Fed Cup: Katie Boulter wins to put Great Britain ahead against Serbia

By Tom Garry

BBC Sport at College of Bathtub

Katie Boulter has obtained all four of her singles suits this week in Bathtub
Fed Cup: Crew I Europe/Africa Zone
Venue: College of Bathtub Dates: 6-9 February 2019
Coverage: BBC internet place will appreciate stay textual bellow commentaries on selected GB suits

Katie Boulter assign Colossal Britain on the verge of April’s Fed Cup promotion play-offs by beating Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic in straight sets in Bathtub.

The British amount two’s 6-4 6-3 clutch gave her team the suitable originate as much as Saturday’s needed most productive-of-three tie.

If Johanna Konta beats Aleksandra Krunic subsequent, Britain will clutch and transfer a step closer to World Crew II.

Boulter’s victory used to be her fourth in four days, asserting her 100% Fed Cup sage.

“I’m shut to tears appropriate now. It has been a terribly long week,” Boulter talked about.

“It formula all the pieces and so unparalleled more. I assign all the pieces on the court docket and appreciate so unparalleled coronary heart. It gorgeous formula so unparalleled to me.”

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The hosts – who triumphed in all three of their round-robin suits between Wednesday and Friday to high Crew A – are bidding to reach the World Crew II play-offs for a third successive year.

Ought to peaceful Konta be crushed by Serbia’s world amount 57 Krunic, the tie would possibly be decided by a closing doubles rubber, in which Harriet Trek and Katie Swan are pickle to play for Colossal Britain in opposition to Krunic and Olga Danilovic.

Boulter puts ‘coronary heart on the line’

Katie Boulter says she has finished better than she imagined she would this week

Boulter, 22, has taken the accountability of main out the hosts in her plug, taking price of all four of her opening sets and going on to relate four treasured wins, unfazed by a growing witness of media highlight and ever-so-somewhat easing the strain on Konta.

Leicester-born Boulter, who battled by technique of a thriller in opposition to Hungary’s Dalma Galfi to take cling of in a third-pickle tie-spoil on Friday, wished no such drama to beat Jorovic on Saturday, coming by technique of in a single hour 28 minutes.

Jorovic, ranked 34 locations lower than world amount 83 Boulter, used to be the more error-inclined and the Briton took earnings to take cling of six of her 11 spoil functions, to the pleasure of 1 other offered-out crowd on the College of Bathtub.

“I came in to this week now not gleaming what to await,” talked about the Briton, who sooner than this week had only performed two Fed Cup doubles suits. “To come motivate out with four wins could perhaps very effectively be better than I imagined.

“I wasn’t coming into into to this week thinking ‘I’m going to take cling of four suits’. I was gorgeous placing my coronary heart on the line and doing the supreme that I will, and then seeing what comes of it.

“Playing to your country is a minute utterly different to gorgeous playing for yourself. You are searching to bag other folks proud.

“I will’t even present you what the feeling is whereas you are stroll out on to that stage, whereas you are got each person chanting [for you] and what appreciate you.

“It is very particular and expectantly I will replicate that many more conditions.”

Will Britain in the slay return to the World Crew?

Boulter’s clutch leaves captain Anne Keothavong (left) one clutch from taking the team to the promotion play-offs

Britain appreciate performed outside the Fed Cup’s high two tiers since 1993, but – together with Saturday’s tie in opposition to the Serbs – peaceful must clutch two more fixtures in a row to head as much as World Crew II.

At this third-tier, Europe/Africa zone Crew I event in Bathtub, there were on the starting up eight groups – cleave up into two groups – taking fragment, with only the neighborhood winners GB and Serbia meeting for an different to progress.

The hosts stay with out Heather Watson, who has been sick all around the week.

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