serbia.

Konta, seen pushing the flooring in the gangway before the start of the third collection, required to be aided to her feet at the end of her 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-2 win.

Her team-mate Katie Boulter had previously rejected Ivana Jorovic 6-4 6-3.

GB are one win far from reaching Globe Team II for the first time because 1993.

Victory completed a perfect four days for GB in their very first Fed Mug matches on house dirt for 26 years, as they won all four of their incorporate Bathroom without shedding a single rubber.

A determined Konta revealed great spirit to discover enough power to win her third three-set fight in as lots of days, having gotten on court until after 23:00 GMT on Friday.

GB captain Anne Keothavong informed BT Sporting activity: “The guts, the nerve by Jo and Katie today … Physically, if I could tell you what’s going on behind the scenes.

” These girls are so solid. I don’t recognize what to state. I’m so happy.”

Fantastic Britain will now play in April’s play-offs for a third successive year as they seek to get to the second tier of women’s group tennis.

Konta steadies herself to claim triumph

Following a reasonably slow-moving beginning, Konta fought back from a break down beforehand and afterwards competed in to a 6-0 lead in the first-set tie-break before Krunic went long with a backhand on the Briton’s 2nd set factor.

An identified Krunic looked fresher and secured the 2nd set when Konta netted a backhand after a solid protective recuperation from the Serb at established point.

After a comfort break – during which a worn down Konta was seen on the flooring – the British number one steadied herself incredibly to move a break up to 3-1 in the 3rd set.

And she broke once again in the last video game to take the set 6-2, mentally sinking to the flooring after sealing it with her second match point.

Her enjoying parents were noticeably distressed and her mum Gabriella hurried to the court to offer her daughter a hug.

” I’m really feeling pretty rubbish however it’s ALRIGHT,” Konta claimed.

Her success prompted wild scenes in Bath, with the enthralled house crowd praising Konta, Boulter as well as increases players Harriet Dart as well as Katie Swan for winning every one of their suits against Slovenia, Greece, Hungary and Serbia over a gripping four-day event.

Boulter places ‘heart on the line’

Boulter, 22, took the duty of leading out the hosts in her stride. She organized all four of her opening collections and went on to provide 4 valuable wins, unfazed by an expanding stare of media limelight. While doing so, she ever so slightly eased the stress on Konta.

Leicester-born Boulter, that battled through a thriller against Hungary’s Dalma Galfi to win in a third-set tie-break on Friday, needed no such dramatization to get over Jorovic on Saturday, coming through in one hour 28 mins.

Jorovic, ranked 34 locations less than globe number 83 Boulter, was the much more error-prone as well as the Briton took advantage to win six of her 11 break factors, to the delight of one more sold-out crowd at the University of Bath.

” I can be found in to this week not knowing what to expect,” claimed Boulter, who before this week had just played two Fed Mug doubles matches. “Ahead out with 4 success is most likely much better than I imagined.

” I wasn’t entering to today assuming ‘I’m mosting likely to win 4 matches’. I was just placing my heart on the line and also doing the best that I can, and after that seeing what comes of it.

” Betting your country is a bit various to just betting on your own. You’re trying to make people honored.

” It is really unique and also ideally I can duplicate that many more times.”

Will Britain lastly go back to the World Group?

Britain have played outside the Fed Cup’s top two tiers because 1993, yet still need to win one more component to go up to World Team II.

At this third-tier, Europe/Africa area Team I event in Bathroom, there were originally 8 teams – divided into 2 groups – participating, with just GB proceeding, having now eliminated Team B winners Serbia.

The hosts – who lacked the skilled Heather Watson, who has been ill throughout the week – will now wait for Tuesday’s draw for the play-offs, which will certainly be used 20-21 April.

” Below’s to wishing for a residence incorporate April,” said Konta.

Amongst the 7 groups Excellent Britain might face in the play-offs are Russia, that won the various other Europe/Africa zone Group 1 occasion taking place this week in Poland. Brazil as well as Kazakhstan are additionally in the hat, while the various other 4 groups will certainly be determined on Sunday relying on results in Globe Group II.


BBC tennis reporter Russell Fuller

Except the first time, Johanna Konta’s strength shone via. She showed up on the verge of retired life, as well as though underpowered on offer, composed a impressive and professional last collection.

The British leading reported feeling light headed as well as unsteady at the end of the second collection, as well as likened it to a bit of an “out-of-body” experience. Whatever the reason, she dealt with the scenario with enormous courage.

Katie Boulter additionally had a wonderful week – leading from the front as she made her debut in Fed Mug songs.

Saturday’s efficiency especially teemed with heart. Boulter played 4 three established matches in St Petersburg recently, and also after a couple of long suits in Bath, her gas scale was heading towards empty.

Boulter has made massive strides over the past 8 months, as well as happily appears to flourish on the pressure and expectations of team competition.

It was a superb week, all round. Virtually 16,000 people acquired tickets – a substantial recommendation of the LTA’s decision to bid to host the event after 26 years of away connections.

It would nearly be a pity if Britain is not in a placement to hold the occasion again next February, although that long-awaited go back to the elite level of the Fed Mug would be enough payment.

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