20 - 21 April 2019

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

Copper Box Arena, London

Fed Cup: Brits seal epic 3-1 World Group II victory

  • 21/04/2019

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Great Britain's Fed Cup team re-wrote the history books by earning a spot in the World Group for the first time since 1993. 

Following her impressive 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Zarina Diyas on the opening day of the World Group II Play-Off, Johanna Konta gave Great Britain a 2-1 lead by overcoming world No.38 Yulia Putintseva in another three-set thriller. 

The British No.1 showed phenomenal grit by battling back from a set down to level the match at one set apiece. At 4-1 down in the deciding set, she dug deep and delighted a sold-out crowd by turning the tables and capturing an epic 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win. 

Despite falling in a tantalisingly close encounter on Saturday to Putintseva, British No.2 Boulter returned to the Copper Box spirited. She gave it everything on court as she too fought back from a set down, before triumphing 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-1 over world No.107 Zarina Diyas. 

The result edged the Brits to an incredible 3-1 victory and ended a 26-year hiatus away from the elite Fed Cup level. They will next return to action in February 2020 for the opening round of World Group clashes. 

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