By Tom Garry
BBC Sport at University of Bath
A “light-headed” Johanna Konta changed into given the chance of retiring one day of her Fed Cup settle on over Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic by captain Anne Keothavong.
The exhausted British #1 – playing her third three-location match is as many days – changed into slumped on the floor one day of a ruin after the second location.
But she recovered to settle on 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-2, sending GB into April’s play-offs.
“She did now not dangle to proceed if she felt be pleased she could presumably now not, but she wished to,” Keothavong mentioned.
“She showed so grand braveness and resolution to assemble one contrivance.”
Konta’s defiant settle on and an earlier 6-4 6-3 victory for an in-assemble Katie Boulter over Ivana Jorovic clinched Saturday’s tie for Britain in Bath, sending them thru to their third consecutive World Neighborhood II play-off.
Mammoth Britain – bidding to near support to the World Neighborhood for the first time since 1993 – were playing on dwelling soil this week for the first time in 26 years and won all of their rubbers across four fixtures in four days, with Boulter and Konta a success all of their singles rubbers.
I felt ‘out of body’ – Konta
Konta, who wished to be helped to her toes at the prime of her settle on over Krunic, changed into considered lying on the floor in a gangway one day of a comfort ruin between the second and third fashions.
“I regularly staunch variety began feeling extra and extra in downhearted health, feeling light-headed, shaky, feeling fairly of bit out of body,” the 27-three hundred and sixty five days-aged world quantity 39 mentioned.
“It got the larger of me at the prime of the second location. I truly staunch variety tried to now not fear, and staunch variety assess what I could presumably enact and assuredly enact the fully that I could presumably with that.
“I had to instant assess what my boundaries were. I attempted to zone in on the ball and time it as properly as I could presumably and strive to advise the ball as properly as likely, and I changed into ready to enact that, which made it advanced for her to enact what she wished with the ball, which I have confidence is what assuredly enabled me to near support thru.”
Keothavong suggested BBC Radio 5 live: “Going into this match, I knew fatigue can also very properly be a voice. It be been a tough week.
“Every match she has played this week has been extremely tricky.”
Requested if Konta came shut to retiring after the second location, Keothavong spoke back: “I gave her the chance.
“She mentioned she wished to retain going, to give herself an opportunity, to give herself the opportunity to settle on her match for the crew.
“She wants to be in actuality happy with herself, because all of us are.”
Boulter mentioned she changed into “so proud” of Konta, adding: “She labored so laborious and pushed thru boundaries I’m particular she did now not need to battle thru this day.”
‘An extended timeout’
Krunic mentioned she had belief Konta had taken “a truly long timeout” but that if she had properly being issues then she could presumably now not bitch.
“It be advanced for each person. None of us are unique,” the Serb mentioned.
“If she nearly fainted and he or she changed into lying on the floor, then grab as long as that you just must additionally dangle got to face up.
“Concerning her play, I did now not gaze something disagreeable along with her on the court.”
What occurs next?
Mammoth Britain now stay up for Tuesday’s intention [12:00 GMT] for the play-offs that could supply the chance of promotion to the second tier of girls’s crew tennis and Keothavong has one straightforward wish.
“A residence tie,” she mentioned.
There will most certainly be eight teams in the play-offs, along with the other three winners of this week’s regional third-tier events and the four aspects who lose World Neighborhood II ties this weekend.
It is at this stage that Mammoth Britain dangle fallen four times in the previous seven years, most lately final April when they misplaced the deciding doubles rubber against a Japan crew that featured contemporary world #1 Naomi Osaka.
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