|Fed Cup: Community I Europe/Africa Zone|
|Venue: College of Bathtub Dates: 6-9 February 2019|
|Coverage: BBC web house can non-public stay textual swear commentaries on chosen GB matches|
Colossal Britain moved a step closer to Fed Cup promotion after Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta’s gruelling three-location wins sealed victory over Hungary.
Boulter battled thru a thriller towards Dalma Galfi 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) within the round-robin match in Bathtub.
Konta then overcame world number 224 Anna Bondar 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-4) to be particular the hosts cease high of Community A.
They’ll face Community B winners Serbia on Saturday (16:30 GMT) for a location in April’s promotion play-offs.
Victory over the Serbs – who beat Croatia earlier on Friday – would build aside Britain within the World Community II play-offs for a Third year in a row.
Konta clinched a nervy third-location tie-ruin with her first match point as Bondar ignored a forehand.
That introduced an cease to the match after two hours 42 minutes, with the ability crowd at the College of Bathtub erupting as the clock ticked past 23:00 GMT.
“The motive I became on the ropes became attributable to the methodology she became playing. She carried out fabulous tennis,” Konta acknowledged.
“I’m very lucky to non-public come thru that. If one thing, I mediate it became my abilities which got me thru.”
Konta given colossal apprehension by world number 224
After Boulter’s moving triumph, British #1 Konta broke twice to opt her first location after appropriate half of an hour and seemed location for a satisfied victory.
But – in spite of being ranked 185 places higher than her 21-year-outdated opponent – feeble Wimbledon and Australian Delivery semi-finalist Konta became then frustrated by Bondar’s grand support.
Konta had nine possibilities to interrupt within the second location however would possibly per chance well well now not opt any of them and became then punished by the cussed Hungarian within the tie-ruin.
But the Briton battled support from 3-1 down within the third location and then survived three ruin parts at 4-4 within the decider, earlier to one other ruin out at 5-5, with her punchy groundstrokes saving the day.
“She became playing effectively so I needed to undergo in suggestions that and to now not think myself too harshly, and opt a peek at to interrupt her rhythm as indispensable as imaginable,” Konta acknowledged.
“I’m appropriate chuffed I adopted on from Katie as she is doing extremely effectively. It’s miles one other different now we non-public got given ourselves and we can dawdle into the following day [Saturday] and build aside it all available admire now we non-public got completed so a long way.”
Her victory supposed the tie became wrapped up without Colossal Britain desiring to play the doubles rubber.
Boulter thrives within the mighty parts behind on
Boulter and world number 311 Dalma Galfi arrived at their engrossing match with 100% singles records so a long way this week, although the in-make 20-year-outdated Hungarian had required appropriate four sets to beat Greece’s Valentini Grammatikopoulou and Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.
Yet Boulter – reputedly unfazed by the responsibility of leading out the hosts – build aside in a single other extinct portray within the most necessary location and looked location for a relatively routine purchase.
Alternatively, a courageous Galfi defied her world ranking to strike support, taking preserve a watch on of the second-location tie-ruin and moving a ruin up within the third, earlier to 22-year-outdated Boulter discovered the energy to hit support.
In the decisive third-location tie-ruin, Boulter took the initiative, getting in a 5-0 lead and then developing 5 match parts. Serving at 6-1, she wished appropriate regarded as one of them, as Galfi sliced a forehand return large.
“My total coronary heart, I build aside on that line there,” Boulter acknowledged after coming thru in two hours 22 minutes.
“It plan so indispensable for me to play for my nation.”
Chatting with BBC Radio 5 stay she added: “Every match, I attempt as exhausting as I’m able to. I’m a fighter – that is who I’m.
“I mediate I’ve confirmed that beforehand couple of days. Or now not it’s been a terribly upright week for me.”
Can Colossal Britain lastly return to the World Community?
Britain non-public carried out exterior the Fed Cup’s high two tiers since 1993 however are bidding to reach the World Community II play-offs for a Third successive year.
They’ve won three ties in three days to high their community, however they unruffled prefer to purchase two more consecutive fixtures to be promoted, with Community B winners Serbia lying in serve Saturday, earlier to April’s play-off.
At this third-tier, Europe/Africa zone Community I match in Bathtub, there were eight groups – nick up into two groups – taking segment, with finest the community winners meeting for of endeavor to progress.
Serbia overcame Croatia on Friday morning to cease high of Community B and – admire GB – non-public three wins from three so a long way.
The Serbs will dawdle into Saturday’s tie having had around six hours more rest than the British workers after one other behind cease in Bathtub.
Colossal Britain will unruffled be without the skilled Heather Watson, who has been sick this week, however captain Anne Keothavong believes Boulter and Konta can encourage more success.
“Coming thru matches 7-6 within the third will cease both their self belief a world of upright. They’d well well be operating high on adrenaline,” she acknowledged.
“We non-public a upright medical give a enhance to workers who shall be doing their finest appropriate now to be particular Jo and Katie are match and able to transfer all over again the following day.”
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
At the birth up of the week, it looked as if Croatia would possibly per chance well well be the workers to keep faraway from in Saturday’s play-off.
Their #1 Donna Vekic is the very best ranked player in Bathtub, however it without a doubt became Serbia’s larger energy intensive which proved decisive in Community B.
Both Aleksandra Krunic, who beat Johanna Konta at the 2017 US Delivery, and Olga Danilovic won their maiden WTA titles last year. The three gamers they non-public featured are all ranked all the very best plan thru the realm’s high 120.
Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta are without a doubt battle hardened, having come thru some very complicated scraps with a 100% instruct.
Stamina can assuredly be a quandary as the gamers formula a fourth tie in as many days. Konta’s last two matches non-public both lasted precisely two hours and 42 minutes, however now not just like the Serbs, neither she nor Boulter non-public yet been called upon to play the doubles.
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