|Fed Cup: Group That I Europe/Africa Zone|
|Venue: University of Bath Presents: 6 9 February 20-19|
|Coverage: BBC Web Site Will Probably have live text commentaries on selected GB Games|
Katie Boulter battled to a gripping three-set win over Hungary’s Dalma Galfi to border Good Britain closer to topping their Fed Cup group.
The British number 2 won 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) in two hours 22 minutes before a noisy home crowd in Bath.
“My whole heart, I put on that point there,” Boulter stated.
Johanna Konta confronts Anna Bondar next, knowing victory will probably put Great Britain to Saturday’s play off against Group B winners Serbia.
The play-off’s winners will advance to the World Group II play-offs, where they are going to get the probability of promotion to the next tier of women’s club tennis of April.
However, a defeat for Konta at the second singles rubber of Friday would mean the doubles game, by which Katie Swan and also Harriet Dart are put to represent the hosts would decides that the tie.
Boulter thrives from the large points overdue on
Boulter and world number 311 Galfi came with singles records that were 100% so much this week, although the in-form 20-year-old Hungarian had demanded to over come the Valentini Grammatikopoulou along with Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan of Greece.
Yet Boulter – unfazed by the responsibility of leading outside the hosts – put in yet another display that is mature and looked on course for a relatively routine win. She had been just two fractures up to taking the set.
But a fearless Galfi defied her world ranking to attack back, serving dominantly at the 2nd set before taking charge of the tie-break to level the game, and then moving up a separation at the third, until 22-year-old Boulter saw the strength hitting herself.
From the, Boulter chose the initiative, fast moving into a 5-0 lead and setting five game points up, serving 6-1. She needed one of them, as Galfi slit her forehand return wide, sending the home fans.
“Thank you a lot for helping me out,” she told the audience. “This is all to me. This means .
“I was not calm in any way. I desired to find so that I knew I had won the previous ball move out. My heart has been pumping quickly.”
Can Britain eventually go back to the Entire Planet Group?
Britain have played since 1993 out the Fed Cup two tiers but are bidding to reach at the World Group II play-offs for a third successive year.
But – for example Friday’s tie – that they need to win three fixtures until April’s play off, to be encouraged, together with Team B winners Serbia lying in wait on Saturday.
Europe/Africa zone Team I event in Bath, Only at that third-tier, you will find eight teams – split into two groups – shooting part and the two group winners will meet to decide that progresses.
While Serbia defeated Croatia early in the day in the day on Friday to finish top of Group B. Hungary and GB had just two wins from 2